How Did John Keats Become A Romantic Poet

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England in the nineteenth century was a time of change, as people were migrating from farms to cities. Many worked as laborers and farmers to maintain a living, but by mid century there was a shift in the work force. As machine were introduced to the fields of industry, England entered its industrial revolution. Not only were people changing where they lived, but also how they viewed life. The nineteenth century was also known as the Romantic Period, when poets often wrote about economic and social changes in society. John Keats was a daring, Romantic lyric poet who wrote about life in a way that other poets would not. Many romantic poets, also known as natural poets, wrote literature that spoke about psychological experiences, the beauty…show more content…
At an early age, John Keats followed his dad’s footsteps and assisted him with the farm that provided for his parents and three siblings. However his home life quickly became disastrous when his father was killed by a horse. This tragic occurence may have sparked his perspective on life that allowed him to develop his romantic style of writing. After his father’s died, Keat’s mother walked out on her children and remarried leaving them with their grandmother. After a while, the mother of the family returned home but tragedy struck again and the woman died of tuberculosis when the child was fourteen in 1810. Perhaps because of the chaos of his life, Keats turned to literature and art to distract him from the difficulties at home. When he studied at Enfield Academy growing up, he was an avid reader. However, in 1816, his time at the academy ended when he left to work to study as an apothecary in a London Hospital to become a surgeon. Although he had a new career in a disciplined field, his desires remained with literature and writing. He met Leigh Hunt, publisher of The Examiner, to become his first publisher. Hunt had a notable story as a writer because he almost went to jail for libeling Prince Regent (“Keats, John”). Maybe Keats acquired the characteristic of writing not what the public wanted, but his own truth, from…show more content…
Iambic pentameter is a rhythmic pattern that has five meters or iambs that consist of one unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. The rhyme scheme for a Shakespearean sonnet includes pairs of rhyming lines that alternate for twelve lines and then the last two rhyme make up the rhyming couplet (Kennedy, Elements of Poetry 841). Sometimes a poet may chose to write in unrhymed iambic pentameter, called blank verse, as John Keats did in his poem This Living Hand, Now Warm and Capable (Kennedy, Elements of Poetry 855). Many poets were around during the Romantic period that were beginning to write differently about the changes in society during the nineteenth century. The combination of syntax, rich language and imagery makes John Keats’ publications recognizable even in current times. Not all poets were able to write about life the way this author did, even with the tragedies that he experienced. John Keats produced some of the finest works of poetry to capture the upcoming ideas of imagination and changes in society during his

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