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Keats (Andrew Motion)
on 3 March 2012
I would recommend this book to anybody interested in Keats. I got a copy from the library and didn't want to give it back. I think it's very well written, informative, sympathetic, and gives a colourful representation of the life of the poet, his siblings, and all of the friends and associates who helped shape his life. It's also fascinating to anybody interested in the not too distant history of our country. You can look up names mentioned in the book and see what impact or contribution they had to society and the arts, or whatever.. Joseph Severn, for instance. I won't say how he was connected to Keats (spoiler), but his story alone is really interesting and worth a read.
Apart from that, Keats came over very well, extremely sociable, humorous, kind-hearted and dedicated to his calling, but the book doesn't gloss over the various problems that beset him during his short life.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though I knew there would be no happy ennding. Read the book, see Bright Star, then go to the house in Hamptead.