From the first few lines Keats alludes to the great romances of the previous ages as opposed to William Shakespeare's great tragedies. While it could be discerned that Keats is referring to his poem
John Keats was a well established English poet in the early 19th century. His work is greatly influenced by his family, studies, political views, and life experiences. Keats was born October 31st, 1795 in a stable to his devoted parents, Thomas and Frances Keats (15). Before Keats’s twentieth birthday he would experience many hardships from the passing of both of his parents as well as his grandmother. Thomas Keats died in 1804 after an accident occurred while riding his horse, leaving John Keats as the ‘man’ of the house at the young age of nine. Less than five years passed before Frances Keats fell ill and passed after contracting tuberculosis. At a young age Keats experienced great loss and suffering that would linger with him for the entirety
John Keats was a poet who saw nature as being exhilarating and beautiful. He often drew comparisons between nature and poetry to express his thoughts. In his poems “Bright Star” and “When I have fears,” John Keats uses alliteration and personification to express his emotions towards mortality. In “Bright Star,” he uses these devices to express his desire to be eternal and permanent by comparing them to a star. Similarly, in “When I have Fears,” he uses them to capture his fear of dying before accomplishing greatness in writing and romance. In both poems, he uses alliteration to overcome his fears by realizing the unimportance of eternity and fame. Thus, by using the same poetic devices, he ultimately expresses his fear of the inevitable death
The literary transcendence of John Keats’ works far surpasses the malevolent criticism of the Tory Journals. The beauty of Keats’ poems and letters, have held him in regard as the quintessential Romantic poet, whose short life was ultimately consumed by his struggle for acceptance in the dominant literary community. In the opening lines of Endymion, Keats writes ‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’; an assertion that anything beautiful will give unending pleasure - a belief that is carried throughout not only in Endymion but also Ode on a Grecian Urn. It is commonplace for Keats’ poems to explore the different forms of beauty most typically through nature, romance and the ideal. Keats’ work exemplifies the paradoxical tensions between the passage of time, the permanence of beauty and the disappointment of reality. Though beauty is arguably subjective thus rooted in opinion and perception, beauty for Keats is a transcendent aesthetic found in every aspect of the human existence and beyond.
Although John Keats’s poetry did not receive favorable critiques during the Romantic Era, his poetry now stands out as some of the best works of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Keats’s childhood was marked by a series of unfortunate losses. Keats often battled with depression and turned to writing literature for catharsis. Writing, for Keats, proves to be an avenue to release strong emotions such as sorrow, anger, and frustration, thus cleansing and healing his spirit.
Poetry, Keats purports, "comes from the ferment of an unhappy childhood working through a noble imagination" (Keats 16). The "lesson of [Keat’s]
Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings gave birth to John Keats on 31 October 1795 at his grandfather’s livery stable in London, United Kingdom.(“Keats, John (1795-1821).”) His father died in a riding accident when John was only 8 years old. As for John’s mother, she died when he was 14 years old due to tuberculosis.(“Keats, John (1795-1821).”) John had two younger brothers, George and Tom, and a younger sister named Fanny. John and his brother’s George and their younger brother went to John Clarke’s school at Enfield. Keats got guidance, encouragement and a strong friendship from his teacher, Charles Cowden Clarke.(“John Keats”.) Charles was the headmaster and a person of a strong literary interests and radical political sympathies.(“John
Five months before his first book, “Poems”, was published, Keats was introduced to one of Byron and Shelley’s friends, Hunt, who helped him advance in his writing. His first book was not received to well by the public, neither was the rest of his work. In his lifetime, Keats’ work copped more hate than any other poet of his time. But by the end of the 19th century he was one of the most beloved poets studied. Actually Meg, on his gravestone Keats wanted to write “Here lies one whose name was writ in water.” He knew he wasn’t appreciated in his time, and he would be washed away by those who read his name, yet he prophesised he would be appreciated in the years that followed.
John Keats is a romantic poet and he belongs to the Romantic Period. He was born in London and was educated at a private school at Enfield, and at the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a surgeon. He lost interest in surgery, and the career of a poet became a bright possibility when he made the acquaintance of Leigh Hunt, the famous Radical journalist and poet. When Keats was about seventeen years old he became acquainted with Spencer, and this proved to be the turning point in his life. The mannerism of Elizabethan immediately captivated him and he began to imitate him. Keats health was already failing but the amount of poetry he wrote is marvellous, both in magnitude and in quality.
The aim of this article is an attempt to know the different moods of the poet John Keats how Keats moves from Negation to Affirmation how he reacted against problems, how he turned between reality and unreality, joys and sufferings, imagination and reason, and how he turned towards poetry. The poet who once declared that he wanted to “fade for away, dissolve and quite
Personally, I would have to strongly disagree with this statement as I find his poems interesting and comprehensible. Right from the onset, Yeats became one of my favourite poets as I admire his unique style and impressive language skills. I believe that his poems are a reflection of his own life... An interesting and influential one that faced rejection from Maude Gonne, creating the Abbey theatre in Dublin and winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1923. I feel that he captures a calm atmosphere in his nature poems using onomatopoeia and with a unique style which draws me in as a reader. Yeats also portrays a powerful message in his political poems and conveys his thoughts and emotions when he utilises clever similes coupled with alliteration or assonance. The poems that I have studied are "The Lake Isle of Innisfree", The Wild Swans at Coole", "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death", "September 1913" and "Sailing to Byzantium"
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”).
Keats would have been exposed to the classics of ancient Greece as a schoolboy. He was influenced and inspired by classic Greek art and mythology. Also, in his travels, he was inspired by walks among the ancient architecture and ruins that gave him the foundation for his work. Many of Keats’s poems live up to this first definition but none so clear as “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” In this poem Keats creates a ethereal world from the design on the Grecian urn. The lover’s locked forever in anticipation of that first embrace:
In the year of 1819, John Keats, the last of the Romantic poets, was diagnosed with tuberculosis, which he contracted from attempting to nurse his brother back to heath. Alongside the knowledge that his death was surely upon him, Keats published his most distinguished works in that same year. “Ode to a Grecian Urn” was one of five Odes Keats wrote. In this poem, John Keats uses his theory of negative capability to embody his attitude towards the Grecian Urn, thus further explaining the poet’s universal explanation of how art should be interpreted and why.
Emotion was the key element of any Romantic poet, the intensity of which is present in all of Keats poems. Keats openly expressed feelings ignoring stylistic rules which suppressed other poets.