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Sensory Imagery Study on John Keats’s Poems

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DOI: 10.25236/ieesasm.2020.122


Chao Sun

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Chao Sun


John Keats is one of the most brilliant romantic poets in England. His essential characteristic as a poet is his sensitivity to beauty. One of his outstanding artistic features is his worship of sensory beauty. The poems of Keats are also characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. He aims to accentuate extreme emotion through an emphasis on natural imagery. Because of his dissatisfaction with real life, he creates the theory of “the beauty of imagination”, and according to this theory, he creates an ideal world in his poems, which is more beautiful than the real world. This world is full of images of “senses”, which are primarily visual, tactile and auditory images. Therefore, this paper aims at exploring the field of sensory imagery study on John Keats’s Poems, from the perspectives of the origin of Keats’s sensory imagery, the portrayal of sensory imagery in Keats’s poems, including the unique sensory images, the combination of sensory images and the synaesthetic imagery in his poems. This paper will contribute to the creation and appreciation of Keats’s poem and bring some enlightenment to other research.


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