From Waves to Wisdom: Exploring Symbolism in Keats "On the Sea" and Wordsworth’s "By the Sea" Poems through Image Schema Theory




Image Schema Theory, Symbolic techniques, Metaphor, poetic imagery


This study utilizes image schema theory to examine how John Keats’  “On the Sea”and William Wordsworth’s “By the Sea” portray the ocean. It compares poets' use of sea-related imagery, such as waves and horizons, and investigates the linguistic and symbolic techniques they employ to convey their observations and emotions. Employing qualitative analytical methods, including close reading and theme analysis, this study delves into Keats and Wordsworth’s unique perspectives in their depiction of the sea. This analysis identifies recurring image schemas and metaphors that shape their creative expressions, thereby deepening our understanding of the Romantic era’s fascination with nature and its significance in the literary discourse. This study underscores the significance of the Image Schema Theory in revealing the cognitive underpinnings of poetic imagery.


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Author Biography

  • Zakiuddin Mohammed, Northern Border University

    Dr. Zakiuddin Mohammed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Translation at Northern Border University.  He has a Ph.D. in Need-Based Curriculum Design from the National Institute of Technology (NITW), Warangal. Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching of English from University of Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, Masters in English Literature from Kakatiya University. He is a distinguished scholar and expert in the field of Applied Linguistics. He has been in the teaching profession for more than two decades. He presented his research at numerous national and international conferences, further establishing him as a thought leader in the field. Dr. Zakiuddin Mohammed has also authored a book “Artificial Intelligence Tools for Teaching English”. In addition to his research endeavours, he has a strong background in Teacher Training, Designing Courses for Specific Purposes, and Material Production, contributing significantly to the academic discourse.


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Jesudas, R., & Mohammed, Z. (2024). From Waves to Wisdom: Exploring Symbolism in Keats "On the Sea" and Wordsworth’s "By the Sea" Poems through Image Schema Theory. Journal of Language Pedagogy and Innovative Applied Linguistics, 2(4), 51-68.

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