John Keats

John Keats


John Keats: John Keats is perhaps the greatest member of that group of second generation Romantic poets who blossomed early and died young. He is Romantic in his relish of sensation his feeling for the Middle Ages his Hellenism his conception of the role of the poet.
John Keats

His first long poem "Endymion" is based on the Greek myth of the shepherd of Mount Latmos who was loved by the moon. Keats knew the faults of Endymion before he had finished it. In his preface his admitted that it was written in the dangerous stage between childhood and full manhood.
After Endymion Keats matured with almost feverish rapidity. The death from tuberculosis of his younger brother Tom and his own medical training must have warned him. We find development in Isabella.
'Hyperion' shows the influence of Milton in its relatively weight and sonorous blank verse. As in Endymion the theme is from Greek mythology "The Eve of St. Agnes" is not only Keats greatest narrative poem but in a poem which shows the aspects of his art conventionally called romantic.
The other products of Keats brief maturity are equally remarkable. In the powerful short lyric "LA Belle Dame Sans Merci" he develops the folk theme of the beautiful but evil lady. The "Ode to a Nightingale", "Ode on a Grecin Urn" and "Ode to Autumn" were all written in 1819.
John Keats


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John Keats wrote some remarkable letters in which he explained his nations of poetry and his own pee aims as a poet. The disciplined sensuality of Keats imagery looks back to spenser and looks forward to Tennyson. He crushed the grapes of language on his palate and luxuriated in the magic world of dream sorrow and sensation. 

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