Author(s): John Keats
Arguably the greatest of all the English Romantic poets, John Keats left behind him an astonishingly large body of work almost as remarkable for its maturity as for its beauty. Whether in longer narrative works like 'The Eve of St Agnes', or in such sonnets as 'On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer', or in magnificent odes like those 'To a Nightingale' and 'To Autumn', his verse resonates with lyricism and with sensuous imagery, however melancholy his tone or his subject. His finest poems are among the greatest in the language; almost all of them strike a chord in the heart of even the most jaded reader. This compact selection includes many of Keats's greatest shorter poems, as well as extracts from his longer works.
This careful selection includes many of Keats' greatest poems, as well as extracts from his longer works, giving the reader a taste of the riches of his work.
John Keats was born in London in 1795. He first studied medicine but, preferring to write poetry, he published his first sonnets in 1816. His first book of poems appeared in 1817, and a year later he published Endymion. The publication of Lamia and Other Poems in 1820, written during his famously tempestuous affair with Fanny Brawne, established his reputation for all time. He died from tuberculosis in Rome in 1821, aged only twenty-five.