VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

When I Have Fears

John Keats

When I have fears I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-piled books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners he 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.

Keats parallels the typical Shakespeare sonnet in rhyme scheme, in the tightly efficient "When . . . then . . ." architecture, and even in particulars of wording ("wide world" echos Shakespeare's ". . . the prophetic soul of the wide world . . ." in Sonnet CVII).