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In "The Grasshopper and the Cricket," how is the grasshopper enjoying the luxuries of nature?

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In the classic poem "On the Grasshopper and the Cricket," John Keats writes of the beauty of nature and the cycle of the seasons. Both summer and winter are equally celebrated, with the grasshopper enjoying nature's luxuries in the summer and the cricket echoing the grasshopper's joy in the winter.

The grasshopper enjoys the luxuries of nature in several ways. First of all, the grasshopper appreciates the warmth of the hot sun. It plays and has fun by leaping from hedge to hedge. When it gets too tired for such activity, its fun does not cease. Exuberant playing is one kind of luxuriant activity, but the grasshopper also loves to rest at ease in the shade beneath plants. At the end, Keats writes of the cricket's song seeming similar to the grasshopper's, implying that another luxury of nature that the grasshopper enjoys is expressing its joy in song.

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In the poem, the grasshopper is said to be enjoying the luxuries of nature; he does this by reveling in the wonderful summer weather and enjoying his explorations "From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead."

Unlike the birds who become "faint with the hot sun," the grasshopper does not let the heat of the sun exhaust his energy; he is able to savor his joy in the outdoors and is "never done with his delights." When tired with his jaunts, the grasshopper merely "rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed."

The luxury of nature rests in its bountiful life; the poet asserts that "the poetry of earth is never dead." Even in the deep of winter, the strains of the grasshopper's summer song can be heard in the midst of one's reveries. Indeed, the cricket's song, before the warmth of some stove in winter, may sound little different from the grasshopper's song in the heat of summer.

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