My poetry analysis:
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
“When I Have Fears” by John Keats is about an old lover of his, which I believe is dead. In the first line “fears that cease to be,” his fears could be gone due to knowing who the ghost is that haunts him. And when his past lover comes back he doesn’t feel lonely anymore due to remembering the past and all of the wonderful times with her.
Lines two through four made me feel that he was sitting at his desk while he was visited by the ghost. He describes that right before he started writing with his pen in line two, and he has books that are piled high. In line five I feel like he looks out the window and looks at the clouds and remembers the romance he used to have. I took line seven like while he was looking at the clouds and remembering his romance, it was so one of a kind (like each cloud is so different) that he won’t find a love like the one he had. “I may never live to trace” I took that like what I had just mentioned. He won’t find a love like that. When he mentioned “their shadows” to me that confirmed that he was talking about ghosts, and it must’ve been a magical experience with the visitation of his deceased lover. In line nine with the use of “creature” it made me feel that he felt out of place when the ghosts appeared. He felt different. In line ten he was saying that he never took their love (which he felt had a power) for granted. In the end he feels that ones the ghost leaves him he is truly alone and will sink into a nothingness because his heart is gone with his lover and he feels he has nothing left to live for.