Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Daily Something #11: The Discovery of Poetry and Three Reads of The Eve of St. Agnes

In chapter three of The Discovery of Poetry, Frances Mayes discusses the various concepts of images in poetry.  At the end of each of her chapters, she includes various poems that relate to the theme of the chapter.  For the most part, I haven't been overwhelmed with her selections, until I got to  a poem called The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats.  It was published in 1820 and is a narrative poem that takes place in a castle during the Middle Ages.  Madeline, one of the main characters, is convinced that she will see a vision of her future husband in a dream.  I was a bit overwhelmed after my first reading and ended up reading it two more times.  However, I can now say, I have a better appreciation for what was accomplished in Keats' arrangement of words. This poem is considered to be amongst his best.  I'm glad I gave it a chance.

The Eve of St. Agnes by John Keats
Oral Interpretation of The Eve of St. Agnes
Background and Analysis of The Eve of St. Agnes


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