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“On the Grasshopper and Cricket” John Keats (1795-1821)
The poetry of earth is never dead:
When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,
And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead
In summer luxury, --he has never done
With his delights; for when tired out with fun
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:
On a lone winter evening, when the frost
Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,
And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,
The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.
1 John Keats was a British poet of romanticism, best known for his short poems. His personal life was not so happy, for he must take the responsibility to care for his brothers and sisters. So finally he got tuberculosis and soon ran into financial difficulties. Keats’ poems revealed mastery of form and depth of feeling. He showed his passion for nature’s beauty and he tended to create a beautiful world of imagination.
The poetry of earth never dies: when all the dizzy birds hide in the shady trees to escape from the hot sun, a voice will be heard from hedge to hedge on the new-mown grass. That is the voice of Grasshopper. He is the first to take part in the summer luxury and he is always being delighted. When he feels tired, he takes a rest in the pleasant weed. The poetry of earth never stops: on a lone, frosty winter evening, the song of Cricket from the stove breaks the silence. With the warmth increasing, a drowsy person will take this as the voice of Grasshopper on the grassy hills.
1 This poem contains fourteen lines of iambic pentameter. Its rhyme scheme is abbaabba cdecde.
2 The poet applies some metaphors and personification to this poem. The poetry of earth suggests the life and beauty of nature. The poet also describes the grasshopper and cricket as human being, such as “with his delight” and “cricket’s song”.
The theme of this poem is the endless beauty of nature. The poet mentions this in the very beginning. “The poetry of earth is never dead.” He describes the voice of grasshopper in summer and the songs of cricket in winter. It suggests that the songs of nature never stop year after year and the life is going on. The poet shows his great passion for the nature.
Keats gives readers a very vivid picture of the nature. He makes a contrast between summer and winter, describing the luxury noises of summer and the silence of winter. We can see his praises on the vitality and perpetuation of nature in the last few lines, which says the people seem to hear the voice of grasshopper from hills. It suggests that summer will be coming soon and the life of nature never ends.