The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death John Keats soberly prophesied in as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius w

  • Title: The Complete Poems
  • Author: John Keats
  • ISBN: 9780679601081
  • Page: 364
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death, John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death Edmund Wilson counted him as one of the half dozen I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death, John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death Edmund Wilson counted him as one of the half dozen greatest English writers, and T S Eliot has paid tribute to the Shakespearean quality of Keats s greatness Indeed, his work has survived better than that of any of his contemporaries the devaluation of Romantic poetry that began early in this century This Modern Library edition contains all of Keats s magnificent verse Lamia, Isabella, and The Eve of St Agnes his sonnets and odes the allegorical romance Endymion and the five act poetic tragedy Otho the Great Presented as well are the famous posthumous and fugitive poems, including the fragmentary The Eve of Saint Mark and the great La Belle Dame sans Merci, perhaps the most distinguished literary ballad in the language No one else in English poetry, save Shakespeare, has in expression quite the fascinating felicity of Keats, his perception of loveliness, said Matthew Arnold In the faculty of naturalistic interpretation, in what we call natural magic, he ranks with Shakespeare.

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    1. It is said that the poem "To Autumn" marks the end of poetic career of Keats.He died at 25, writing poetry for only about 5 odd years. But I think he wrote enough, to exist in the hearts of poetry lovers world wide, forever.A collection of wonderfully composed, natural, sensual and emotional imagery of A romantic poet ! Lines from Final stanza of "To Autumn"Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day [...]

    2. I'm going to come right out and say that I'm not usually a huge poetry fan. (Except in the epic sense where it's actually basically a novel, Byron, or Shakespeare.) But I make a huge exception for Keats. I adore Keats. All of Keats. You can't show me a poem of Keats that I wouldn't like. This stuff is so heartbreakingly beautiful sometimes, I can hardly stand it. If anyone else has a poet to recommend that they can't live without, please do. I would really like to get more into poetry. I just ha [...]

    3. On first looking into Chapman's Homer Bjørneboe's Bestialitetens historieMUCH have I travell'd in the realms of gold, And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; Round many western islands have I been Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. Oft of one wide expanse had I been told That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne: Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or li [...]

    4. Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering?The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing.Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, So haggard and so woe-begone?The squirrel's granary is full, And the harvest's done.I see a lily on thy brow, With anguish moist and fever-dew,And on thy cheeks a fading rose Fast withereth too.I met a lady in the meads, Full beautiful - a faery's child,Her hair was long, her foot was light, And her eyes were wild.I made a garland for her [...]

    5. Every morning I would wake at 7am just to read this work of genius.Keats was the Romantic poet who cared most about art and beauty. He didn't allow himself to get mixed up in religion and politics. But in quiet ways, he did comment on political, religious, aesthetic, and sexual beliefs, sometimes in ways that were less traditional than his poetic style. Above all, he was supremely conscious of beauty in the world, as well as the world's suffering. His 143page poem 'Endymion: A Poetic Romance' wo [...]

    6. John Keats lovely as his writings were, achieved fame only posthumously. Posthumous fame has to be one of the saddest things for an artist, especially for John Keats, whose situation never really got any happier. The poor lad died at the age of 29 after struggling with tuberculosis for years. As if this were not bad enough, critics of his time were very harsh on him they disliked him because he did not derive from a wealthy family, and claimed that an farm boy like John Keats cannot possibly wri [...]

    7. Ah Keats, truest literary love of my life. At least once or twice a year I feel the need to get lost in this book for a little while, and it always feels like having tea and a deep, tearful discussion with a dear friend. It also takes me back to my wonderful memories of studying in England, and all the time I spent belatedly stalking Keats (walking along the path in Winchester where he composed "To Autumn," visiting his home in Hampstead, reading rare biographies in gorgeous old libraries, etc.) [...]

    8. LamiaI was a woman, let me have once more A woman’s shape, and charming as before. I love a youth of Corinth – O the bliss! Give me my woman’s form, and place me where he is. Stoop, Hermes, let me breathe upon thy brow, And thou shalt see thy sweet nymph even now

    9. I taught Keats in Intro to Poetry courses for 35 years, and in 1986 appeared (& contributed to the script)in an Oscar-nominated film, Keats and His Nightingale, originally to be titled Blind Date, but another by that title just edged us out. As a bird-whistler, I also acted the nightingale--I played him more as a Woodthrush (see R Frost's "Come In" on a Wood Thrush). In my companion essay to the film, I argued that that ode has a most unpromising start: Keats is high ("or emptied some dull o [...]

    10. Keats? Johnny? What should I call you? I consider you a close friend, for you /always/ manage to speak to me on a very spiritual level. There is not really much I can say. If I began to talk about these poems, I'd write a novel. Simply amazing, genius, excellent, superb you get the drill. Your poems have been my safe haven for the last six months now, and I can safely say you have made me fall in love with both life and death in the best ways possible. Thank you very much.

    11. John Keats had sense of the power and romance of literature and espoused the sanctity of emotion and imagination, and privileged the beauty of the natural world. Many of the ideas and themes evident in Keats’s great odes are quintessentially Romantic concerns: the beauty of nature, the relation between imagination and creativity, the response of the passions to beauty and suffering, and the transience of human life in time. Definitely a collection of wonderfully composed, natural, sensual and [...]

    12. I have to admit that it was the movie Bright Star that got me to read the very slim oveare that is Keat's body of work. Yet, for such a small output, it had a huge following. Keats is very influentional through out the Victorian age. There are all kinds of influence on writers from Tennyson to Matthew Arnold and Browning. It seems to me that a major theme in Keats is work is potential unfufilled. It is a major theme in Ode to a Grecian Urn and Eve of Saint Agnes, where the love story is told fro [...]

    13. People always pair Keats and Milton. Milton shmilton. Keats is the man. Probably the finest English poet. I think he should shack up with John Donne. Wouldn’t you like to take a walk with those two by your side? I wonder if they ever wrote any dirty limericks? Think Of It Not, Sweet OneJohn KeatsThink not of it, sweet one, so;— Give it not a tear;Sigh thou mayst, and bid it go Any—anywhere.Do not lool so sad, sweet one,— Sad and fadingly;Shed one drop then,—it is gone— O ’twas born [...]

    14. I bring this with me when I am forced to ride the Metro. Mostly I read "Ode to a Nightengale", "Ode on Melancholy" and "The Eve of St. Agnes" and teeter on the edge of crying and not-crying. I think he really understood depression. Hit up that last stanza of "Melancholy" and you'll have a little window into my brain. Mom assures me that "Endymion" will also make me cry. Maybe it will make you cry, too!

    15. I am in LOVE with Keats. He's one of my favorites if not my absolute FAVORITE poet. His sonnets are deep touching and beautiful. His poem "the Lamia" and "Bright Star" are so beautifully written. If you haven't yet aquainted yourself with him, buy a book of his poetry and start. If you can get a hold of some of his written letters (they are often published with his poems) read them, it's so interesting to see his thought process!

    16. Of the Romantic poets, Keats is by far my favorite. I don't know if it was the tragedy of his brief life or the simple way he put being into words, but every time I read his poetry, my pulse slows and the world stands still.

    17. What a beautiful poet and beautiful man - he died too soon. I love the poetry, the letters, all of it. Found it on Google for free (pubilc domain!) in e-book form, sought it out after watching the movie Bright Star, about his love affair with Fanny Brawne. I recommend that as well.

    18. IntroductionNote to the Third EditionAcknowledgementsTables of DatesFurther Reading--Imitation of Spenser--On Peace--'Fill for me a brimming bowl'--To Lord Byron--'As from the darkening gloom a silver dove'--'Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream'--To Chatterton--Written on the Day that Mr Leigh Hunt left Prison--To Hope--Ode to Apollo ('In thy western halls of gold')--Lines Written on 29 May The Anniversary of the Restoration of Charles the 2nd--To Some Ladies--On Receiving a Curious She [...]

    19. Reading any book that contains the complete works of anyone can be a bit overwhelming. I will admit that I did not read this book cover to cover. Instead, I read the poems randomly chosen by title. His works are truly beautiful.

    20. This pleasant tale is like a little copse:The honied lines do freshly interlace,To keep the reader in so sweet a place,So that he here and there full hearted stops;And of ten times he feels the dewy dropsCome cool and suddenly against his face,And by the wandering melody traceWhich way the tender-legged linnet hops.Oh! what a power has white simplicity!What mighty power has this gentle story!I, that do ever feel athirst for glory,Could at this moment be content to lieMeekly upon the grass, as th [...]

    21. Personal Response:I only read the poem "To Autumn" from this book's collection of poems. I thought this poem was a pretty good one. It was pretty easy to read the whole thing with a high level of understanding. I think I really enjoyed the poem because I was able to really connect to it by my own experiences.Plot:There is not a true plot to this poem, only that it describes what all an autumn day will hold. The author describes the changing of the plants and sounds. He also describes the actions [...]

    22. It seems I have found a poet I don't like at all. I know his poetry is loved by many, but I fear I will not be one of them. Granted I have read only the 21 poems found in this book and I really don't know how many more he wrote, although dying at the way too young age of 25 didn't give him enough time to be really prolific. Poetry is such a subjective thing that it's difficult to explain why one likes some and not others but I'll try to pinpoint some of the things that kept me at arm's length.Ke [...]

    23. I don't read much poetry, and when I do it's modern and in-your-face. However, I saw the Jane Campion movie, Bright Star, which focuses on the doomed romance between John Keats and Fanny Brawne. It's so beautiful, and it made me want to learn more about Keats. So I read The Complete Poems cover to cover, in order. I will not tell you I found it easy, but it was rewarding. Keats surprised me and, at times, moved me.On the surface, his romantic style, seemed very far removed from my modern sensibi [...]

    24. Best read alongside Rollins's edition of The Letters of John Keats: Volume 2, 1819 1821: 1814 1821.In 1819 Keats wrote to his brother George: "My name with the literary fashionables is vulgar-I am a weaver boy to them"And actually, it's not a bad comparison. Keats's work was famously unpopular amongst his contemporaries. His publication of Endymion was met with scorn; and even now it doesn't read much better-self-indulgent, immature. But in Keats's later poems, such as 'Ode to Psyche,' and 'Ode [...]

    25. Of course, Keats is one the most recognized of English poets, but he will always haunt, linger, and sleep in the more silkenly sorrowful oubliettes of my heart. The melancholy, somber tone of his voice confined and steadied by formal elegance never fails to produce a pensive, maudlin gaze bent toward a consideration or disquisition of rest, of a time when one can breathe fully, with winnowing ease, as each suspiration unloads a weight or an onus regardless of how many times vapor slips past the [...]

    26. Keat’s poems and letters are an absolute pleasure to read. Keats is one of the most seductive poets I have ever read. His words have completely captivated me, and his letters are further irresistible. Although he could be contradictory and manipulative, he is nonetheless loveable. He had a very short life, and yet, he still managed to write some of the most beautiful poems ever written in the English Language. Keats also had an enduring interest in antiquity and the ancient world. His longer p [...]

    27. How is it, Shadows! that I knew ye not? How came ye muffled in so hush a mask?Was it a silent deep-disguised plot To steal away, and leave without a taskMy idle days? Ripe was the drowsy hour; The blissful cloud of summer-indolence Benumb'd my eyes; my pulse grew less and less;Pain had no sting, and pleasure's wreath no flower: O, why did ye not melt, and leave sense Unhaunted quite of all but -- nothing- ness?(from Ode on Indolence)

    28. John Keats is one of the finest poets who has ever lived, and he died at 25, and this praise comes from one who is not much of a fan of poetry in general. Not much else can be said other than everyone should sample his work (poems and letters)if they wish to be moved or inspired as no other could.

    29. Despite my lack of background in Greek mythology I enjoy Keats for his extraordinary skill with words. That being said, you have to sift through some very unremarkable poems to get to the gems. And goddamn John, why do you love the word 'poesy' so much?

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