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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just letters., 19 Mar 2010
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M A Bennett (SOUTHALL, Middx, GB) - See all my reviews
For lovers of Keats, his letters are in a way, the other side of the coin of his poetry. They not only throw a light on his personality, but as Rodriguez has shown in 'Book of the heart', they record the development of Keats' poetics. The range in content of the letters is amazing; they are like conversations: ideas for poems; personal matters and family concerns; and ideas about the imagination. Many sound anthologies of the poems contain selections from the letters, but to my knowledge there is only one complete edition available which is expensive, and there is not a complete set on the web. This OUP edition, edited by an acknowldged Keats authority, is more than a compromise solution to this apparent deficit: it is an essential edition - assuming you do not already have one that is - to a Keats library; whether the motivation is purely personal because you love Keats, or the motivation is pedagogic - teaching Keats per se; teaching the Romantics; teaching the genre of letters as an insight to the times...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection - small selection, 14 Nov 2012
This review is from: Selected Letters (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
The selected letters of John Keats are an important part of literary history. They detail the poetic development of one of the most important poets in the Romantic movement and give insights into Keats's character beyond the poetry. They show Keats in private, and understanding Keats as a man is an important part of fully understanding Keats the poet.

This is a very good selection, with most of the appropriate scholarship to accompany the letters, and a fantastic introductory essay by Jon Mee discussing Keats's character and how he tried to present himself to different people. With close friends he was bawdy, and there are an abundance of sexual jokes and innuendo. With others like Fanny Browne he is sensitive and delicate. With others still he was businesslike and sober.

This selection covers a good range of letters to different people, and this collection becomes worth reading just for that, but it also vicariously tells Keats's story: those final years that gave us his best poetry. The only real problem with this selection is that it is too small. There are a great number of letters John Keats wrote that deserved to be included in this collection but are not. The reader will likely need some background information on the dates of Keats' life (poem composition dates especially) to properly appreciate this book. Also, there are sections of letters, or sections of poems in letters that have been removed, again, for no very good reason.

This book is certainly worth getting if you are interested in literary development, Keats's poetry, or even just the time period - these letters can be rich in contemporary detail - but it is obviously not for any reader: some 'before-reading' interest is required.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must book if you want to know keats better, 6 April 2014
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i got it in time. a fascinating little book about a great poet's way of thinking and communicating with the social world around him, his professional and personal life and an insight into a poet's shaping within the force of circumstances of his life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, intriguing, nosey-nosey., 22 Dec 2010
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R. Waby (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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These letters offer an insight into Keats life; from his poetic ideas to his apologies for late rent. Theres some great gems in here, but only buy if you are fascinated with - or learning about - Keats.
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