What techniques are used in "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" by John Keats?

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John Keats uses several techniques in his excellent poem "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," but I've chosen to focus on two of them: first on his use of the Italian sonnet, and second on his extended use of metaphor.

Keats wrote "Chapman's Homer" as an Italian sonnet, a notoriously difficult form for English poetry. The Italian sonnet follows a rigid rhyme scheme—abba abba cdcdcd ; in Italian this rhyme scheme is pretty easy to follow, as the Italian language possesses many words that rhyme with each other. It is much more difficult...

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