When I have fears that I may cease to be

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  • When I Have Fears that I May Cease to be
    • structure
      • Iambic Pentameter
      • 14 lines - Sonnet
      • Shakespeare sonnet
        • 3 quatrains followed by a couplet
          • ABABCDCDEFEFGG
    • Alliteration
      • "Glean'd", "garners" and "grain"
        • imagery of a possible harvest
        • the possible fertility of Keats' imagination
    • repetition
      • "When"
        • a reference to the passing of time.
        • Theme of time
        • Keats possibly feels like he is running out of time to achieve his desires
    • plural noun
      • context - Keats' fear that his work and memories will fade.
        • "Shadows"
          • Theme of nothingness - fading into invisibility, the fear
    • Personification
      • "night's starred face"
        • Awe
        • A possible reference to the fame he desires - possibly looking at the beauty of nature
          • Theme of nature - conventional for Keats
    • Extended metaphor
      • second quatrain
        • suggesting that love is something which is written in the stars/ sky.
      • Negative Capability
        • Love becomes something which is quite daunting/ terrifying for a mortal to be able to understand
    • metaphor - lines 11-12
      • 'relish in the faery power Of unreflecting love'
        • negative capability
        • linking love to the extreme of supernatural power
        • love is something about emotion rather than thoughts
          • He could be talking about someone in particular - Fanny - she might not be returning the love

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