The Complete Poems of John Keats (with an Introduction by Robert Bridges)

The Complete Poems of John Keats (with an Introduction by Robert Bridges)


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Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats is considered one of the most important figures in the second generation of English Romantic poets. Born on Halloween in 1795, John Keats lived a very short life, dying at the age of twenty-five from tuberculosis. In 1814 John Keats began an apprenticeship with Thomas Hammond, a surgeon and apothecary and by 1816 had achieved his apothecary's license, which allowed him to practice medicine. However Keats passion lied elsewhere and by the end of 1816 he was resolved to be a poet and not a surgeon. Despite his short life, Keats produced an immense volume of poetry; however the esteem of his reputation rests primarily on the quality of his Odes, which are marked by their use of sensual imagery. Keats was not well-received during his lifetime and sensing his imminent death viewed himself as a failure as is evidenced by the following statement written in an 1820 letter to Fanny Brawne: "I have left no immortal work behind me-nothing to make my friends proud of my memory-but I have lov'd the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remember'd." History of course has remembered Keats differently, as one of the truly great poetic talents of all-time. This edition includes his complete poetical works, is printed on a premium acid-free paper and includes an introduction by Britain's poet laureate Robert Bridges.

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ISBN-13: 9781420951844
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 350,847
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.02(d)

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Complete Poems of John Keats (Modern Library Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I mentally can't handle anything he writes to Fanny *cries*
a211423 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever;/ Its loveliness increases; it will never/ Pass into nothingness; but still will keep/ A bower quiet for us."Keats poetry is this.
P_S_Patrick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is no one comparable to this man, as far as top notch poetry is concerned. I picked this book up as a last minute purchase, due to a buy two get third free offer a few years ago, and yet this book is the one I've spent the most time reading. I haven't quite finished reading it all but have read all the short poems, and keep coming back to dip into it when the mood takes me. Since reading it, I've noticed his works being quoted, referenced, and alluded to in nearly every other book I read, from Pullman and Rushdie's fiction to the scientific writings of Dawkins. I would recommend that you find a book of Keat's poems if you only have as much as a passing interest in poetry, you might find yourself inspired as so many others have been by it. That he died at the age of 25 is perhaps the greatest tragedy in the history of literature.
Daedalus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love this man's poetry. I wish he hadn't died before his pen had glean'd his teeming brain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The one page I am able to read is beautiful. Look for another that doesn't srick and that navigates better.
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The first time I ever heard of John Keats was a few months ago in my English Literature class. His poetry is the most beautiful and sensuous I have ever read. Keats is without a doubt my favorite poet. It is really upsetting that he did not live long enough to realize his full artistic potential; his poetry rivals that of Shakespeare's. Actually, I would say Keats's poetry is better! Buy this book! You will not regret it.