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Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St.Agnes and Other Poems (Penguin Classics: Poetry First Editions) Paperback – 6 May 1999

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (6 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140437207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140437201
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 0.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,472,230 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
A most enchanting collection of some of Keats best poems. I read his poetry for A-Level and have never been so completely taken in by anything as much as I was with his poems. His use of words, so deeply moving, makes this book a must for any poetry lover.
From the captivating and mystical Lamia to the beautiful but foolish Madeline (Eve of St Agnes) each poem is full of visually descriptive images which brings the poem into reality, drawing the reader in. Perhaps Isabella, or The Pot Of Basil is one of Keats most brilliant achievements. He portrays the young love between Isabella and Lornezo with such clarity and heartfelt descriptions that when her cruel brothers take him away from her the reader can physically feel her pain and sadness.
In short, each poem in this book is classic Keats.
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By Valentino on 26 Mar. 2014
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Great, of course, to get hold of a facsimile of the 1820 collection, good for my Cam Mphil, but was spoiled somewhat by the cover: 'Jhon Keats'.
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