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Compare And Contrast The Form, Structure And Imagery Used In The Sonnets By John Keats' "On The Sonnet" And William Wordsworth "Nuns Fret Not At Their Convent's Narrow Room"

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Two sonnets, "On the Sonnet" by John Keats and "Nuns fret not at their convent's narrow room" by William Wordsworth, address the same subject, the restrictions of the sonnet. Despite the same subject matter, they approach these restrictions using different forms and imagery, and each has his own opinion of the subject.Keats starts off his sonnet using an allusion from Greek mythology: Andromeda, a princess chained to a rock and in danger of being devoured by a sea monster. This was his main idea and criticism of the structure of the sonnet--if poets are chained by the Shakespearean or Italian format, the sonnet will eventually lose its spirit and be devoured over time. He advises his fellow sonneteers to "fit the naked foot of poesy", like us wearing shoes by breaking the rhythm and imposing creativity on the form, so the sonnet can endure. This is because it will stand out among mediocre sonnets. Keats` other allusion is to King Midas and his gold; he uses Midas to express how miserly poets have to be with their words and not to use clichés, "dead leaves in the bay-wreath crown". His last allusion is to the Muse-Greek goddess of art-to express the creativeness and freedom needed for the beauty of poetry.With "the weight of too much liberty", poetry is as restrictive as ever, argues Wordsworth. If these restrictions are too much, do not write a sonnet because like poets who write a sonnet, nuns choose their convents, hermits their cells, maids their looms and bees...

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