John Keats

Topics: John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Poetry Pages: 20 (6875 words) Published: March 10, 2013
Theme: John Keats’ life and creativity work

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I. Introduction
1. General Information
2. Biography
3. Work
* Early Poems (1814 to 1818)
* 1814
* 1815
* 1816
* 1818
* 1819
* Letters

4. Criticism
5. Poem desiccated to John Keats
III. Conclusion
IV. Bibliography

This work has the purpose to get you acquainted with the greatest poet of Romanticism, John Keats. Here you can find very detailed information about his life and useful information about his work. I hope you are going to find at least one interesting thing for yourself. If you do it means that the work worths the efforts spent.

I chose John Keats for my work for some reasons:
* All three of the great “second generation” of Romantic poets died young: Byron died at the age of thirty-six, Shelley died when he was twenty-nine, but John Keats died when he was only twenty-five. * Although John Keats had not been precocious, his earliest poems, written in his late teens, are conventional and unpromising, and, in fact, most of his great work was done in a single year, 1819, when he was twenty-three. * In such short time, John Keats had composed poetry that places him among the five or six greatest English poets. * John Keats’ work, in this single year, is far superior to anything Chaucer or Shakespeare or Milton had done at a comparable age. * John Keats’ ancestry and background would have seemed hardly conductive to forming a poet. Byron was an aristocrat, educated at the best schools; Shelley also was born in an old, aristocratic family, which assured him leisure to pursue the life of the mind; while Keats’ father was a hostler, his elder brother died and later he lost his mother. There was no Cambridge or Oxford in his life. He worked apprenticeship to a surgeon and apothecary – a profession of no prestige. * John Keats was not only the last but also the most perfect of the Romanticists. While Scott was merely telling stories, and Wordsworth reforming poetry or upholding the moral law, and Shelley advocating impossible reforms, and Byron voicing his own egoism and the political discontent of the times, Keats lived apart from men and from all political measures, worshiping beauty like a devotee, perfectly content to write what was in his own heart, or to reflect some splendor of the natural world as he saw or dreamed it to be. * While Romantic poets including Wordsworth and Shelley describe objects, Keats actually presents them. In this way he is able to stimulate the readers’ senses as thought the object were actually present.

1. General information
John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, he was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic movement, despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death.

Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his life, his reputation grew after his death to the extent that by the end of the 19th century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He has had a significant influence on a diverse range of later poets and writers: Jorge Luis Borges stated that his first encounter with Keats was the most significant literary experience of his life.

The poetry of Keats is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and analyzed in English literature. 2. Biography

John Keats was born on 31 October 1795 to Thomas and Frances Jennings Keats. Keats and his family seemed to have marked his birthday on 29 October, however baptism records give the birth date as the 31st. He was the eldest of...
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