Discuss the use of imagery in Keats' "On the Grasshopper and the Cricket."

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The major piece of imagery to focus on is the way that the two lines which introduce the two sections of this short poem suggest the theme of what Keats is trying to convey. The poem begins with the line:

The poetry of earth is never dead

Roughly in the middle of the poem, the second section of the poem is introduced with the following line:

The poetry of earth is ceasing never

These two lines indicate the message of the poem and capture the imagery of what Keats is trying to convey. The music of nature is characterised in the image of "the poetry of earth" and the role of the grasshopper and the cricket in ensuring that, even when all of nature is quiet, that poetry still continues is highlighted and praised. For the grasshopper, even when it is so hot that the birds are hiding in "cooling trees," sings out and "has never done / With his delights." The cricket sings out earth's poetry even on winter nights "when the frost / has wrought a silence." Thus nature conspires to perpetuate the poetry of earth no matter how inhospitable the situation.

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Explain the use and the effect of the imagery and words specifically chosen by the poet in the poem On the grasshopper and the cricketThe poem is On the grasshopper and the cricket by John Keats

The resounding image in the poem is the joy of nature.  The images of the grasshopper and cricket's joyful noises, the warmth of the sun and the cool relief of the shade, and the freshly mown mead all add to a feeling of happiness and celebration.  Keats focuses on the cricket and the grasshopper as the celebrators of nature.  They are nature's soundtrack, and her trumpeters.

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