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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140424474
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424478
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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About the Author

John Keats was born in October 1795. In October 1816 he met Leigh Hunt, whose Examiner had already published Keats’s first poem. Only seven months later Poems (1817) appeared. The extraordinary speed with which Keats matured is evident from his letters. In 1818 he had worked on the powerful epic fragment Hyperion, and in 1819 he wrote ‘The Eve of St Agnes’, ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’, the major odes, Lamia, and the deeply exploratory Fall of Hyperion. Keats was already unwell when preparing the 1820 volume for the press; by the time it appeared in July he was desperately ill. He died in Rome in 1821.


Edited with an introduction and notes by John Barnard.


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So... Keats. An absolutely indispensable poet, but what's the best Keats to have on your shelf? There's no single answer to that one.

The problem with the various Collected Poems is that they contain so much ephemera, parodies, written-on-napkin nonsense and dullish collaborations with Charles Brown that the real central essential Keats gets a bit swamped.

So you want a Selected. You want an uncluttered book like this, where you've got Sleep and Poetry, The Odes, Hyperion, The Eve of St Agnes, La Belle Dame sans Merci .... you know, all the stuff that Matters. Those scents and tastes and the feel of things - I truly believe Keats is the only poet who wrote with all his baby-senses intact. And those electric visionary lines that (as the narrator says in the Kipling story "Wireless") look out on a region of the imagination that no-one else has ever been permitted to visit.

Down the wide stairs a darkling way they found.-
In all the house was heard no human sound.
A chain-droop'd lamp was flickering by each door;
The arras, rich with horseman, hawk, and hound,
Flutter'd in the besieging wind's uproar;
And the long carpets rose along the gusty floor.

This selection by John Barnard is really good, it is a very nice book to carry around and read deeply in. But it does have one big downside: it does not contain the whole of Endymion, only selections. We really do need to have the whole of Endymion, which remains one of Keats' most important poems, for all of Keat's own apologies about it.
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The poems in this book can definitely be described as romantic poetry. I bought this book for use on my English Literature A Level. Although I only needed to read three poems, I read the whole book. The imagery of the poems is very descriptive and the stories behind them are very vivid. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romantic poetry.
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Delivery was later than expected, however the book was a great read
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Book as described and very fast service.
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