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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A concise introduction to a Genius, 25 Jan 2006
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This review is from: John Keats (Everyman's Poetry Vol. 4) (Paperback)
With a poet as established as Keats, and a reputation that has endured as his has, it is usually more informative to talk of the merits to this particular editions of his works rather than the, perhaps, futile act of recommending him in general.
However, for those that have never read any of his works, it must be done. Although his life was a short one - his writing career spanned just five years - and he received a lesser education of many of the other leading Romantics (with the notable exception of John Clare), he produced a body of work that does more than just rival his contemporaries. He is the most sensual and beautiful of poets with a touch of perfection in his expression that is seen only in Shakespeare. His philosophy is so subtly woven into his works that it never clouds an appreciation for the atmosphere of the piece. What is most extraordinary about Keats is his ability to infect such deep and sensuous emotion within the reader. As is a stipulation for all great writers, Keats is able to control the emotions of the reader: he evokes love, despair, melancholy all through his use of language. Works such as ‘To Autumn’, ‘Ode to a Nightingale, ‘Ode on Melancholy’ are considered amongst the supreme masterpieces of English literature, but Keats was also a skilled narrative poet - ‘Eve of St. Agnes - and writer of epics - ‘Hyperion’ and ‘Endymion’. Pretensions aside, it is fair to say of Keats that he wrote from the soul, one of the reasons that his ‘Odes’ have a superior reputation to his longer works. When Keats was forced to consider a poem for too long it lost the much of what made him great, but his genius ensures that, whether the poem is considered a failure or not, it will contain lines and passages of sublimity, for example, ‘Endymion’ is regarded by many as a failed epic, but it opens with one of the most famous and profound lines in literary history: “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”.
This edition has an introduction by Nicholas Roe but like the rest of the of the book, it is concise and void of too much depth. However, far from being a criticism, it lends itself to the tone of the anthology. This book is for those who are either unfamiliar with Keats or only concerned with his major works. However, where the editor has had to work, he has done it superbly. The fragments of ‘Endymion’ and ‘Sleep and Poetry’ that he chooses are ideal in that they convey much of each work’s tone and thrust without reading it in its entirety.
An anthology designed to be concise and initiate the reader with the basics of Keats’ considerable genius. However, if one is looking to experience him a little deeper, they should but his ‘Complete Works’.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My heart ached and a drowsy numbness..., 14 Dec 2012
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I bought this slim version of Keats to replace to free one which Amazon makes available. The latter was simply impossible to navigate. This one is elegantly smooth and although it is a 'selection from' rather than then 'complete' Keats it has more than enough to satisfy most readers. All the key poems are there: the 'great' odes, the longer narrative poems like, Lamia and the Eve of St Agnes. Endymion and Hyperion are represented by selected extracts. I thought I would mind this but I didn't. In fact the extracts which I was able to read carefully and slowly knowing that there were not hundreds more lines to go/endure, I enjoyed very much and have promoted me to return to my paper copy of the full Hyperion with real, refreshed pleasure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, attractive and amazing value, 7 Dec 2009
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This review is from: John Keats (Everyman's Poetry Vol. 4) (Paperback)
I defy you to find a cheaper and more useful addition to your poetry bookshelf. Keats needs no star rating but this little book is a great introduction or an ideal travelling companion for those who don't want to pack their leather bound edition for a walk in the park or a lounge by the pool. All your favourites will be there and a few besides.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice of poems, 21 Mar 2010
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Anne Finlay-Baird (Malvern UK) - See all my reviews
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I bought this book for my daughter as an introduction to the work of John Keats. It is a delight to look at the cover is beautiful, the choice of poems excellent and she loved it. I looked at many others before I made this choice, and I am delighted with it-what more can I say?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 2 Jun 2008
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Jill (Jerusalem, Israel) - See all my reviews
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This recording of some of Keats's most beloved and famous poems, and some lesser known ones, is a treasure. Not only is most of the poetry itself beautiful and moving, but the readings are of a consistently high standard, rendered as they are by such fine British actors. Highly recommended.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive edition of selected Keats poems, 30 Aug 2011
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T. Bently "tbently" (Berkshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: John Keats (Everyman's Poetry Vol. 4) (Paperback)
This bargain paperback edition of 27 Keats' poems includes most of those most commonly selected as set texts such as the odes to Psyche, Melancholy, Indolence, a Nightingale and a Grecian Urn as well as the longer poems of Lamia and Hyperion.

They are attractively set out and there is an insightful introduction by Nicholas Roe. The only anomaly is that the cover shows a bunch of pink over-blown roses like something off a Valentine card when the introduction is at pains to point out that Keats' work was a product of his politics and gruesome experiences as a medical student.
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