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Postby Keats_help » Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:14 pm

Keats wrote, 'O for a life of Sensation rather than of thoughts!'
Examine the ways in which the language of Keats's poetry reflects his desire for a world of feeling rather than thinking.
Explore in your answer at least two poems (or sections from longer poems) from the selection.

Which poems do you think i should use? Any extra advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Postby dks » Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:59 pm

Was this a test question? I think this should be in "Help and Homework," but I'll answer anyway.

This is one of my favorite quotes by him. Check the odes...particularly "Ode to a Nightingale" and "To Autumn." In Nightingale he explores this idea pretty explicitly--he longs to be like the bird and 'feel' in lieu of the aching awareness that is the "fever and the fret" of life--"where men sit and hear each other groan."

In "To Autumn" the senses are showcased magnificently--on an ethereal, image-laden plane...the first stanza illustrates taste images--ripe fruit with 'sweet' kernals, the second--sight images--"who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?" The third stanza are 'mournful' auditory images--that incredible choir of gnats, the bleating lamb...all from the petrie dish of the senses...brilliant, he is... :shock:
"I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the Truth of Imagination."
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Postby Apollonius » Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:06 pm

That was the AS question on the June 06 exam paper from Edexcel. I set it myself as a task for my Y12 group.

The main thing with the AOs at this level is to give your own opinion.

On started question: for Keats the imagination is the prime source. Is that about senses or thought? Until you come to your own conclusions on that one, you have no sort of answer.
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Postby Apollonius » Thu Nov 30, 2006 3:12 pm

Just answering the original question.

Lamia is all about this.

Melancholy would be a good choice.
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