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18th century poem analysis

18th Century Poem Analysis

The differences between eighteenth-century literature and

romantic poems, with respect to history is constituted here. This is

seen through the influential works of John Keats and Alexander Pope.

These works are acknowledged as, "The Rape of Lock" and "The Eve of

St. Agnes." Alexander Pope takes his readers on a hatred filled epic.

A robust piece of literature and love induced psychoses in, "The Rape

of Lock." On the other hand, "The Eve of St. Agnes" told a tale of

life, love, death, and eternal fate in heaven. These two brilliant

writers have given two magnificent poems. Pope exhibits many

characteristics of a narcissistic human being. His independence in

life shows through his writings in fiction. Which inevitably portray

his deeper feelings of life. Popes' efforts here are of outstanding

quality. However, his poem did fail to convince Arabella to résumé

her engagement to Lord Petre. Most of Pope's efforts here were

written with time. Now, Keats has romantically serenaded his reader

with descriptive lust and desire, which can be compared with popes'

efforts by the difference in eighteenth century literature and

romantic poems, their descriptive natures and ideas they portray to

the reader through their writing.

Pope has written an eighteenth-century poem which he calls,

"An Hero-Comical Poem." This poem has exalted an over all sense of

worthlessness for common rules. The mentioning of Achilles and the

ever-popular Aeneas, are symbols of Pope's Gothic style. Pope speaks

(almost) G-D like throughout, "The Rape of Lock." Contrary to Keats,

who is more down-to-earth with his sense of realism in his writings.

In the beginning of Keats romantic premise to life in St. Agnes, all

is cold. The opening sequence brings a sense of realism to this

bitter cold scene. Cold owls, rabbit's, and numb fingers on a holy,

"Beads man." The Beads man symbolizes the sense of age and spirit.

Much of this poem is a test of Keats inner soul or spirit. He has

lead himself to St. Agnes for his own personal account of life in a

time long gone. Keats' romantic style has brought visionary raw

emotion to the aching hearts of all his readers. Then, both poems go

separate ways in their tales of body and spirit.

Taking account of all differences in these two works, has

brought out a sense of unknown extasy. Pope displays morality with

his own twists on fate and man kind's inability to rationalize right

decision making in life. He complicates this with, "Moral

superiority" and his visions of old styles blended with his attitude

for recognition. Pope has indulged the reader in consistent religious

order, and awkward justice for mankind. However, when viewing Keats

poem stanza by stanza, much is revealed. Keats' tale starts as a

direct eagerness for future considerations. His image of love and old

age creates a stifled knot in the stomach of the reader. Enthusiastic

resistance is overcome by Keats smooth flow, and harmonizing beauty in

heaven. Angels and death are brought together like osmosis. His

ability to start off in a cold bitter atmosphere of regret, and then

sway the reader's emotion to a peaceful loving atmosphere is in itself

astonishing. Desire brings Keats to the heightened point of emotional

gratification within, "The Eve of St. Agnes." St. Agnes is such a

peaceful age-old memory for Keats. He presents strength when pain is

being inflicted. His early images of purgatory, show Keats in a bind

of human emotion and regret for past sins. However, Pope does this

as well throughout, "The Rape of Lock." Although, Pope is less

likely to find a happy medium in his tale of tolerance. He does

manage to relinquish all his desires for the sake of his own inner

strength. This strength is portrayed more intensely through his soul.

Memories are key to the anguish of the poem. In all of Keats

mediocre issues come love and honor. The entire tenth stanza is

caused by the emotions involved with love. However, this must leave

some readers at a loss. Keats doesn't seem to really care whether

anybody understands him. Keats only concern is to repent and achieve

harmony in life with his body and soul. Each of these two poets has

signified their lack of realism with a substantial concern for age-old

myth, and undeniable love. The portrayal of love in each poem has

brought most of the emotional satisfaction from the reader. Hence,

having observed these two magnificent artists for their personal

adherence to the reader, it is necessary to delve into the emotional

collaboration of imagery and its effect on the mind, body, and soul of

the two sides involved in each reading.

Imagery can sustain many possible contradictions on the

writer's intentions. For instance, Keats hides his characters(Porphro

and Madeline) in order to present a more lustful in-depth love.

Safety is a key to Keats' prolific attitude on the secrecy of a

woman's virginity. A wholesome outlook is always in the future, it

would seem. However, this outlook is never reached throughout the

poem. In comparison with Pope, Keats has distinguished himself in his

writing. Pope relies on old myths and obscure legends in order to

achieve his outcome of clarity. Each writer has their own hero of the

day. In each writer's mind is the idea that one can be g-d through

their own scripture. Each must be excused for not always being able

to know what is still real and what is fiction in life. Their

expensive minds have brought their own personal truth to light. Can

they hear the crying of their love sick pasts? In classic style, Pope

has brought dreams to reality. While Keats has more realistically

attended to his personal experiences. In addition to women, love,

g-d, sex, soul, mind, and body, Keats and Pope have taken different

outlooks on many similar issues. Keats has given the reader a more

intense feeling of desire and lust, then Pope. However, when myth and

love collide Alexander Pope has answered with his tale of g-d's,

angels and afterlife. As an empirical narcissistic person, I have

romanticized about the romances Keats has described. His inner

thoughts are more clear, then those of Pope. Additionally, Pope is

more morbid and in a way sour about his shortcomings in life. Which

are expressed significantly in many of Pope's images. For instance,

"poetic eyes" is used by Pope on line 124. This image can be

expressed as a better way for the reader to see that life imitates

art! Now, viewing both works in detail has brought out an arousal of

insecurity and misunderstood quality. However, each has distinguished

its own identity by its style.

Referring back to the comparison of Pope and Keats styles can

be quite an enhancement upon the cerebral context in each poem. Pope

has strictly concerned himself with literary merit, and ghostly

apparitions of old tales that haunt all writers of the possibility for

brilliance. Keats however, has staked his claim as a romantic

idealist of love and thought. Mind, body and soul are key factors in

both of these works. Heaven is portrayed as a savior to man, and an

unforsaken goal for others. Spirituality reigns deep within the

hearts of both Keats and Pope. Consequence is not an issue, but the

ability to repent through words of wisdom is. This is what keeps Keats

and Pope sane(As well as many other writers, including myself). With

wisdom comes age, and with desire comes lust. Therefore, romantic

poets need to be preserved for their tremendous ability to stretch the

common ability to comprehend all of life's trials and tribulations as

seen here in all its glory!

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