La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats

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Many famous writers have careers spanning over decades, though one English Romantic poet was able to achieve fame in his short career of only five years. John Keats was a poet with a remarkable ability to perceive the world around him; an ability that resonated throughout his works. Although John Keats lived an unfortunately short life, he is considered one of the most important figures of the English Romantic movement because of his use of Romantic literary devices and themes of love and loss in poems such as "La Belle Dame sans Merci" and "When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be." On the outskirts of London on Halloween in 1795, famous Romantic poet John Keats was born. Entering school at the age of 8, Keats was "known for his fierce…show more content…
Regardless of finally achieving success from his poetry, Keats received the news of the good reviews with mixed emotions (“John Keats: Love, Life, and Death”). Advised to do so by his doctors, Keats left England and his love, Fanny Brawne, in September to spend his final months in the warmer climate of Italy (“John Keats: Love, Life, and Death”). By this time Keats had abandoned any ideas of continuing to write poetry, and lived his final months feeling as if he were already dead (“John Keats: Love, Life, and Death”). Keats said that he was "leading a posthumous existence" (“John Keats: Love, Life, and Death”). After fighting off the disease for almost six more months, Keats died in Rome on February 23rd, 1621 at the young age of 25. One can only imagine the heights to which Keats would have soared had he lived longer. Despite his short career in poetry, Keats became one of the most popular and acclaimed English Romantic poets (”John Keats: Biography”). Keats’ brief career as a poet did not prevent him from becoming a primary leader of the English Romantic movement. His works, along with those of Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelly are most frequently connected with Romantic poetry. The Romantic movement places harmony with nature in high regard and stresses the development of the individual (The Academy of American Poets). Romantic poetry often focuses on one idea which eventually morphs into a contrasting idea by the end of the poem (Melani).
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