The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket Questions and Answers
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What do the grasshoppers and cricket symbolize?  

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John Keats’ “On the Grasshopper and Cricket” is a poem that muses how the “Poetry of earth is never dead,” an observation the speaker makes in line 2.

The speaker uses the grasshopper and the cricket to illustrate ways in which this poetry is “ceasing never.” From his perspective, the world is beautiful and nourishing to the soul all of the time.

The grasshopper represents the energy of summer in the poem. Keats contrasts the “faint with the hot...

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