Thursday, January 6, 2011

Response to "The Life of John Keats, A Romantic Poet"

John Keats really never seemed like an important romantic poet to me until just this morning, I stumbled on Period 7's "The Life of John Keats, A Romantic Poet." This blog immediately captured my interest with its appealing design and attractive colors. After starting to look through the initial blogs, the detailed analysis was evident in every one of them. Darian Washington, Nicole Brown, Andrew Torrey, and Kylie Hutchinson have eloquently translated the detailed scripts and poems of John Keats into an easily understandable, yet still obviously scholar worthy, summary of great poems such as "Isabella; or the Pot of Basil" or "Ode to a Nightingale." These poems became much easier to comprehend after reading this group's analysis and summary. A significantly important blog post to me was "When I Have Fears," detailed and analyzed by Kylie Hutchinson. This post stuck out to me because of how powerfully the poem and summary connected with Keats' writings and I feel it's very important for bloggers to write blogs and view poems as much alike the poet as possible. Fears impact our lives immensely as they shape our actions based on what we are and are not scared of doing, saying, or even thinking. Another point in the blog that makes it more useful to anyone who views it is the list of poems, all being direct links to that poem. This can make it easier for the viewer to access more of Keats' masterpieces and delve farther into his opinions. The stream of YouTube videos was a nice addition to the helpful information located on this blog. Darian Washington's "The Rose," was a lovely interpretation of the cruel, corrupted society in which we live. This stupendous poem related the overbearing detail of love with the harsher side of beauty. This beauty is the rose and its flaw is the thorn. This thorn represents the hard times of love, “like a storm” bearing on the world of one person. Overall, this blog and its authors make Keats’ work comprehendible and very entertaining to read to the masses.

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