This sonnet, composed in fifteen minutes in a competition with a fellow poet, provided one of the earliest indications that Keats’ talent was equal to his ambition. From its resonant opening (“The poetry of earth is never dead”) to the lovely closing verses, ”On the Grasshopper and the Cricket” has that feeling of inevitability that one associates with great poetry.
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