The Poetry of Earth Summary WB Board Class 12 English

The Poetry of Earth Summary: West Bengal Board Class 12 English

The Poetry of Earth

John Keats

Author name:- John Keats
Born:- 1795
Death:- 1821

About Author:-

John Keats was a noted of the English Romantic Movement. He belong to the second generation of Romantic Poet  who came after Coleridge and Wordsworth. He is known for his vivid imagery which are noted for their sensuous appeal. Some of his famous are  ode to a Nightingale, Hyperion and Isabella.

The argument put forward by Keats in this poem is that, the natural music of the earth never cease to play through the cycle of seasons. The poem is a sonnet in which the song of the grasshopper is embodied in the octave and that of the cricket in the sestet.


Summary presents the song of the grasshopper and the cricket as the natural music of the two different seasons of summer and winter. In summer, when the earth is drowsy with heat, the grasshopper among the hedge celebrates a song of the overflowing endowments of nature. The buzzing activity of summer comes to a stop in the forest of winter. There is title sign of life. then the stillness of a winter evening is broken by a cricket’s song. To one who is alerted by the cricket’s song, the music comes as a reminder of the grasshopper’s song in summer.

The point that Keats is trying to makes is that cycle of nature is never empty of its innate music. In this way, “the poetry of earth” continues from one season to another. Hence, the poem highlight the eternal quality of nature’s cyclical pattern and assures us of the permanency of nature of nature’s creation.

Updated: April 10, 2020 — 9:56 pm

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