The Human Seasons by John Keats
"The Human Seasons" is a poem by Keats. He speaks of the different emotions of man. He run throughs each by stating how we react. For spring, we have lust. For summer, we take in the beauty of spring and become youthful, we dream of our futures. For fall, we are content with ourselves and how things are. For winter, we show our mortality and have misfortunes.
"The Human Seasons" is a Elizabethan sonnet. It is one stanza with fourteen lines. Although not all Petrarchan sonnets have the same meter length, this one is written in iambic pentameter. It has the rhyme scheme ABABCDCDEFEFGG. Line five is completely out of place. It is uncommon for a sonnet of this type to not rhyme with another line. Keats is known to do this throughout his writings.
The Human Seasons Four seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of Man: He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear Takes in all beauty with an easy span: He has his Summer, when luxuriously Spring's honeyed cud of youthful thought he loves To ruminate, and by such dreaming high Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings He furleth close; contented so to look On mists in idleness -to let fair things Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook: - He has his Winter too of pale misfeature, Or else he would forgo his mortal nature.
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Romanticism, 18th Century
Sonnet, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, Life