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Keats - Study Questions Keats E 316K On First Looking into...

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Study Questions Keats E 316K “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” What do you expect a poem about another poem to be like? The title tells us the poet “look[ed]” into Chapman’s translation of Homer, but in the poem we learn that he has “heard” him? What’s the difference? How does looking work in this poem (that is, who looks, at what, how, when, and why), and how does Chapman’s fit in? What is the role of the sublime in this poem? Does it work the same was as in Blake, Coleridge, or Shelley? “La Belle Dame sans Merci” What happens in this poem, most basically? How is it described? What is the importance of the impression the events make upon our speaker(s), and how is that importance conveyed? What can we make of the “Belle Dame”--what kinds of things might she represent, in this poem and to the poet who wrote it? “Ode to a Nightingale” What is the relationship between the Nightingale’s song and poetry, as the speaker understands it? How does this formal relationship create and/or extend a relationship between the speaker and the Nightingale?
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