On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

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Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific - and all his Read moremen
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What type of poem is this?

    • A.

      Shakespearean Sonnet

    • B.

      Ode

    • C.

      Petrarchan Sonnet

    • D.

      Epic Ballad

    • E.

      Carpe Diem

    • F.

      Epithalamium

    Correct Answer
    C. Petrarchan Sonnet
    Explanation
    A Petrarchan Sonnet is a type of poem that consists of an octave (eight lines) followed by a sestet (six lines). It is named after the Italian poet Petrarch, who popularized this form of poetry. The octave typically presents a problem or conflict, while the sestet offers a resolution or conclusion. This type of sonnet often follows an ABBAABBA CDECDE rhyme scheme. Therefore, based on the given information, the correct answer is Petrarchan Sonnet.

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  • 2. 

    Keats wrote this poem in reaction to...

  • 3. 

    Which of the literary devices are present? (More than one.)

    • A.

      Onomatopoeia

    • B.

      Simile

    • C.

      Overstatement

    • D.

      Allusion

    • E.

      Rhyme Scheme

    • F.

      Oxymoron

    • G.

      Dialogue

    • H.

      Euphemism

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Simile
    D. Allusion
    E. Rhyme Scheme
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because a simile is a comparison using "like" or "as," an allusion is a reference to another work of literature or historical event, and a rhyme scheme is the pattern of rhymes in a poem.

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  • 4. 

    What is the significance of the "realms of gold" in contrast to the "western islands"? Why does Keats mention these locations? (Pay attention to the setting of the poem.)

  • 5. 

    Describe the change in the narrator that occurs in the poem. From what you can tell, how is he different from before? (Occurs about halfway through the poem.)

  • 6. 

    Which planet is Keats supposedly talking about in this poem? (It was newly discovered in his lifetime.)

    • A.

      Uranus

    • B.

      Neptune

    • C.

      Pluto

    • D.

      Earth

    • E.

      Mars

    • F.

      Jupiter

    Correct Answer
    A. Uranus
    Explanation
    Keats is supposedly talking about Uranus in this poem because it was newly discovered in his lifetime.

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  • 7. 

    Assuming Keats did this on purpose, why did he choose Cortez instead of Balboa? (Balboa was the first European to discover the Pacific Ocean)

  • 8. 

    Where is the "peak of Darien" located, which Keats refers to?

    • A.

      Britain

    • B.

      Connecticut

    • C.

      Spain

    • D.

      Panama

    • E.

      Madagascar

    Correct Answer
    D. Panama
    Explanation
    The "peak of Darien" refers to a location mentioned by Keats. This location is specifically located in Panama.

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  • 9. 

    Who is Homer, and what would Chapman's Homer be?

    • A.

      Homer is an epic Greek poem. Chapman's Homer is a different spin-off based on Homer.

    • B.

      Homer is a Greek poet, author of such works as the Odyssey or Iliad. Chapman's Homer is the translation of Homer's poems.

    • C.

      Homer is a yellow man, from the Simpson's. Thus Chapman's Homer is just a name for one of Chapman's friends who is similar to Homer.

    • D.

      Homer is a sponge. Thus Chapman's Homer is what Chapman uses to clean his dishes.

    Correct Answer
    B. Homer is a Greek poet, author of such works as the Odyssey or Iliad. Chapman's Homer is the translation of Homer's poems.
    Explanation
    Homer is a Greek poet known for his works such as the Odyssey and Iliad. Chapman's Homer refers to the translation of Homer's poems by George Chapman.

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  • 10. 

    What feeling do you get from this poem? (Be eloquent.)

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