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What are the fears that the poet is referring to in When I Have Fears by Keats? What are the fears that the poet is referring to

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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 beginning of the poem in reference to objects: pen, brain, and books.  He describes his brain as "teeming," suggesting that it is full of unwritten ideas and thoughts that Keats wishes to have a chance to express.

2. Fear that he may never live long enough to trace the shadows of the stars

This next fear builds upon the first, as the speaker ruminates on the beauty of the night sky, wishfully...

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