Similarities and differences between the poetry of William Wordsworth and John Keats, as outstanding representatives of the two generations of English Romantic poets

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William Wordsworth secured the reputation of being one of the great Romantic poets. His verse celebrates the moral influence exerted by nature on human thought and feeling.

Considered one of England's greatest poets, John Keats was a key element in the Romantic Movement , know especially for his love of nature , his poetry also resonated with deep philosophic questions.

Wordsworth has secured the reputation of being one of the great Romantic poets. Although often viewed as a 'nature poet ' , his poetry is not simply concerned with scenic and descriptive evocations of nature , but rather with the issues of Man , Human Nature and Man's relationship with the natural world. The 'Lyrical Ballads' , produced in association with Coleridge and published in 1798 , sought to revolution in English poetry , bringing a new emphasis on natural subjects ,clarity of diction .Wordsworth 's theories , outlined in the 'Preface' which opened the volume , emphasized the poet's role as a 'Man among men , speaking to Men' using the language really used by men, and with particular emphasis on the use of poetry as means of exploring human feelings and emotions.

In many ways, Keats' life modeled the period he lived in ;

it was very short , yet still produced some of the most influential poetry in the history of the world.

The volume :Lamia,Isabella,The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems is generally considered the greatest volume of poetry by any English poet ,with the single exception of Shakespeare 's sonnets. Except for a few sonnets, this volume contains virtually all the poetry upon which Keats' reputation is based .All of these poems possess the distinctive qualities of the work of Keats' maturity : a gracious movement , a concreteness of description in which all...