Romantic Era essay question

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Describe the features of this poem and what make it uniquely Romantic.  Include at least three references to the aspects of the Romantic period that are found in the poem.  Be sure to explain the connection between your example of Romanticism and the poem.  The response should be at least two paragraphs long and should be structured well, with an introduction and conclusion. 

When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be


When I have fears that I may cease to be

 Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,

Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,

 Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;

When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,

 Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,

And think that I may never live to trace

 Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;

And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,

 That I shall never look upon thee more,

Never have relish in the faery power

 Of unreflecting love—then on the shore

Of the wide world I stand alone, and think

Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

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