When I Have Fears Questions and Answers
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Explain and critically comment on the following lines from the poem When I Have Fears by KeatsWhen I behold, upon the night’s starred face,    Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance, And think that I may never live to trace    Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;

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When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
   Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
   Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
 
These lines from Keats' "When I have Fears" captures the speaker's fears of dying before he can accomplish everything he desires.  In this particular section, Keats uses imagery and metaphor to discuss two things he fears not being able to do before death.  The first act is the literal and obvious reading of the poem, which is to say that the speaker wants to experience the...

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