Although the poems “When I Have Fears” by John Keats and “Mezzo Cammin” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow showcase an abundance of similarities, there appears to be many definitive differences that differentiate and contrast the overall message of both poems. Keats and Longfellow both reflect and expand on the concept of unfulfilled experiences and the quick-approaching fate of their death. However, both poets take on a strikingly different perspective on the issue. Longfellow takes on a retrospective approach and looks back on life in a negative attitude by explaining what kept him from achieving his goals, and concluding with a reflection on his death, which, seems imminent. In contrast, Keats’ poem is forward-looking: he writes about things he may never do, experiences he will never have, and finishes by reflecting on his lonely state. Overall, Keats shows an open-mindedness and hopefulness toward life, while Longfellow demonstrates a tone that is regretful and remorseful. It is imperative to note that both Keats and Longfellow have many similarities that make the two poems comparable. Both poems open up in a manner that views death as something that is destructive and limiting. Longfellow stresses that “Half of my life is gone” while Keats fears that he may “cease to be”. They both stress the point that life goes by fast and that time is running out. Keats demonstrates this point using an anaphora and repetition of the word : “before”. In effect, Keats emphasizes that he will not get the chance to finish his writings. He then uses a simile to compare how he sees the possibility of his future works to be that of “full-ripen’d grain”. Similarly, Longfellow also expresses his concern of not being able to attain all that he could. He states that “The years slip from me and have not fulfilled/ The aspiration of my youth”. Furthermore, both poets utilize the sonnet as their form. Keats uses a Shakesperean Sonnet form while Longfellow uses a Petrarchan Sonnet form. Sonnets traditionally tend to be about deep emotions. Therefore, both Keats and Longfellow took advantage of this to channel their emotion through a form that historical tends to be melodramatic. The two poems,however, differ and contrast each other through the conclusive remarks and perspectives they take on the issue. Longfellow reflects on his life with remorse and regret. He goes on to explain that he cared too much about the world around him to get the things he wanted done, “Of restless passions that would be stilled, But sorrow, and a care that almost killed, kept me from what I may accomplish yet;”. In essence, his “sorrow” and…
1. What is the smallest black man’s loss of growth symbolic of?
a. The smallest black man, out of the three that work on the ward, stopped growing after seeing his mother raped when he was five. I believe that this loss of growth is symbolic of him losing his ability to grow emotionally. Once seeing this tragedy happen to his mother, the black man lost his ability to mature emotionally. The trauma of this event caused him to lose his childish outlook on life and stop mentally growing. This loss…
One of the most influential lines in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, is Polonius’ advice to his son Laertes, “This above all: to thine own self be true” (Act 1. Sc. 3, 84). This line is one of the most famous lines from the play because of its beautifully expressed truth. As with all of Shakespeare’s works, the quotation can be interpreted in different ways depending on what the reader takes from it. Perhaps it is Polonius advising Laertes to lookout for his own best interest and to avoid temptations…
AP Literature 2A
February 24, 2015
In Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet there are two main women characters Ophelia and Gertrude. Is it simply a coincidence that these women, the only women in the play end up letting themselves go crazy, and are continually manipulate, controlled, and taken advantage of by the male characters in the play? Is it really coincidental that when ophelia's love is taken away from her that she goes mad, and when Gertrude is suddenly without a husband…
Ownership and Self- Identity
Today, people own a lot of stuff. They own a book to an I-pod, or a tablet and other things they can own. Well, what does it really mean to “own something?” Ownership is defined as to have possession of something. Can you own a computer and or own an intangible such as an idea or thought? I believer ownership and sense identity go hand in hand with each other because one can own a physical object as well as a own skills, thoughts, ideas, and knowledge.
AP English Period 3
December 10, 14
Jane Eyre Watercolor Paintings
The first painting Jane Eyre shows to Mr. Rochester embodies hidden meanings allowing the audience to see Jane’s personality from another angle. The sea, representing Jane, shows how she is calm and consistent, while the clouds, Jane’s hardships, hovering over the sea make the painting dark and gloomy expressing Jane’s tough life of suffering and misfortune. The “half-submerged mast” (Bronte 118) indicates that a…
AP Senior English
March 3, 2013
For thousands of years, comedy has been used to bring people together, to make people forget their troubles, but most importantly, to entertain. While comedy’s main objective is to get a rise out of the audience, writers utilize the absurdity of satirical situations to subtly bring light to contemporary societal problems and provoke change within a culture. While many people are resistant to change, if the impetus…
Brave New World Allusions
“Infant nurseries. Neo-Pavlovian conditioning rooms, announced the notice board” Pg 19
Ivan Pavolv was a well know scientist born in Russia who was known for his work with conditioning of dogs. He taught dogs to salivate at the sound of a chime because he would feed them shortly after. This conditioning showed that animals and people can be taught behavior through repetition.
The allusion shows the inability of the characters in the book to think…
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August 11, 2014
AP European History
A World Lit Only By Fire by William Manchester presented some of the most important
events in human history that contributed to how the world is in today time. William Manchester's
intent was to demonstrate the significance of the early 16th century. To accomplish this,
Manchester had to clearly show the state of the world before the 16th century.
The first portion of the book The Medieval Mind gave readers a look at how times in the…
AP Lit. and Comp.
23 February 2015
AP free response question
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, two locations were used to represent opposed ideas that contributed to the literary work. The two locations that were utilized include the protagonist’s longest stay in the town of Eatonville, FL and the pivotal migration to the south of Florida to the Everglades.
Eatonville is the location where Janie, the main character, married her second husband, Joe Starks, who chartered…