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Complete Poems of John Keats (Modern Library) [Hardcover]

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; New edition edition (28 July 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679601082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679601081
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 13.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Keats was born in London in 1795. He trained as a surgeon and apothecary but quickly abandoned this profession for poetry.

His first volume of poetry was published in 1817, soon after he had begun an influential friendship with the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. His first collection and the subsequent long poem Endymion recieved mixed reviews, and sales were poor.

In late 1818 he moved to Hampstead where he met and fell deeply in love with his neighbour Fanny Brawne. During the following year Keats wrote some of his most famous works, including 'The Eve of St. Agnes', 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'La Belle Dame sans Merci'.

He was however increasingly plagued by ill-health and financial troubles, which led him to break off his engagement to Fanny. Soon after the publication of Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems in 1820, Keats left England for Italy in the hope that the climate would improve his health. But Keats was by this time suffering from advanced tuberculosis, and he died on February 23rd 1821.

On his request, Keats' tombstone reads only 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'.

Portrait (c) National Portrait Gallery, London: NPG 194
John Keats, by William Hilton (died 1839)

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Presents all of the English poet's verse, including his sonnets and odes, the allegorical romance "Endymion," and the five-act poetic tragedy "Otho the Great".

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Complete, my eye 2 April 2011
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Well, there is quite a lot of Keats in this ebook, but determining exactly what it contains is tricky. There is a basic contents list at the start but this gives no details of individual poems. Worse still, there are no active links so that navigation is a nightmare. With some searching I could find "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" but there is no sign of "Endymion", and I'm sure there are many other later poems missing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Keats lives 31 Mar 2000
By M Darrow - Published on
The miniscule and sickly John Keats may not have been long for this world but he is an immortal of English language poetry. The accesibility of Keats's great poems is the reason he continues to be read while those who dismissed him in his own day have been swept into the ashcan of literary history. What's great about this complete edition is right there in the title: It's complete, allowing the Keats enthusiast to travel through all of Keats's romantic attempts, ranging from great to mediocre to poetic fumbles... The Keats novice can start with the major poems and odes and marvel, as I once did, how one so young created such a vast quantity of work. This edition also features valuable notes and the trajically short biography of Keats.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No odes, and still no table of contents 25 Jun 2011
By John Everard - Published on
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As a previous reviewer noted this edition is not the complete poems - it doesn't have the odes. And the editors have still (25 June 2011) not added a linked table of contents. This is really not good. The days when providers for Kindle could charge $3.99 for out of copyright works with such woefully adequate editing are long past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Puzzled... 27 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Overall this book is a great value, as would any book be that contains so many of Keats poems and puts them in a durable binding at an attractive price. However, I'm puzzled by the first two lines in the poem, " La Belle Dame Sans Merci" that read, " Ah, what can ail thee, wretched wight,/ Alone and palely loitering; ". In every book I've ever seen this poem in, or these two lines quoted , including my college Literature Text book, they read, " O what can ail thee, knight at arms,/ Alone and palely loitering ? " There is no information to tell us what the text of the poems for this volume are based on. And, I seem unable to find an e-mail address from The Modern Library's Web Site so I can ask. I would accept a response from The Modern Library if they cared to comment( e-mail at: )
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5.0 out of 5 stars the Complete Poems of John Keats 1 Dec 2008
By Mimi Wolske - Published on
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Not being an expert on all of the poetry of Keats, it appears this book does indeed contain his complete work of published poetry between 1813/14 (Immitation of Spencer) and 1820. The book itself (the hardback copy I purchased) is very well made and the printing on every bound page is clear and even. If you know only the first line of one of Keats' poems and can't recall the title, the publishers have included an additional alphabetical index of those lines. I am very happy with the quality of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Britain's Brightest Stars 10 Mar 2002
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Next to Shakespeare I can not think of a Brittish poet who inspired me more than John Keats. His lyrical phrases, his sense of music and metaphor, and his visionary splendor dazzles one and leaves a reader in awe of his gift. My favorites are the Odes, especially the Ode To Psyche, and the Ode To A Nightingale. One can only wonder what great works might have come into existence from this great literary genius had he lived beyond the age of twenty six. Still, he did manage to distill from the heavens some of the finest poems of the English language.
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