On the grasshopper and the cricket
On the grasshopper and the cricket is a poem written by John Keats which deals with the cycle of life and nature. It is a Patriarchal sonnet, as it is divided in an octave and a sestet. Generally these two parts oppose each other. This poem was written on December of 1816 and is based on Aesop’s fable The ant and the Grasshopper. The first octave refers to the grasshopper who jumps “from hedge to hedge”, having a delightful summer. The sestet refers to the cricket beside the stove, in the cold winter, when there is no life and all is static.
The author uses some words such as “hot sun”, “summer luxury”, “pleasant weed”, “delights”, to convey the idea that the octave refers to summer. The voice describes the grasshopper enjoying the summer from beginning to end, “jumping from hedge to hedge”.
We can see that the author alludes to winter in the sestet, by words such as “frost” “lone” “silence” “stove” “drowsiness” º
to make winter more delightful by changing the order of the word “never”, to emphasize the fact that in summer everything is dark and sad, but there is something of joy. This inversion is to highlight that there is always cheerfulness in every moment. The crrek of the cricket emphasize the idea that life is not over, that it is still alive.
The voice is present in the poem, when it says “one” because that “one” can be anyone. The tone of this poem is reflective
The grasshopper and the cricket symbolize the young part of life and happiness. The cricket symbolizes the last years of life, the “winter”, because during winter there is no life. But there is a “cricket” which makes old people to continue enjoying life.
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