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John Keats poems and letters in PDF-files. List of poems of John Keats: odes, sonnets, epistles, short poems, love poems, Endymion, Hyperion, Lamia. The text of the poems published in Keats's three volumes has been carefully Sidney Colvin in his Letters of John Keats, London, , where so many of. John Keats was born on 31 October to Thomas and Frances Jennings Keats. . It is the first appearance of Keats's poems in print and Charles Cowden.

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Thanks for watching! Visit Website In a more mundane sense, Keats' father's death greatly disrupted the family's financial security. After her second marriage fell apart, Frances left the family, leaving her children in the care of her mother. She eventually returned to her children's life, but her life was in tatters.

In early , she died of tuberculosis. During this period, Keats found solace and comfort in art and literature. At Enfield Academy, where he started shortly before his father's passing, Keats proved to be a voracious reader. He also became close to the school's headmaster, John Clarke, who served as a sort of a father figure to the orphaned student and encouraged Keats' interest in literature. Back home, Keats' maternal grandmother turned over control of the family's finances, which was considerable at the time, to a London merchant named Richard Abbey.

Overzealous in protecting the family's money, Abbey showed himself to be reluctant to let the Keats children spend much of it. He refused to be forthcoming about how much money the family actually had and in some cases was downright deceitful.

Poems by John Keats

There is some debate as to whose decision it was to pull Keats out of Enfield, but in the fall of , Keats left the school for studies to become a surgeon.

He eventually studied medicine at a London hospital and became a licensed apothecary in Early Poetry But Keats' career in medicine never truly took off. Hunt's radicalism and biting pen had landed him in prison in for libeling Prince Regent. Hunt, though, had an eye for talent and was an early supporter of Keats poetry and became his first publisher.


Through Hunt, Keats was introduced to a world of politics that was new to him and had greatly influenced what he put on the page. Leigh Hunt Left Prison.

In Keats leveraged his new friendships to publish his first volume of poetry, Poems by John Keats.

The following year, Keats' published "Endymion," a mammoth four-thousand line poem based on the Greek myth of the same name. Keats had written the poem in the summer and fall of , committing himself to at least 40 lines a day. Keats was also formulating the thinking behind his most famous doctrine, Negative Capability , which is the idea that humans are capable of transcending intellectual or social constraints and far exceed, creatively or intellectually, what human nature is thought to allow.

In effect Keats was responding to his critics, and conventional thinking in general, which sought to squeeze the human experience into a closed system with tidy labels and rational relationships. Keats saw a world more chaotic, more creative than what others he felt, would permit. In the summer of , Keats took a walking tour in Northern England and Scotland. He returned home later that year to care for his brother, Tom, who'd fallen deeply ill with tuberculosis. Keats, who around this time fell in love with a woman named Fanny Brawne, continued to write.

He'd proven prolific for much of the past year. His work included his first Shakespearean sonnet, "When I have fears that I may cease to be," which was published in January Two months later, Keats published "Isabella," a poem that tells the story of a woman who falls in love with a man beneath her social standing, instead of the man her family has chosen her to marry.

The work was based on a story from Italian poet Giovanni Boccaccio, and it's one Keats himself would grow to dislike. His work also included the beautiful "To Autumn," a sensuous work published in that describes ripening fruit, sleepy workers, and a maturing sun.

The poem, and others, demonstrated a style Keats himself had crafted all his own, one that was filled with more sensualities than any contemporary Romantic poetry. Keats' writing also revolved around a poem he called "Hyperion," an ambitious Romantic piece inspired by Greek myth that told the story of the Titans' despondency after their losses to the Olympians.

Collected poems

But the death of Keats' brother halted his writing. He finally returned to the work in late , rewriting his unfinished poem with a new title, "The Fall of Hyperion," which would go unpublished until more than three decades after Keats' death.

This, of course, speaks to the small audience for Keats' poetry during his lifetime. In all, the poet published three volumes of poetry during his life but managed to sell just a combined copies of his work by the time of his death in Agnes, and Other Poems , was published in July Only with the help of his friends, who pushed hard to secure Keats' legacy, and the work and style of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom during the latter half of the 19th century, did Keats' stock rise considerably.

In Keats contracted tuberculosis. His health deteriorated quickly. Soon after his last volume of poetry was published, he ventured off to Italy with his close friend, the painter Joseph Severn, on the advice of his doctor, who had told him he needed to be in a warmer climate for the winter. The trip marked the end of his romance with Fanny Brawne. His health issues and his own dreams of becoming a successful writer had stifled their chances of ever getting married.

Keats arrived in Rome in November of that year and for a brief time started to feel better. But within a month, he was back in bed, suffering from a high temperature.

The last few months of his life proved particularly painful for the poet. His doctor in Rome placed Keats on a strict diet that consisted of a single anchovy and a piece of bread per day in order to limit the flow of blood to the stomach. He also induced heavy bleeding, resulting in Keats suffering from both a lack of oxygen and a lack of food.

Wasserman, David Perkins, Walter Jackson Bate, and a consensus of Keats critics observe aptly that the poem embeds illusion, treating it explicitly and critically; but it does not follow that the poem is or could be an utter illusion itself, suitable for private consumption.

It arises in a social and historical world, and subsequently exists utterly in that world, in the process of what is called "reception history. Inscribed in a language which he uses but which he cannot meaningfully be said to choose are judgments that Keats does not necessarily mean. Language "is involved from the beginning in all other human social and material activity,"18 and this involvement does not require an individual author's private intentions.

A language imposes cognitive frames, within whose limits a given utterance-poetic or otherwise-finds its terms. Because prior decisions inhere in the predetermined language, that language bears its structures into every utterance, shaping and limiting the available frames of judgment.

Private authorial intention does not exhaust the meanings of a statement or a text.

This argument for the cultural predeterminations of language and judgment does not, however, legitimately imply the dogmatic and narrowly political conclusions with which it has sometimes been associated, as in Stalinist forms of Marxist thought.

To observe that language and judgment are predetermined is not to show that social class membership is what has determined them. Some of a poem's dimensions arise from its real-world social and historical situation, whether or not it is knowingly aimed at political ends. To say so, however, is not to make the dogmatic This content downloaded from To proceed from the claim that some of a poem's meanings are culturally determined to the different claim that politics, or class, or gender, or the id, or economics is what has determined them is a dogmatism unwarranted by the logic of the argument.

Where differentiations among poems and poets are most keenly apparent involves often the more specifically aesthetic range of choices in which intentions and individual determinations of purpose do account for differences. The generic epic commitment of the Hyperion poems, for example, against the romance back- ground of Lamia, amounts to a formal decision whose meanings can be sought in poetic and intentional terms.

Within, around, and beneath these specifically authorial intentions and specifically textual differentiations there are, all the while, other matters and meanings of a different order, arising from the social, cultural, and historical world in which those choices take place.

Criticism can balance or supplement the individual and text-based differenti- ations with an awareness of culture-based structures of meaning. Such criticism need not deny the reality or value of discriminations effected by poetic craft; but a sensitivity to distinguishing features of particular poems need not obscure the historical meanings personally intended or not that arise from the poem's social world.

The ideological structure of Keats's poem is not, therefore, wholly a matter of his personal choices. Two recent studies have continued the traditional procedures that obscure this fact, and in entirely conventional ways: first, by enclosing the poem's origin and end within the limits of personal intention, and then by translating the poem's issues and engagements into abstract and idealist terms.

Susan J.

Wolfson introduces the poem's reception history into her account of the narrative's conflicts and tensions; this procedure is executed in such a way, however, that it serves not to contextualize the poem in its extra-subjective world, but rather to translate those concrete social pressures into yet more person- alistic abstractions: "Still stung by the reviews of Endymion, after which [Keats] compared his passive audience to 'vile spectators at the Westminster cock-pit' he pretends that this will be the very poem to please them But behind such outward hostility lies a private and more pained ambivalence about the mind's expendi- tures of energy in the creation of poetry.

The Reform movement's highly visible political struggles, with almost weekly outbreaks of violence, lay behind the hostile reviews. By these conflicts had only intensified, the Manchester massacre being one example. In the case of the Lamia volume, sensitivities to "the public" did play an important part, for Keats and also for the book's publishers, Taylor and Hessey. But to place Lamia against this motivating background is to be startled at the reductive privacy of Wolfson's own conclusions: in Lamia, Keats shows himself "scornful of the literary marketplace"; "For both Keats and Wordsworth, sneering at the 'herd' inspires a Miltonic zeal.

It also runs counter to the highly politicized character of Keats's publishing context, his social circle, and the documentary evidence of the period in which he is working and to which he responds. Wolfson's statement also depoliticizes Milton in ways that run afoul of the Romantic response to that poet. Like Fogle's, this variety of criticism exists to suppress the historicity and therefore the social engagements of Keats's poems, displacing them through a conventional transcoding operation into the mythology of a private head and its merely abstract concerns.

Published in the same year as Wolfson's study, Charles J. Rzepka's The Self as Mind exhibits an approach that is only apparently different, in fact setting out from the same essentialist and individualist assumptions, and roundly ending with them.

For Rzepka, the ostensible introduction of a reality principle involves not reception history as in Wolfson's maneuver but rather a thematized idea of "reality": "The waking dream of beauty can be prolonged, intensified, made as 'real' as 'the dreams of Gods' Lamia I, , if the dreamer can find a real source of acknowledgement outside his own mind, a lover who corroborates both the dreamer's dream and his ideal self-representation therein.

In all this posing, however, there remains the true self. The self, especially the "the- atrical" or conventional self, is constituted in a social frame in the first place. Consciousness "takes shape and being" in a form "created by an organized group in the process of its social intercourse. Language "practical conscious- ness," as Williams calls it is a social product, and this language constitutes the self.

The energy or entity that is called a self is thus first and last a social product; thinking, imagining, perceiving, and carrying on discourse are all of them social processes. Keats's poem projects a dialectical or interactive relationship; the traditional hermeneutic assumes instead a dualism of opposites.

In this way, the critic's assumptions about human reality intervene like a filter to change the poem's meanings; the commentary on the dialectical poem becomes rather a rewriting of it, as a story of dualism. To perceive the essential fictionality of interpretations like Rzepka's, or the extent to which such interpretations encode the critic's assumptions, rather than to analyze the "text," is to open a critical perspective on all of the terms in Rzepka's own allegorical master narrative.

Further, the dualism that was offered as a neutral description swiftly becomes a value judgment: almost always, "individual" and "society" or "self" and "reality" are dualized only because an interpreter would prefer one to the other.

In Rzepka's case, "Struggling for a sense of reality independent of all that others make of it, the true self feels betrayed both by the 'sentimental farce' of society and In the passage that I have just quoted, Rzepka speaks of Keats's letter to George and Georgiana Keats October , in which the poet describes Jane Cox in "theatrical" terms. Rzepka does not mention the fact that this letter goes on to its larger topic: "the long and continued Peace of England itself has given us notions of personal safety which are likely to prevent the reestab- lishment of our national Honesty-there is of a truth nothing manly or sterling in any part of the Government.

To render "society" as an abstract idea is to falsify Keats's concrete frame of reference; it is to tell Rzepka's story, which is also Wolfson's story, and Fogle's, but it is not to tell Keats's. Keats's terms are not metaphysical; they are political, and he names in this letter Leigh Hunt, Sir Francis Burdett, and Napoleon. I emphasize that the text here under discussion is Keats's letter; I do not argue that Lamia is explicitly concerned with this level of politics, but that the context of its composition is politically specific.

A Literary Life

When Rzepka again, I point to him as an example of conven- tional criticism, rather than a unique case writes most empha- tically of "reality," he has already idealized his own points of reference so that it is abstract dualism that he offers as the "real.

This is dualism but not dialectic, flattening the tale's interactions and contradictions into a polarity, Apollonius being right and Lycius wrong. The thematizing criticism of Rzepka and Wolfson could be said to constitute one direction of development from Stillinger's essay, "'The Heart and Nature of Man,'" in which Stillinger approaches Lamia in these terms: This content downloaded from Some biographers suggest that this is when tuberculosis, his "family disease," first took hold.

White's John Keats: A Literary Life aims to redress just this kind of imbalance between biography and critical commentary, not only managing to synthesise the most innovative current criticism on Keats's life and work in less than pages, but also establishing a fresh set of contexts with which to read them Indeed, it is the insightful commentary that White repeatedly brings to apparently well-established events, ideas, and contexts that makes this book so valuable Academic readers will be glad that White has chosen to incorporate so much new material into his concise Life, but this is nonetheless one of those rare books that will appeal to both the general and the specialist reader: students requiring either a short biography of Keats or a critical overview of his major works will still find this book an invaluable starting point for further study.

The attacks were an extension of heavy criticism lobbed at Hunt and his cadre of young poets. In he went on a walking tour in the Lake District. But Keats' career in medicine never truly took off.

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