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Suggestive of an Hour

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When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be , John Keats

Why might the poem’s addressee be a “fair creature of an HOUR” in contrast to a fair creature of a day, a month, a year, a century, or eternity (line 9)?

A

An hour suggests the passing beauty of his love interest.

B

An hour best symbolizes the short flame of passion as interests win.

C

An hour best suggests his feelings of life’s tragic brevity.

D

An hour suggests his love interest’s momentary affection.

E

The shape of an hour could symbolize the physique of his lover.