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Analysis of John Keats
John Keats was an English Romantic poet. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, he was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic Movement, despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death. During his life, his poems were not generally well received by critics; however, after his death, his reputation grew to the extent that by the end of the 19th century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He has had a significant influence on a diverse range of later poets and writers. Jorge Luis Borges, for instance, stated that his first encounter with Keats was the most significant literary experience of his life. Keats’ poetry is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and analyzed in English literature. John Keats suffered many hardships losing his family to tuberculosis, orphaned as a child and was “mastered and enslaved by a pining, degrading lovesickness” (Brown) for a woman named Fanny Brawne, whom he was never able to wed. However with all his trials and tribulations he was very passionate about his poetry; the rich, sensuous way in which he wrote demonstrates it in poems such as “Bright Star” and “To Autumn”.
“Bright Star” by John Keats, expresses the poet’s desire to be like a star. In the poem the tone is melancholic while the theme is the desire to live in an unchanging state. Keats uses rhyme and literary techniques to reveal these ideas. The melancholic tone is expressed throughout the poem. He begins with the use of apostrophe, by addressing the star. “Bright star! Would I were steadfast as thou art” (line 1). His desire is to be the impossible, unchanging like a star. Although he understands that a star is “sleepless” (line 4), he acknowledges this as a…...

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