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Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats

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'I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death, ' John Keats soberly prophesied in 1818 as he started writing the blankverse epic "Hyperion." Today he endures as the archetypalRomantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death. Edmund Wilson counted him as 'one of the half doze ...more
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Published August 16th 2009 by Modern Library (first published October 28th 1975)
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Paul Bryant
The guy had talent but reading his stuff is like being locked up in that Hansel and Gretel house made of confectionery. You get to feeling ill. In fact you need a bucket quite soon. There should be a Marathon Keats Reading Competition to see who can read the most pages of the Complete Poems without losing their lunch. I bet if Keats had been around in the 1970s he'd have been a Genesis fan - and then a Peter Gabriel fan! I can imagine him earnestly glomming onto "Selling England By The Pound" or ...more
John Keats.

I've been a big Shelley fan, and in a different way, Byron... but never tackled Keats before. As a non-English major, I'm having to google a lot of the references (21st Century Keats), but god is it gorgeous. Okay, I'll cop to it, I saw Bright Star yesterday--came right home and took this barely-cracked book off my shelf and stuck my nose in it for the rest of the night. My mind's jaw dropped open in admiration.
John review needed here. just love ...more
Portals to Poetry--

In the introduction to this book, the poet Edward Hirsch writes, "John Keats's poems and letters were for me ... the portals of poetry itself." I won't go that far (my portals were the poems of Lorca), but they were definitely portals to metered and rhymed poetry for me. It was around the beginning of this book that I got into writing poetry in iambic meter, and this book really trained my ear and schooled me in iambic pentameter. Reading a book on poetic rhythm and Gerard Man
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Mar 20, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading: 100 Signficant Books
The introduction speaks of Keat's "verbal sumptuousness" and that's apt--particularly if you read these out loud, they're a feast for the ears. That said, I didn't love everything. I was less than wild about Keats' two longest poems, particularly the longest, Endymion, which at over a hundred pages is the only one that could be described as "epic" and the only one that after reading part of it I skipped. I think part of what I don't much like about that poem is that it feels less personal than t ...more
Now Morning from her orient chamber came,
And her first footsteps touch'd a verdant hill;
Crowning its lawny crest with amber flame,
Silv'ring the untainted gushes of its rill;
Which, pure from mossy beds, did down distill,
And after parting beds of simple flowers,
By many streams a little lake did fill,
Which round its marge reflected woven bowers,
And, in its middle space, a sky that never lowers.

There the king-fisher saw his plumage bright
Vieing with fish of brilliant dye below;
Whose silken fins, and
"When I have fears that I may cease to be..."
It's Keats. No questions asked.
Read this for a Keats seminar in college. At the moment, Dylan Thomas is the only other verse writer to occupy so special a place in my heart. These poems could be stapled together on pieces of toilet paper and they'd still be worth reading. This nicely bound, helpfully annotated anthology is a bonus. This book contains every single piece of poetry Keats ever wrote, from his charming early doodles ("Imitation of Spenser"), to his clumsy but often hugely clever stab at an epic, "Endymion", to the ...more
Troy Rodgers
Thanks to Tim Powers' The Stress of Her Regard, I've gotten sucked (no pun intended) into the writings of Keats, Shelley, Byron, and their ilk, as well as their interconnected biographies. I used to abhor poetry, feeling like I was on the outside of something pompous and overblown that I clearly didn't understand or appreciate, and I didn't necessarily want to do so either. As I've grown and explored more, I've discovered that it's far more accessible than I originally knew. I think the biggest ...more
Rating this feels weird-- it's Keats, his entire poetic corpus, take it or leave it. I'm happy with the book, and while I have moods when I find some of Keats' work cheesy, overall I enjoy him and see no reason to mark this collection down. Highlights for me: Ode on a Grecian Urn (a very pivotal text for ekphrasis in Western Lit), To Autumn (I'm a Fall kind of a guy), On seeing the Elgin Marbles, On first looking into Chapman's Homer (I know some of these are the "big" poems that everyone mentio ...more
I got this book for Valentine's Day and have taken a long time to read it, and to be honest, I didn't read the whole book--some of Keat's poems are really, really, long. But what I did read was so beautiful that I think John Keats is UP THERE with Shakespeare as an artist. His life, his letters, his ideas, his talent, and his artistry are so above the average, that you can't help but wonder that one young man was capable of writing such amazing stuff. When I graduated college, I thought I had gr ...more
A thing of beauty is a joy forever, like his poetry.
Maya Rock
John Keats' poems sometimes felt realer than real. Sometimes this bothered me, like every little thing had to be pulsing with life, but a lot of times it's really nice.
His letters are okay. As I vaguely recall his ultraawareness of his death colored everything he wrote.
A good guy and I'm glad people still remember him.
I've read some poems and letters before,but most of them,i didn't know.So i was very excited to read all of his works and i have to say they're all heartbreakingly beautiful.I love the way he wrote about nature,art,beauty and love."One of England’s greatest poets?" He really was.My favorite poem is still Endymion.
strikes a balance between sweet and sober - he died young, knew he would, and his poetry reflects that. still: he saw the world beautifully, and it's hard not to be affected when reading his poems.

also, his love letters are delicious.
I didn't read the entire book - only the poems mentioned in the letters. I bought this specific book for the letters which I have wanted to read for some time now.

I just found out last week a movie is being made - bonus!
I would have given this edition 5 stars, because it is my humble opinion that John Keats is perhaps the greatest poet to have ever walked this earth; however, this edition had numerous spelling and punctuation errors.
Another valuable source of material for my novel in progress, Grandpa Art, as well as insight into The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers.
this is the book [that i read for school] that made me love poetry. i read it more and more on my own and got it for my birthday. keats is so cool.
The feel of not to feel it,
When there is none to heal it
Nor numbed sense to steel it,
Was never said in rhyme.
Keats amazes me every time.
I adore his work, and in this anthology, "Lines to Fanny" is a must - my new favourite poem - ta, Sir.
Imagination, emotion and honesty combined. What enthralling stories were told, with dreamlike romanticism and linguistic precision.
I have an old Odyssey Pres volume with a dozen or so bits of paper stuck between the pages marking my favorite poems.
In my eyes, Keats can do no wrong. I love this man. Heartbreakingly gorgeous stuff here, folks.
My all time favorite poet! pics...

By and far the best of the best is the Song of Opposites.
Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats (Modern Library Classics) by John Keats (2001)
Sep 25, 2009 Kimley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Saw "Bright Star" yesterday and realized I haven't read any Keats since school...
couldn't read it all. i just wanted to read some of his poems.
Michael Ledezma
Excellent book. Everything you could ever want from Keats.
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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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Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
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