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The books in this A Level poetry series contain a glossary and notes on each page. The approach encourages students to develop their own responses to the poems, and an A Level Chief Examiner offers exam tips. This text contains poems and letters by Keats in chronological order.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published by Heinemann Library (first published 1954)
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Dec 16, 2007 Grant rated it it was amazing
his poetry is of course among the best written so i won't dwell there. i read this in college for a class where we focused on the form and style of particular poets. we read keats, stevens, and and gerard manly hopkins. part of the reading were journal entries and letters of these poets. better than reading a biography or even autobiography of someone is to read his letters or journals in my opinion. they are likely to be more insightful and honest. in all three cases we read about each poet's o ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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John Keats has been my favorite Romantic poet since I read "Ode on a Grecian Urn" in high school. His poetry is so delicious. It's like reading a painting. They are heartbreaking and beautiful, a reflection of his very short and sad life. I also love "Bright Star, were I steadfast as thou art", "Ode to a Nightingale", "When I have Fears that I may Cease to Be", and "La Belle Dame Sans Merci".
I must confess that now, having read this book, I think I might prefer his letters. Oh MY goodness, that
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Apr 29, 2012 Feda Thumairy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How could you not just immediately fall in love with Keats?
In my experience, people who quote from Ode on a Grecian Urn -- "Beauty is truth, truth beauty, -- that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." -- tend to do so declaratively and forget the larger context of his works. This collection smartly follows with Ode on Melancholy: "She dwells with Beauty -- Beauty that must die; / And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips / Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure nigh, / Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips".

The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream is
As Hermes once took to his feathers light
When lulled Argus, baffled, swoon'd and slept,
So on a Delphic reed my idle spright
So play'd, so charm'd, so conquer'd, so bereft
The dragon-world of all its hundred eyes,
And, seeing it asleep, so fled away:
Not to pure Ida with its snow-cold skies,
Nor unto Tempe where Jove griev'd a day;
But to that second circle of sad hell,
Where 'mid the gust, the whirlwind, and the flaw
Of rain and hail-stones, lovers need not tell
Their sorrows. Pale were the sweet lips I
Jul 21, 2008 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Strangely enough, no one else is reviewing these Victorian poets.
Sep 03, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some beautiful things in here if you have the patience and inclination for poetry.
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John Keats was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. During his short life, his work received constant critical attacks from the periodicals of the day, but his posthumous influence on poets such as Alfred Tennyson has been immense. Elaborate word choice and sensual imagery characterize Keats's poetry, including a series of odes that were his masterpieces and which remain am ...more
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