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i need help for my english paper about keats

PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:24 pm
by lime88
it's about The Grasshopper and The Cricket
can someone explain to me the sonnet and it's structure? the rhyme, meter, stanzas... !!!!!!!ahhh!!!!!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:09 am
by woolf_fire37
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 5
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 10
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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Ok, sonnets! As you can see, sonnets are 14 lines long and can be either Shakespearean or Petrarchan. This sonnet's rhyme scheme is ABBA ABBA CDE CDE. This is a typical Petrarchan rhyme scheme. (If you are unsure of the differences between a Petrarchan and Shakespearean sonnet, our good friend google has some good information.) The meter switches around between iambic and trochaic. It is mainly iambic (Keats' favorite!) but goes into trochaic to disrupt the flow. Hopefully you know these terms, but if you don't, just ask!

This is all I'll say for now. If you want more information, feel free to ask!

PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 2:51 am
by Papillon
Wolf fire,

Very eloquent and intelligent response! I thought you gave a good amount of background information, yet allowed for the reader to develop his own interpretation! :)

Cool stuff.