Comparing Wordsworth and Keats’ Romantic Poetry.
Both Wordsworth and Keats are romantic Poets, they express ideas on
nature and send us the message to respect it. They say we have to
admire the beauty of nature in different ways. Wordsworh uses simpler
language in his poems wether to express simple or complex ideas, by
which we understand he aimed his poems to lower classes. Keats
instead, uses much more complex language to describe and express his
ideas, so we know he aimed his poems to the educated. During the
romnatic period, poets would mainly send out the message to admire
nature and see the beauty in it. We should fine joy in nature and
nature should be our teacher.
In the poem “composed upon Westminster Bridge” Wordsworth makes us all
want to see the beauty he saw that morning looking down on the quiet
city: “ the beauty of the morning silent, bare…”. Meanwhile Keats in
“on the sea” compares the city to the countryside. Both these poems
are Sonnets and in iambic pentameter so a regular rhythm is created
throughout both poems. The rhyming scheme of “CUWB” is “ABBA, ABBA” in
the fist few lines just like “OTS”. The poems differ in the rhyme
scheme at the end “CUWB” is “CDCDCD” while “OTS” ends witha rhyme
scheme of “CDEDEC” a more complex scheme reflecting more complex
Throughout the poem Keats repeats some sounds, like echoes in the sea,
he creates this effect by by repeating the letter S. Wordsworth uses
alliterantion too to emphasise the idea of the cities Majesty. Take,
“sight, so, its” “houses, seem, asleep” which is designed to persuade
us and to create a greater impact on the reader.
In “OTS” Keats uses verbs to create personification throughout the
poem “keeps” makes us think the sea is capable of hiding something.
Instead on “CUWB” Wordsworth personifies the earth to make it seem
like it was a person and how thankful we should be towards it (“earth
has not anything to show more fair”). He also uses exaggeration to
create a greater impact on the reader here as this is the first line
of the poem.
Keats and Wordworth personify in different ways from each other in the
two sonnets. While Wordsworth is more positive and sees beauty in
everything, Keats is more balanced ; as a result of this he makes the
sea come alive with a more evil and angry character. Alternating
moments in which the sea is calm and relaxed, and moments in which it
seems evil and angry. Keats also makes us think that the moon has
power on the sea as its the moon which makes the sea move;
personification makes it seeem magical and powerful. Keats also
mentions Hecete who is an evil character that witches used to pray to.
Here we see his poems were difinitely aimed to a higher educated
class, because a poor and uneducated person couldn’t’ve understood
references to sea nymphs or Hecete.
In “Daffodils” Wordsworth gives a romantic and sentimental tone all
the way though. It is a happy poem and it gives out a...