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Poems of John Keats [Kindle Edition]

John Keats
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'Charming ... a careful choice of Keats, just right for the pocket' (Evening Standard )

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Over the course of his short life, John Keats (1795-1821) honed a raw talent into a brilliant poetic maturity. By the end of his brief career, he had written poems of such beauty, imagination and generosity of spirit, that he had - unwittingly - fulfilled his wish that he should 'be among the English poets after my death'. This new, wide-ranging selection of Keats's poetry has been selected by Claire Tomalin.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2189 KB
  • Print Length: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LLIH72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I stood tiptoe upon a little hill... 8 Jun 2010
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I have read some reviews saying that this edition of Keats' poetry is not complete, but it darn well feels like it! Alongside the well-known poems are the ones which I had never even heard of: A Galloway Song, Sharing Eve's Apple, Sonnet to a Cat. (If these are already well-known then I apologise!) As a bonus the book includes detailed notes for each of the poems so you don't have to go and look up all the obscure mythological (mostly Greek) references as there are a lot of them.

And the poetry itself? No adjectives can describe it apart from "beautiful". There are the short sonnets for when you only want to read a quick few and the lengthier ones such as Endymion if you have a bit more time on your hands. Keats was truly the master of the senses, able to create a huge variety of moods for all seasons from the mellowness of autumn to the sweet and fragrant spring. In true Romantic spirit he writes love letters to Nature, to rambling fields of wildflowers and vast rolling hills. The rhythm of the poems give them the flow of a river, a stream running through a forest untouched by human hands.

Read Keats and let yourself be transported to some of the most sensual worlds found in poetry. At such an affordable price you've got no excuse.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A deprived childhood 8 Nov 2009
By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Some months ago I came across the email address of my former English teacher from my schooldays of more than 35 years ago. It was during the BBC's TV poetry season and, after the screening of their documentary of the life of Eliot, I took the opportunity to contact him and thank him for sowing the seeds of a lifelong love of poetry in general, and for Eliot and Yeats in particular. I received a gratifying reply from a man who must by now be into his late 70's, and who was clearly delighted to hear from an erstwhile pupil, of whom he had reasonably fond recollection, and on whom some of his own literary passions had rubbed off. However... Since then I have acquired and imbibed this complete Keats edition, and I have considered emailing him again to chide him, at least light-heartedly, for never exposing us to this outstanding treasure of our literary heritage. But it is a serious question that an educated Englishman can get to age 51 without a serious encounter with Keats, whom I've since come to consider our second literary marvel after Shakespeare. Is this not symptomatic of a deprived childhood?

It has been a long, slow journey. Whenever I read poetry I read it out loud to ensure that I get the maximum of sense and rhythm from it. This book has been my read-aloud companion in all sorts of places over the summer just gone; the North Yorkshire Coast, Hadrian's Wall, by the bridge over the Wye at Hay and on London's South Bank. Fortunately I no longer care if passers by will consider such behaviour eccentric. But by far the most of it has been read in the bath where the acoustics are optimum.

My instincts are modernist. Until Keats, with the exception of Shakespeare, my interests started with Baudelaire, through to Rilke and so on.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HUNDRED PAGES OF SHEER DELIGHT 31 Oct 2009
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A perfect introduction and succinct guide to John Keats life,letter,and poetry.Samples of each of this tragic,but versatile poet's varied poetic forms are sure to tempt the reader into exploring Keats complete writings.A hundred pages of sheer delight and worthy of a place on every bookshelf.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to find the poem you want in this edition 1 Feb 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I notice that a fellow reviewer had difficulty locating individual poems in this edition due to lack of an active Contents page. However, if you use the "Go To" function in Menu & choose "Beginning" you will find the individual poems are listed with their location numbers. You can then use the location number to find the poem you want.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Contents not linked 20 Nov 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
A pity. I downloaded this book today and was looking forward to going through the poems. I found that the contents page is not linked to the poems, which renders it virtually useless. I am very surprised that this is not mentioned in other reviews and that it has been given high ratings. I wonder what is going on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Keats! 15 Jan 2014
By Polly
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This does exactly what it says on the tin. It's Keats' complete collection and as a fan of his this book is a mainstay on my bookshelf!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the updated edition 17 Dec 2013
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Not meaning to review the work of a classic, I am not the one to do that.

Just want to mention that the edition I got is the newer one, with similar cover to what we can see now for Yeats, Blake, Tennyson.
The printed font size is a bit larger than other budget books I've seen, and that is very welcome for someone with perpetually tired eyes, like I am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars happy 30 Jun 2013
By Misbah
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Classic poetry + great price = satisfied customer. The only very minor quibble I would have is that the paper used in this book is pretty thin and could have been of better quality. Oh, and if you're short sighted make sure you get your glasses out because the print is quite small. (Although I didn't expect anything else because there is an awful lot to fit into one book so understandably, the publishers were trying to keep printing costs down)
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5.0 out of 5 stars :)
Has looved som many of hes poems, but, nevva read them in all, in English, so, it reeally was time to But this :)
Published 13 months ago by Niklas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bargain
Not much to say about this. The complete poetry of Keats for a fiver. Just one of the many excellent value books from Wordsworth. Don't hesitate. Buy it!
Published 14 months ago by Ron Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry
Another book on poetry that i will read while i travel the world and teach english language students. I find poetry so relaxing
Published 15 months ago by Honeybun
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming: a truly lovely volume of poetry
Keats' poetry is sublime. I'm not really qualified to comment any further except to say that I'm constantly amazed that a man so young managed to produce such succinct verbal... Read more
Published 15 months ago by William Konarzewski
1.0 out of 5 stars Layout problems
I could never, of course, hate the poems, but you have managed to produce such an annoying version with lines turned into half-lines and crammed up against the right hand side of... Read more
Published 16 months ago by E. Monck
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Poems of John Keats - A Review by Barry Van-Asten
Of all the English Romantic poets, Keats is the most emblematic of the notion of the beautiful, doomed romantic youth, succumbing to the tragedy and fate of his own death,... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. B. P. Van-asten
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful
I agree. He is a great, poetic genius. As an English teacher, in the past, I was lucky enough to teach him at A' Level. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by B. J. Holland
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
This is not a review of Keats poetry but the Kindle version of this book.
Unfortunately the contents page is not linked so you have to scroll through the whole book to find... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2010 by R. Shaw
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