Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Complete Poems and Selected Letters 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: Complete Poems and Selected Letters
  • Author: John Keats Edward Hirsch Jim Pollock
  • ISBN: 9780375756696
  • Page: 309
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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. The guy had talent but reading his stuff is like being locked up in that Hansel and Gretel house made of confectionery. You get to feeling ill. In fact you need a bucket quite soon. There should be a Marathon Keats Reading Competition to see who can read the most pages of the Complete Poems without losing their lunch. I bet if Keats had been around in the 1970s he'd have been a Genesis fan - and then a Peter Gabriel fan! I can imagine him earnestly glomming onto "Selling England By The Pound" or [...]

    2. Keats.John Keats.I've been a big Shelley fan, and in a different way, Byron but never tackled Keats before. As a non-English major, I'm having to google a lot of the references (21st Century Keats), but god is it gorgeous. Okay, I'll cop to it, I saw Bright Star yesterday--came right home and took this barely-cracked book off my shelf and stuck my nose in it for the rest of the night. My mind's jaw dropped open in admiration.

    3. Portals to Poetry--In the introduction to this book, the poet Edward Hirsch writes, "John Keats's poems and letters were for me the portals of poetry itself." I won't go that far (my portals were the poems of Lorca), but they were definitely portals to metered and rhymed poetry for me. It was around the beginning of this book that I got into writing poetry in iambic meter, and this book really trained my ear and schooled me in iambic pentameter. Reading a book on poetic rhythm and Gerard Manley [...]

    4. The introduction speaks of Keat's "verbal sumptuousness" and that's apt--particularly if you read these out loud, they're a feast for the ears. That said, I didn't love everything. I was less than wild about Keats' two longest poems, particularly the longest, Endymion, which at over a hundred pages is the only one that could be described as "epic" and the only one that after reading part of it I skipped. I think part of what I don't much like about that poem is that it feels less personal than t [...]

    5. Read this for a Keats seminar in college. At the moment, Dylan Thomas is the only other verse writer to occupy so special a place in my heart. These poems could be stapled together on pieces of toilet paper and they'd still be worth reading. This nicely bound, helpfully annotated anthology is a bonus. This book contains every single piece of poetry Keats ever wrote, from his charming early doodles ("Imitation of Spenser"), to his clumsy but often hugely clever stab at an epic, "Endymion", to the [...]

    6. Now Morning from her orient chamber came,And her first footsteps touch'd a verdant hill;Crowning its lawny crest with amber flame,Silv'ring the untainted gushes of its rill;Which, pure from mossy beds, did down distill,And after parting beds of simple flowers,By many streams a little lake did fill,Which round its marge reflected woven bowers,And, in its middle space, a sky that never lowers.There the king-fisher saw his plumage brightVieing with fish of brilliant dye below;Whose silken fins, and [...]

    7. Read Harder 2016 task: Read a book over 500 pages long.3.5 stars. Honestly, I'm a bit surprised at my own rating for this book. I adored Keats' poems read for class in school and in college, and I still love do. But this collection includes a number of poems that didn't really work for me. Endymion is the standout example, as I almost abandoned the book while trying to get through it. I will include a list here at a later date of my favorite poems that I discovered/rediscovered in the collection [...]

    8. Rating this feels weird-- it's Keats, his entire poetic corpus, take it or leave it. I'm happy with the book, and while I have moods when I find some of Keats' work cheesy, overall I enjoy him and see no reason to mark this collection down. Highlights for me: Ode on a Grecian Urn (a very pivotal text for ekphrasis in Western Lit), To Autumn (I'm a Fall kind of a guy), On seeing the Elgin Marbles, On first looking into Chapman's Homer (I know some of these are the "big" poems that everyone mentio [...]

    9. I got this book for Valentine's Day and have taken a long time to read it, and to be honest, I didn't read the whole book--some of Keat's poems are really, really, long. But what I did read was so beautiful that I think John Keats is UP THERE with Shakespeare as an artist. His life, his letters, his ideas, his talent, and his artistry are so above the average, that you can't help but wonder that one young man was capable of writing such amazing stuff. When I graduated college, I thought I had gr [...]

    10. You hear about Keats' life and you think his poetry is going to be all sex and death from tuberculosis at age 26. But then you read it and most of it is kind of boring and difficult to follow. So you go back to and realise that he was trying 'to express extreme emotions with regard to nature' and that he got really shit reviews on practically everything he wrote except the three odes on Grecian pottery (pottery!) that you had to read in intro to English lit.

    11. John Keats' poems sometimes felt realer than real. Sometimes this bothered me, like every little thing had to be pulsing with life, but a lot of times it's really nice.His letters are okay. As I vaguely recall his ultraawareness of his death colored everything he wrote. A good guy and I'm glad people still remember him.

    12. I didn't read the entire book - only the poems mentioned in the letters. I bought this specific book for the letters which I have wanted to read for some time now.I just found out last week a movie is being made - bonus!

    13. strikes a balance between sweet and sober - he died young, knew he would, and his poetry reflects that. still: he saw the world beautifully, and it's hard not to be affected when reading his poemsso, his love letters are delicious.

    14. I would have given this edition 5 stars, because it is my humble opinion that John Keats is perhaps the greatest poet to have ever walked this earth; however, this edition had numerous spelling and punctuation errors.

    15. Another valuable source of material for my novel in progress, Grandpa Art, as well as insight into The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers.

    16. StanzasThe feel of not to feel it,When there is none to heal itNor numbed sense to steel it,Was never said in rhyme.

    17. Imagination, emotion and honesty combined. What enthralling stories were told, with dreamlike romanticism and linguistic precision.

    18. this is the book [that i read for school] that made me love poetry. i read it more and more on my own and got it for my birthday. keats is so cool.

    19. I have an old Odyssey Pres volume with a dozen or so bits of paper stuck between the pages marking my favorite poems.

    20. Keats amazes me every time.I adore his work, and in this anthology, "Lines to Fanny" is a must - my new favourite poem - ta, Sir.

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