Sonnet XCIV

October 30, 2007

“For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds; lilies that fest, smell far worse than weeds.”

 Any thoughts on this quotation? i saw it to mean that the sweetest and most pure things can be turned sour by a bad deed, and loose that sense of purity and become worse than those who were impure to begin with.

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Sonnet XVIII

October 30, 2007

This is your typical love sonnet. “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temparte.” Then it continues to describe that the rough winds, which i viewed as the hard times, shake the happiness when you first meet, and your original perfected image is “dimmed,” but “thy eternal summer shall not fade,” meaning that no matter what goes on, your inner self will always prevail.

“So long as men can breath, or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee”

The Human Seasons

October 21, 2007

Four Seasons fill the Measure of the year;
Four Seasons are there in the mind of Man.
He hath his lusty spring when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He hath his Summer, when luxuriously
He chews the honied cud of fair spring thoughts,
Till, in his Soul dissolv’d they come to be
Part of himself. He hath his Autumn ports
And Havens of repose, when his tired wings
Are folded up, and he content to look
On Mists in idleness: to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshhold brook.
He hath his Winter too of pale Misfeature,
Or else he would forget his mortal nature.

By: John Keats

 

 I thought that this poem was interesting in that it took the four seasons of the year, spring,  summer, autmn and winter, and connected them to different stages of your life.  The “lusty spring (…) that takes in all beauty with an easy span” reminded me of how when you grow up, you notice every single little detail, wanting to learn more an dmore about it. The summer i had difficulty understanding, but i think that part of it may be your teenage years, based simply because that would be the next important stage of your life where you “dream high is nearest unto heaven,” which could be looked at as reaching towards your highest goals and opportunities. The part about Autumn i think represents when you’re older and you have lived through a lot of different experiences, you sit back and enjoy life for what it’s worth, because you are going to die in the end. Winter, which is usually known as a gloomy stage in life represents death and how you choose to handle it.

WHEN I have fears that I may cease to be
  Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,
Before high piled books, in charact’ry,
  Hold like rich garners the full-ripen’d grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,         5
  Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
  Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour!
  That I shall never look upon thee more,         10
Never have relish in the faery power
  Of unreflecting love!—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.

By: John Keats

this poem reminded me a lot about the question which you have always asked yourself at least once in your lifetime. What if i die tomorrow? How will i be remembered? Keats expresses his fear of this in the first line, “When I have fears that I may cease to be, before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain” his fear is what if he dies before he is unable to get his thoughts (which will be expressed through his pen, his writing) out? There is also a theme in this poem which you see that love and fame live on, even though he will not be there “That I shall never look upon thee more (…) of the wide world I stand alone, and think till love and fame do nothingness do sink.” This also makes a strong connection to the story of Gilgamesh. Gilgamesh learns that he can not defeat death, but that love will love on.