The Grasshopper and the Bell Cricket by Yasunari Kawabata

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Why does the poet say that the poetry of earth never dies?

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The speaker is describing, as earth's own poetry, the sounds made by living creatures, and the visual poetry created by the appearance of flowers in bloom and birds flying. He suggests that these sounds and visuals are all expressions of earth. If they are earth's poetry, then, the poetry of earth is never dead because there is always something living and alert when other things have been sent into hiding by "the hot sun" or the time of year.

Specifically, in this poem, Keats refers to the grasshopper, stating that his "voice" can be heard when the summer is too hot and the birds have gone to hide. In a similar...

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