O Solitude! by John Keats

One day I decided I needed to have a favorite poem. Stumbling across this poem by John Keats I decided it was The. One. So perfect chance to use it in this class assignment. A short poem, worth a read:

O Solitude! by John Keats

O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell,

Let it not be among the jumbled heap

Of murky buildings: climb with me the steep,

Nature's observatory -whence the dell,

In flowery slopes, its river's crystal swell,

May seem a span; let me thy vigils keep

'Mongst boughs pavilioned, where the deer's swift leap

Startles the wild bee from the foxglove bell.

But though I'll gladly trace these scenes with thee,

Yet the sweet converse of an innocent mind,

Whose words are images of thoughts refined,

Is my soul's pleasure; and it sure must be

Almost the highest bliss of human-kind,

When to thy haunts two kindred spirits flee.

Here are the notes I took in step 1.

Then I did some sketches as step 2:

Step 3 my design concepts:

Concept 1: This first option was focusing in on the idea in one of my sketches about using a shallow depth of field. The idea of isolation in nature. I found this image and just liked it's cheeriness mixed with a sobering feeling.

Concept 2: This options was my attempt at finding a period-appropriate image. The idea of a woman fleeing into nature.

Concept 3: I wanted the bee referenced in the poem to communicate the happy solitude the poet describes. He is sort of isolated in all the greenery. I think the art has a victorian era feel to it.

Concept 4: I originally had the idea of lonely footsteps walking and then being joined by another set of footsteps—sort of the kindred spirit joining in the solitude. This more hints that there that other person ready to join him.

Concept 5: I wanted the type to convey the joy and the happiness the writer feels of leaving the dirty city and fleeing into the beauty of nature.

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I really like what I've done here, particularly concept 5. It captures how I feel about the poem. But, I do freely admit that these may be lacking the sophistication that a poetry book cover should possess.

I welcome any feedback! Thanks for reviewing!

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Concept 6: Based on some helpful feedback I tweaked this cover to see how it looked with a slightly different title placement.


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