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English 1024E
Bob Larose

The Tables Turned: This poem is teaching us to accept what God has provided for us...take great advantage of it instead of over thinking it and abusing the great and magnificent beauties of nature. Love it while it lasts. The World is too much with us: Is a sonnet that speaks to the discontent that many readers feel with the materialistic precedence of contemporary society. Within “The World is Too Much with Us”, Wordsworth expresses his romantic belief that every facet of life in modern civilization pulls us further and further from our true nature as human beings and pushes us towards an unnatural state of civilized existence where we are estranged from our roots as natural beings Ozymandias: Described a mighty king who was striving in his whole life for his possessions and got involved in worldly assignments so much that he forgot his ultimate destiny. Beside this, Shelley reminds the readers of their mortality through the realization that our earthly accomplishments, so important to us now, will one day be finished. By drawing these vivid and ironic pictures in readers minds, with different symbols, Shelley was trying to illustrate that no one lives forever in the world, not even their assets or belongings. This sonnet is a clear example of romantic poetry: -its exotic setting -the extensive imagination -the reality of the powerful kings La Belle Dame sans Merci: “La Belle Dame sans Merci,” written in 1819 and published the next year in a form slightly different from the one here, depicts a knight-at-arms who has been seduced and abandoned by a capricious fairy. Told in the form of a dialogue, the poem recounts the experience of loving dangerously and fully, of remaining loyal to that love despite warnings to the contrary, and of suffering the living death of one who has glimpsed immortality. At the beginning and end of the poem, the knight remains on “a cold hill’s side,” a world devoid of happiness or beauty, waiting for his love to return. Some readers maintain that the poem is really about Keats’s confused feelings for Fanny Brawne, his fiancée, to whom Keats could not commit fully. Others claim the story is symbolic of the plight of the artist, who, having “fallen in love” with beauty, can never fully accept the mundane. Either way, the conclusion is the same: however self-destructive intense love may be, the lover has little choice in the matter. Further, the more one entertains feelings of beauty and love, the more desolate and more painful the world becomes. Ode on a Grecian Urn: Keats chooses to celebrate the beauty of a piece of pottery he's been vie
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