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John Keats poems On First Looking into Chapmans Homer and On Seeing the Elgin Marbles for the First Time express an irresistible poetical imagination They convey a sense of atmosphere to the reader In comparison they exemplify his intense love of beauty The connection between these two poems is not so much in subject but the feeling of awe Both these poems show more emotion and amazement in the experience of discovering something new Keats looked with eyes of wonder at new adventures and expressed them verbally with delicacy and reserve In the poem On First Looking into Chapmans Homer the description of his experiences overflows with youth and excitement But as the poem continues the writing is toned down to convey the most important and meaningful experience Keats describes how after traveling in lands of gold and seeing many great states and kingdoms he never truly realized the wonders of these things until reading Chapmans translation of Homer Crossing many western islands bards have sung about he never was able to comprehend their true serene nature until reading mans wondrous words This narration explains that though these were sights well visited their beauty and Keats imagination kept them alive Having read Chapmans translation til dawn with his teacher he was so moved he wrote this his first great poem and mailed it by ten AM that day In On Seeing the Elgin Marbles for the First Time the description of his experiences overflows with depression and experience As the poem continues you see his sad point of view has faded It gives it a familiarity that hides its true serene character He describes how his spirit is weak mortality and his wonderful memories have faded in his mind due to worries and unrest at his coming death It should be said death does play a key role
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