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When I Have Fears

In this sonnet, Keats is contemplating the things that inspire him to create his poetry, his art. Because of his fear that an early death awaits him, he expresses his regret at not having the...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 9:28 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

"Of the wide world I stand alone, and think Till love and fame to nothingness do sink." (13-14) Keats' final couplet concludes his anxious poem "When I Have Fears." Many poets use the common...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2012 2:09 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

The poem “When I Fear That I May Cease to Be” by John Keats contains many poetic devices, the most obvious of which is the Shakespearean Sonnet form. This means the poem follows the end rhyme...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 8:45 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

Like all poetry, meaning is left to the reader. Poetry is subjective- what this means is that a reader determines meaning through the emotion they bring to the reading. This meaning is based off of...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011 10:49 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

In "When I Have Fears," Keats is afraid he will die before he can fully experience love and before he can fully develop as a writer. In line 4, the "full ripen'd grain" represents the fully ripe,...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 8:49 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

In the poem "When I have Fears," the speaker categorically lists particular fears that he has: 1. Fear of dying before he has written all that he can. The speaker describes this fear at the very...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2012 7:40 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

The pen is a symbol of the speaker’s creative power. It is the manner in which he can express all of his ideas and intelligence and share them with the world so that he may remain even after his...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2010 9:51 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

John Keats' poem "When I Have Fears" is a poem that touches on multiple themes, one of them being Death. Two other themes that stand out in the poem are Life (contrasting Death) and Fear. An...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 7:48 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

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...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2012 8:02 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

Keats wrote this sonnet a year before his death. His parents were sickly and short-lived and so was his brother, Tom, so he had good reason to fear the passage of time. His first concern is that he...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019 3:49 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

Written like a Shakespearean sonnet, this poem is sometimes given the fuller title "When I have fears that I may cease to be." The central theme is the fear of death. For Keats, he fears death for...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2012 3:23 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

In the second line of "When I Have Fears," Keats worries that he will die before he can write down all the poetry his brain will have to offer, before his pen can "glean" (extract) those ideas from...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 10:37 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

One of the elements that makes this such a successful and hugely popular poem is the way that it addresses a fear that the majority of us experience at some point in our lives: what would happen if...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2012 9:47 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

When I Have Fears When I have fears that I may cease to beBefore my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,Before high-piled books, in charactery,Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;When I...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2011 7:45 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

John Keats reveals his fear that he will die young, and before he gets the chance to experience the love of a wonderful woman and also before he reaches the pinnacle of the talent as a poet. Oddly...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2009 9:36 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

John Keats’s poem “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be” might be summarized as follows: When I worry that I may die Before I have been able to write everything I would like to write, including...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2012 4:17 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

John Keats' famous poem, "When I Have Fears," directly deals with knowledge of his impending death from tuberculosis (then called "consumption"). It was a very contagious disease, which not only...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 4:53 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

Keats imitates the Shakespearean sonnet in his poem "When I Have Fears." His poem perfectly mimics the form of a Shakespearean sonnet, both in rhyme scheme (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG) and form. He uses...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2012 1:41 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

The speaker of the poem is Keats himself. He expresses fear that he may die young. He is afraid that he will die before he is able to reach his full potential as a poet or, “before my pen has...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 12:34 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

Keats died of tuberculosis at a very early age. This was a great loss to literature because he was such an obvious genius. During much of his young adulthood he was haunted by the fear of death...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2012 12:01 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

Concerning your question about "When I Have Fears" by Keats, identifying images and specific language in the poem is just the first step to analyzing images and language. What matters more is how...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 1:16 pm UTC

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When I Have Fears

Keats is afraid of a number of things. First of all, he's afraid that he will die before he's had a chance to fulfill his creative potential as an artist. Keats uses an agricultural metaphor—"full...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2019 10:51 am UTC

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When I Have Fears

Romantic poet John Keats ends his 1848 Elizabethan sonnet,“When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be,” with two things he aspires to—fame and love—dissolving into to “nothingness.” This...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 12:49 pm UTC

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