Explain the contrast of theme in John Keats' poem, "On the Grasshopper and Cricket." Explain in full details.
John Keats' poem, "On the Grasshopper and Cricket," is a wonderful poem.
Keats, as a second-generation Romantic poet, pays special attention to nature in his poem, which is a characteristic of this kind of writing: the return to, and admiration for, nature.
Keats' first line tells use that "the poetry of earth is never dead." He states that it as a living thing, and, indeed, in his poem he proves just that: the creatures come alive to the reader.
First of all, Keats allows the reader to care for the grasshopper immediately, personifying him as a creature who after he has...
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The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper's--he takes the lead
In summer luxury,--he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The Grasshopper's among some grassy hills.