John Keats, the Complete Poems

John Keats, the Complete Poems

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' I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart's affections and the truth of Imagination' Keat's first volume of poems, published in 1817, demonstrated both his belief in the consummate power of poetry and his liberal views. While he was criticized by many for his politics, his immediate circle of friends and family immediately recognized his genius. In his short life he proved to be one of the greatest and most original thinkers of the second generation of Romantic poets, with such poems as 'Ode to a Nightingale', 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer', 'La Belle Dame sans Merci' and 'The Fall of Hyperion'. While his writing is illuminated by exaltation of the imagination and abounds with sensuous descriptions of nature's beauty, it also explores profound philosophical questions. John Barnard's acclaimed volume contaiins all the poems known to have been written by Keats, arranged by date of composition. The texts are lightly modernized and are complemented by extensive notes, a textual introduction, an index of classical names, selected extracts from Keat's letters and a number of pieces not widely available, including his annotations to Milton's Paradise Lost.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Eng. : Penguin, 1977
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780140422108
0140422102
Branch Call Number: 821 KEA
Characteristics: 731 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Barnard, John 1936-
Alternative Title: Complete poems

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orphicfiddler
Jul 15, 2012

So much hit or miss, but that's only to be expected from a fellow who had less than a decade to write all of the poems he ever would. Some of the later and unfinished works ("The Cap and Bells," "The Fall of Hyperion") are just lovely, while I was saddened to find that most of the poems published during his lifetime were only so-so (comparatively, anyway).

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