Poetry has a very large border of rules, making many completely different yet amazing poems like these two. “When I Have Fears” and “I’ve Always Lived Across the Street” are perfect examples of two quite different poems that share small, and slightly hard to notice similarities. Although both poems are in majority different, further inspection revealed some interesting similarities.
Both pieces have many examples of descriptive language that paint clear images of what the poets wanted us to see. For Example, "the ambiguous dread in double negative interrogation ("Did you not understand what you did was wrong?")" (Whyte, 40-41) The image of a little boy or girl being scolded by their parents for doing something wrong went into my head; reminding me of the times I dreaded those double negative interrogations from my mom. John Keats's poem was filled with descriptive sentences like, "On the shore of the wide world I stand alone, and think till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink." (Keats, 12-13) There is a dreadful tone to this phrase, like a dying man that learned that things like love and fame are nothing in the end is speaking it.
These two poems have opposite rhyme schemes, "When I Have Fears" has a structured scheme of ABAB CDCD EFEF GG whereas, "I've always lived across the street" has no rhyme scheme at all. Due to this difference, their forms are also not similar. The structured, "When I Have Fears" is a sonnet, with 14 lines and 10 syllables while, "I've always lived across the street" is definitely a free form poem that has no rules regarding stanzas, rhythm and syllables.
The tones of these poems really set them apart. "I've Always Lived Across The Street" has a pretty upbeat tone to it, sometimes even childish while; "When I Have Fears" is the complete opposite. This poem has a very melancholy tone and like anything that mentions death,