John Keats. Study Questions
"O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell"
"Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art"
- What does the word "solitude" mean and how does it fit the character of the romantic perosona.
- Where does the poet want to dwell in solitude and why?
- What do you think "Nature's observatory" refers to?
- The poet says that he doesn't mind being in solitude aone but would prefer to be there with an "innocent mind". What is the Romantic view of "innocense"?
- Explain in oyur own words what "the highest bliss of human-kind" refers to.
- How is the steadfastness of the star described?
- The poet wishes to be as steadfast as the star. What exactly does that mean?
- Describe in your own words the situation in which the poet wants to be steadfast.
- Describe how this poem fits the characteristics of the Romantic genre.
- Describe the poet's view of death. In what ways is it a romantic view of death?
- According to the poet:
What is death?
What is life?
What is dreaming?
What is to be awake?