A Literary Analysis of how Keats Spices his Work up a Bit

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We all know that person in our lives that can always tell a really good story. Whether it is a camp fire story, or just a life story, some people are just really good at telling good ones. These people probably use different methods to make their stories really good. For example, people can inject little things in their stories that aren’t exactly true to make it better. One man in history that uses certain things to spice up his works of poetry is John Keats. According to the article Romanticism, in Literary Movement for Students, “John Keats was the youngest of the major romantic poets. He was born October 31, 1795, in London, England, to a lower-middle-class family. His father's accidental death in 1804, and his mother's death in 1809 after a long bout with tuberculosis, marked him with a sense of life's precariousness, a theme that recurs in his poetry.” Keats used many different things to structure his poetry including imagery, personification, figures of speech, and sound.
John Keats is one of the greatest poets of all time to use imagery. Imagery is defined as descriptive language that re-creates sensory experience. According to John Keats, an article in the Encyclopedia of World Biography, “The English poet John Keats (1795-1821) stressed that man's quest for happiness and fulfillment is thwarted by the sorrow and corruption inherent in human nature. His works are marked by rich imagery and melodic beauty.” One example of imagery that John Keats uses is in his poem On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, when he writes, “Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes he stared at the Pacific—and all his men looked at each other with a wild surmise—silent, upon a peak in Darien” (Pg. 883, Lines 11-14). This quote uses imagery t...

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