Keats endured many hardships during his short life, as if the death of his father alone was not enough, he also lost his mother and brother to tuberculosis (Marshall). Having the absence of family, Keats searched for something to fill in that void, that something was Fanny Brawne. Once engaged to her, Keats could not carry on with the marriage; reasons why, was that he did not think he was good enough for her because of hi...
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...f the life depicted on the urn, the eternal life he desires, he begins to recover his initial thought about eternity, “Forever wilt thou love, and she be fair!” Right after that in stanza three Keats begins the go a little overboard with the happiness, almost as if he’s trying to convince himself that the beauty he sees in the life of eternity is true, “More happy love! more happy, happy love!” Keats’s tone depends on what phase he’s in, whether he’s realizing the reality of it all, or trying to find truth in what he sees as beautiful.
Hirst, Wolfz. John Keats. Boston: G.K. Hall Co., 1981. p.128-134.
Marshall, Kristine E., ed. “John Keats.” Elements of Literature. 6th Course. Boston: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1997.
Matlak, Richard E. “John Keats.” Critical Survey of Poetry. ed. Frank N. Magill. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1982. p.1542-1558.
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