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Title: John keats


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John keats
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Background of John Keats
  • Born in England in 1795 and died of tuberculosis
    when he was 25 but he had written lots of poetry
    at that age.
  • During his time his poems were not appreciated by
    the critics
  • The poem is a clear allusion to the tale of the
    ant and the grasshopper and is in the Petrarchan
    form with an octave and a sestet.

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Background of keats
  • The poem was written in response to a sort of
    competition between himself and his great friend
    Leigh Hunt as to who could write the best verse
    in the shortest time.
  • It is a parallel to Aesops fable The ant and
    the grasshopper.

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The ant and the grasshopper
  • In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was
    hopping about, chirping and singing to its
    heart's content. An Ant passed by, bearing along
    with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to
    the nest.
  • "Why not come and chat with me," said the
    Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in
    that way?"
  • "I am helping to lay up food for the winter,"
    said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same."
  • "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper
    we have got plenty of food at present." But the
    Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When
    the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and
    found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the
    ants distributing every day corn and grain from
    the stores they had collected in the summer. Then
    the Grasshopper knew
  • It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

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On the Grasshopper and the Cricket By John Keats
  • The poetry of earth is never dead When all
    the birds are faint with the hot sun, And
    hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From
    hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead That is
    the Grasshopper's-he takes the lead In
    summer luxury,-he has never done With his
    delights for when tired out with fun He rests
    at ease beneath some pleasant weed. The poetry of
    earth is ceasing never On a lone winter
    evening, when the frost Has wrought
    a silence, from the stove there shrills The
    Cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever,
    And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
    The Grasshopper's among some grassy hills.

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Stanza 1
  • The poetry of earth is never dead When all
    the birds are faint with the hot sun, And
    hide in cooling trees, a voice will run From
    hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead

Stanza 1 establishes the setting for the poem,
its summer and everything is very much alive.
The grasshopper is enjoying himself.
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Stanza 2
  • That is the Grasshopper's-he takes the lead
    In summer luxury,-he has never done With
    his delights for when tired out with fun He
    rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.

Part 2 introduces the grasshopper and establishes
an easy going mood
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Stanza 3
  • The poetry of earth is ceasing never On a
    lone winter evening, when the frost
    Has wrought a silence, from the stove there
    shrills The Cricket's song, in warmth increasing
    ever, And seems to one in drowsiness half
    lost, The Grasshopper's among some
    grassy hills.

Nature is shown in its full force
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Morale
  • Through the grasshopper and the cricket John
    Keats shows the repercussions of ones actions
  • It also teaches that nature is a force which one
    must take into account and never take it lightly.
  • Throughout the poem nature can be seen to be
    compared to God.

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Themes
  • The eternity of nature parallels that of the
    everlasting effect of poetry.
  • The poetry and beauty of nature
  • Reward and punishment

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Essay Questions
  • Which parts of The Flower Fed Buffaloes and the
    Grasshopper and the Cricket are particularly
    vivid for you in their portrayal of Nature?
  • Essay plan Point, Proof, pertinence
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