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The Complete Poems of John Keats (Wordsworth Poetry Library) Paperback – 5 Jan 1994

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; New edition edition (5 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264047
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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'Charming ... a careful choice of Keats, just right for the pocket' (Evening Standard) --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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John Keats (1795-1821) is one of the greatest English poets and a key figure in the Romantic Movement. He has become the epitome of the young, beautiful, doomed poet. He wrote, among others, 'The Eve of St Agnes', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'To Autumn'. The group of five odes, which include 'Ode to a Nightingale', are ranked among the greatest short poems in the English language.

Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933. She was literary editor first of the New Statesman and then of the Sunday Times, which she left in 1986. She is the author of, among other books: The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft; Shelley and His World Katherine Mansfield: A Secret Life; The Invisible Woman and the extraordinarily successful biography of Samuel Pepys. Other books written for Penguin include: Jane Austen: A Life and a collection of memoirs entitled Several Strangers.


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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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By John Ferngrove TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Nov. 2009
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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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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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I wanted a copy of the complete poems, having passed by original, very old leather-bound copy, to a family member, for sentimental reasons. A pleasure to re-read poems I studied some 60 years ago. Swift delivery. Thank you.
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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 beauty and wisdom in so short a career (he was only 25 when he died of TB). I bought this volume as a stocking filler for my wife for Christmas and it's quite exquisite with just enough commentary to inform but not intrude. If anyone wants a small book of Keats' poetry, this edition is certainly one to consider. It fits easily into a handbag or a jacket pocket. Strongly recommended.
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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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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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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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