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A Balance of Creative Manifestation In his brilliant poem When I Have Fears John Keats uses several metaphors to explain the three principal things that he will miss when he ceases to be The third quatrain deals with his lover whom he fears he will not live long enough to love completely which ironically was the case in his real life In the last two lines of the poem Keats reveals another love of his which is fame but he also resolves his fears of losing the things that are dear to him In the first two quatrains he reveals that writing poetry is also one of his principle loves and that he fears that his death will come before he can manifest all of his ideas or write and publish all of the poems that he could Strangely Keats uses two metaphors to express his love of poetry a metaphor of gleaning a teeming brain and one of tracing cloudy shadows with the magic hand of chance Keats metaphors represent two methods of approaching creative writing which he feels are necessary for creative balance His first use of metaphor is in the first quatrain where he fears that he may die Before his pen has gleaned his teeming brain Before high-piled books in charactry Hold like rich garners the full-ripened grain Clearly Keats is stating that he is afraid to die before he can write and publish all of the poetic ideas in his head Grain goes to waste if a farmer can not harvest it before the winter comes much like Keats ideas will go to waste if he can not manifest them before his death The metaphor is also significant however because it represents one school of thought about writing poetry The grain metaphor assumes that all of the ideas for Keats poems are inside his head and that writing poetry is just the art of getting that grain out of
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