Myp 5 Poetry Commentary

Oliver Petersen
Maria Iraci
MYP 5 Poetry Commentary 2010
When I have fears that I may cease to be, written by John Keats is a sonnet. Within the context of the sonnet, Keats discusses what he believes to be the most important things in life: a legacy, infinite wisdom and true love. He conveys the message that one should hold these components of life very dear before faced with death. John Keats feels that he lived without these things for his entire life and realized in the end that they were what he needed in order to have lived a happy and fulfilled life. These are the things in which Keats ponders and discusses throughout his poem as he shares a valuable life lesson with us: live and love to the fullest before it’s too late.
John Keats uses this metaphor to bring some sort of gimmicky feeling out in people. He wants people to study the poem and therefore scope the hidden messages and comparisons that make the poem interesting, and that bring forth his fears and concerns, which happen to be hidden within this one significant metaphor. People who figure out the meaning behind this poem and its relevance to the poem, they will feel a sense of sympathy for the speaker, being so afraid and unsure of his future and henceforth his legacy.
John Keats’ poem “When I have fears that I may cease to be” is a sonnet, which contains fourteen lines. Included in the sonnet is a couplet with an end rhyme of aa, where Keats describes his alienation due to his lack of “unreflecting love.” The speaker is forced to “stand alone”(line 13) do to the fact that he is too self-conscious for love. This message is what Keats intended to express in the couplet which is a poetic device. John Keats also includes end rhyme into his poem with a structure of ab, ab, cd, cd, ef, ef, gg. This poetic device is present within the context of the poem to make the poem more interesting to the reader.
“Unreflecting” is the term John Keats uses in this poem in...