The Big Question:
The writer’s point in “When I Have Fears”: Reflecting to the past and fears that he has not lived his life to the fullest.
Devices: – Simile from “Before high-pilèd books, in charactery, Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;”
- Personification from “night’s starred face” and “magic hand of chance”
Structure: – Rhyming: ABCBDEDEFGFGHH
– Punctuation: The dash in “Never have relish in the faery power/
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone,”
- Whole poem is one long sentence and one stanza.
Sound devices: – Alliteration in “wide world”
The writer’s point in “Mezzo Cammin”: Thinking about the past initially makes him feel that he has not fulfilled his life goals.
Devices: – Metaphor compares the Past to a city he sees from a hill
- Imagery describes the city in “A city in the twilight dim and vast,/With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights”
- The thunder symbolizes Death
Structure: – 2 long sentences with dashes in the second part
- Entire poem is one stanza
Sound devices: – “Cataract” is cacophony
I. Introduction: Thesis: In poems “When I Have Fears” and “Mezzo Cammin”, the authors conveys their concerns for the
II. The authors create vivid images to illustrate the past.
- Imagery describes the city in “A city in the twilight dim and vast,/With smoking roofs, soft bells, and gleaming lights” (Longfellow l. 11-12).
- Imagery and simile describes the imagined past accomplishments in ”
efore high-pilèd books, in charactery,Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,” (Keats l. 3-6).
- Personification from “night’s starred face” and “magic hand of chance” (Keats l. 5 and 8).
III. Keats and Longfellow play with sound to create a serious tone when describing the end of their time.
- Alliteration in “wide world” (Keats): wailing sound
- “Sounds and sights” (Longfellow): signing sound
- Cacophony in “cataract” (Longfellow): illustrates thunder’s magnificence
IV. The authors use similar structures to show the passage of time and their sadness.
- Rhyming of each poem
- Long syntax, with dashes (quotes see above)
- Parallel structure: “And think…”, “And when…” (Keats)
- “Nor indolence, nor pleasure, nor the fret” (Longfellow)