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A Prediction a Philosophy and an Early Death As humans go through their lives they see many things and people come and go They see family members pass away and they see flowers die with the seasons But it is rare that we predict the coming and going of such things That is exactly what John Keats did in his poem When I have Fears that I May Cease to Be Keats who died an early death at the age of 25 wrote of dying an early death and he was genuinely afraid of facing such a terrible fate In When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be John Keats effectively shows his purpose through his use of structure metaphorical and symbolic language and addressing his three-part philosophical concept of Negative Capability Keats initially emphasizes his purpose by his structure usage This sonnet has three quatrains and ends with a couplet The quatrains follow a rhyme scheme of A-B-A-B and the final couplet follows an A-A pattern When read the rhyme scheme is prevalent but it still does not make for a sing-a-long due to the enjambment and pauses caused by mid-sentence hyphens and commas As all sonnets do the first three quatrains in When I Have Fears that I may Cease to Be set up a situation or problem and then the final couplet sums up the prior twelve lines The obvious problem within the first stanza is the speaker hypothesizes an early death or end to being The second stanza furthers the feeling of non-existence by using mysterious words such as shadows and magic l 8 The third stanza concludes the problem discussion by speaking of unreflecting love Smith 2 l 12 Although Keats may be speaking to another person in this stanza with diction such as fair creature of an hour That I shall never look upon thee more ll 9-10 the main concern of the stanza still relies
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