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John Keats
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Book of the Heart : The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats
(Andres Rodriguez )
Keats stands as a prophetic prelude to many of today's radical attempts at self- and cultural-transformation. But this is a side of Keats that is rarely recognized. He is remembered mainly as a Romantic poet whose standing was magnified by his early death. Eclipsed by the lush sensuality of his poems, the real meaning of his life and the true greatness of his poetic achievement - how we make sense of our experience - has been largely misunderstood. "Book of the Heart" grasps the core of Keats's poetic practice of life. It uncovers the path of knowledge that his letters reveal. In a moving and imaginative literary achievement, Rodríguez presents Keats as a hero of the heart, whose deep experience of life directed him in a unique way toward love, suffering, death, and creativity.

Darkling I Listen : The Last Days and Death of John Keats
(John Evangelist Walsh )
In November 1820, John Keats set foot in Rome for what he hoped would be a swift convalescence. Exactly 100 days later, he succumbed to consumption, dead at the age of 25. This elegiac and fascinating book brings to light the last days of his life, his tragically unrealized future ambitions, and the view he saw from his room overlooking the Spanish Steps. Keats' love affair with young Fanny Brawne has long fascinated biographers, but John Evangelist Walsh shows for the first time how complex their relationship was, and how the events at the end of Keats' life illuminate the whole of their affair. He also discusses Keats' views on religion and the exact nature and progress of the illness that killed him. This book is a must-read for those interested in Keats and will delight anyone who follows Walsh on his exploration into the life and death of a supremely gifted and tragic poet.

John Keats : Complete Poems
(Jack Stillinger (Editor), John Keats )

John Keats And The Loss Of Romantic Innocence
(Keith D. White)
John Keats and the Loss of Romantic Innocence traces Keats's use of an "Appolonian metaphor." Of the nearly 150 works listed in Jack Stillinger's standard edition, approximately half contain references to the god of nature and of art. What emerges are three distinct phases in Keats's aesthetic development. From his initial fondness for bower imagery and the pastoral voices of Spenser and Hunt, to the Neo-Platonism of his poems about art and imagination, to his ultimate rejection of romantic idealism, Keats and his Apollonian metaphor are rarely separated. The poet's dismissal of romantic idealism is ultimately a rejection of Blake's God, Coleridge's of Germanism, Wordsworth's Nature, Byron's Hellenism, and Shelley's Supernaturalism. The young poet dies aware of the excesses of his empirically oriented "pleasant smotherings" and idealistic "realms of gold." He accepts a world without Apollo and his entourage, a world unembellished by art and other "gilded cheats."

(Andrew Motion)
Offering the first look at the poet John Keats (1795-1821) in a generation, Motion's dramatic and astute narration pays close attention to the political and social contexts in which Keats came to maturity, and masterfully interweaves Keats' life with his work, making incisive use of the young poet's inimitable letters.


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