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The Complete Poems

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Covering the entire output of an archetypal - and tragically short-lived - romantic genius, the Penguin Classics edition of The Complete Poems of John Keats is edited with an introduction and notes by John Barnard.

Keats's first volume of poems, published in 1817, demonstrated both his belief in the consummate power of poetry and his liberal views. While he was criticized
Paperback, 752 pages
Published January 27th 1977 by Penguin Classics (first published 1820)
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Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is said that the poem "To Autumn" marks the end of poetic career of Keats.
He died at 25, writing poetry for only about 5 odd years.

But I think he wrote enough, to exist in the hearts of poetry lovers world wide, forever.

A collection of wonderfully composed, natural, sensual and emotional imagery of ...A romantic poet !

Lines from Final stanza of "To Autumn".....

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–
While barred clouds bloom the
Luís C.
Keats still fascinates, yet he was so decried, because of the excesses of his sensibility, his youthful enthusiasts, his almost macabre complaints, as if he had very early full awareness of his tragic destiny - the disease would prevail at the age of 25 when he had a stay in Italy - in short of all those impulses of the heart and mind that became the mark of Romanticism. There is a kind of Orpheus in Keats, of the bard of an ancient time when Nature and the Gods were still talking to men, and ...more
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a true soft spot for the Romantics, and Keats especially. His poems manage to be both beautifully structured at the same time they're achingly full of feeling. It's quite a dizzying combination.
I came across John Keats for the very first time in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own . In the book Virginia talks of John Keats with admiration and hints that had the necessary education and financial independence he would have achieved greater heights and would have stood on par with Lord Byron and William Wordsworth - two of the greatest Romantic poets England has produced. This statement aroused my curiosity and I was determined to read Keat's poetry. It took me nearly two years to ...more
Jun 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: poetry fans, 18th/19th Century Lit fans
I'm going to come right out and say that I'm not usually a huge poetry fan. (Except in the epic sense where it's actually basically a novel, Byron, or Shakespeare.) But I make a huge exception for Keats. I adore Keats. All of Keats. You can't show me a poem of Keats that I wouldn't like. This stuff is so heartbreakingly beautiful sometimes, I can hardly stand it.

If anyone else has a poet to recommend that they can't live without, please do. I would really like to get more into poetry. I just
Dec 08, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
On first looking into Chapman's Homer Bjørneboe's Bestialitetens historie

MUCH have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I taught Keats in Intro to Poetry courses for 35 years, and in 1986 appeared (& contributed to the script) in an Oscar-nominated film, Keats and His Nightingale, originally to be titled Blind Date, but another by that title just edged us out. As a bird-whistler, I also acted the nightingale--I played him more as a Woodthrush (see R Frost's "Come In" on a Wood Thrush). In my companion essay to the film, I argued that that ode has a most unpromising start: Keats is high ("or emptied some dull ...more
Mademoiselle Karma
Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
Alone and palely loitering?
The sedge has withered from the lake,
And no birds sing.

Oh what can ail thee, knight-at-arms,
So haggard and so woe-begone?
The squirrel's granary is full,
And the harvest's done.

I see a lily on thy brow,
With anguish moist and fever-dew,
And on thy cheeks a fading rose
Fast withereth too.

I met a lady in the meads,
Full beautiful - a faery's child,
Her hair was long, her foot was light,
And her eyes were wild.

I made a garland for her
Conor Walsh
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Every morning I would wake at 7am just to read this work of genius.

Keats was the Romantic poet who cared most about art and beauty. He didn't allow himself to get mixed up in religion and politics. But in quiet ways, he did comment on political, religious, aesthetic, and sexual beliefs, sometimes in ways that were less traditional than his poetic style. Above all, he was supremely conscious of beauty in the world, as well as the world's suffering. His 143page poem 'Endymion: A Poetic Romance'
Athena Shardbearer


I was a woman, let me have once more
A woman’s shape, and charming as before.
I love a youth of Corinth – O the bliss!
Give me my woman’s form, and place me where he is.
Stoop, Hermes, let me breathe upon thy brow,
And thou shalt see thy sweet nymph even now
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book contains all of John Keats poems. It's really only 480ish pages if you don't count the note and appendix and intros.

I still find it amazing Keats wrote all these poems before he was 25. Sadly, he died too young, but I'd imagine we'd have more poems if he lived longer.

Only thing I'll say about this edition is it's not as well set up as Penguins other poetry books. It was hard to tell looking at he index which poem was long and which one was short. Usually they capitalize all the letters
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah Keats, truest literary love of my life. At least once or twice a year I feel the need to get lost in this book for a little while, and it always feels like having tea and a deep, tearful discussion with a dear friend. It also takes me back to my wonderful memories of studying in England, and all the time I spent belatedly stalking Keats (walking along the path in Winchester where he composed "To Autumn," visiting his home in Hampstead, reading rare biographies in gorgeous old libraries, ...more
Lidia Mascaró
Aug 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keats? Johnny? What should I call you? I consider you a close friend, for you /always/ manage to speak to me on a very spiritual level. There is not really much I can say. If I began to talk about these poems, I'd write a novel. Simply amazing, genius, excellent, superb... you get the drill. Your poems have been my safe haven for the last six months now, and I can safely say you have made me fall in love with both life and death in the best ways possible. Thank you very much.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
The fact that John Keats died young had swayed my rating towards leniency. I've read the harsh reviews here, and I must admit that there is a grain of truth in some of them. As for the very positive reviews here, I fear that most of them have deviated from context and have been therefore biased with a parroting tone of extravagance. Keats was neither a lousy poet nor was he an excellent one, he had some remarkable and brilliant punchlines, particularly in his sonnets and odes, and yet he lacked ...more
Lady Jane
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Keats... lovely as his writings were, achieved fame only posthumously. Posthumous fame has to be one of the saddest things for an artist, especially for John Keats, whose situation never really got any happier. The poor lad died at the age of 29 after struggling with tuberculosis for years. As if this were not bad enough, critics of his time were very harsh on him... they disliked him because he did not derive from a wealthy family, and claimed that an farm boy like John Keats cannot ...more
Helen Torres
John Keats had sense of the power and romance of literature and espoused the sanctity of emotion and imagination, and privileged the beauty of the natural world.
Many of the ideas and themes evident in Keats’s great odes are quintessentially Romantic concerns: the beauty of nature, the relation between imagination and creativity, the response of the passions to beauty and suffering, and the transience of human life in time.
Definitely a collection of wonderfully composed, natural, sensual and
Paul Dinger
Mar 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that it was the movie Bright Star that got me to read the very slim oveare that is Keat's body of work. Yet, for such a small output, it had a huge following. Keats is very influentional through out the Victorian age. There are all kinds of influence on writers from Tennyson to Matthew Arnold and Browning. It seems to me that a major theme in Keats is work is potential unfufilled. It is a major theme in Ode to a Grecian Urn and Eve of Saint Agnes, where the love story is told ...more
Patrick Gibson
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all who can read
Recommended to Patrick by: calliope
Shelves: poetry
People always pair Keats and Milton. Milton shmilton. Keats is the man. Probably the finest English poet. I think he should shack up with John Donne. Wouldn’t you like to take a walk with those two by your side? I wonder if they ever wrote any dirty limericks?

Think Of It Not, Sweet One

John Keats

Think not of it, sweet one, so;—
Give it not a tear;
Sigh thou mayst, and bid it go

Do not lool so sad, sweet one,—
Sad and fadingly;
Shed one drop then,—it is gone—
O ’twas born to die!

Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sad people in need of catharsis.
Recommended to Megan by: A nightengale.
I bring this with me when I am forced to ride the Metro. Mostly I read "Ode to a Nightengale", "Ode on Melancholy" and "The Eve of St. Agnes" and teeter on the edge of crying and not-crying. I think he really understood depression. Hit up that last stanza of "Melancholy" and you'll have a little window into my brain. Mom assures me that "Endymion" will also make me cry. Maybe it will make you cry, too!
Autumn Kotsiuba

Super sophisticated review, right?
Therese Ptak
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in LOVE with Keats. He's one of my favorites if not my absolute FAVORITE poet. His sonnets are deep touching and beautiful. His poem "the Lamia" and "Bright Star" are so beautifully written. If you haven't yet aquainted yourself with him, buy a book of his poetry and start. If you can get a hold of some of his written letters (they are often published with his poems) read them, it's so interesting to see his thought process!
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful poet and beautiful man - he died too soon. I love the poetry, the letters, all of it. Found it on Google for free (pubilc domain!) in e-book form, sought it out after watching the movie Bright Star, about his love affair with Fanny Brawne. I recommend that as well.
Jan 24, 2009 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I like Keats more than I like his poems, somehow.
Descending Angel
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keats
It's amazing to think that the guy wrote all this before dying at just 25 years old, mindblowing in fact. There is all sorts in this complete collection of his work, short poems, long poems, narrative poems, plays, I can't say I loved everything but a lot of it is really good. Highlights ~ "O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell" "Give me women, wine, and snuff" "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer" "sleep and poetry" "endymion" "On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again" "God of the ...more
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I cannot relate to most of these poems, I cannot help but adore their wording. I love the intense passion of the romantics !!!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Sorry Johnny mate, I just don't think we operate on the same level.
Not the kind of poetry for me, I have to say. Clearly I am not enough of a romantic!
Most of the poems in this collection can be categorised into one of two types;
-"I saw a beautiful tree/stream/greek urn today; isn't the world full of wonders?"
-"I haven't seen anything beautiful today; the world is cruel and I will never write poetry again, woe is me!"
It is difficult for me to relate to the hyperbole found here, and the poetry
Austin Krause
Personal Response:
I only read the poem "To Autumn" from this book's collection of poems. I thought this poem was a pretty good one. It was pretty easy to read the whole thing with a high level of understanding. I think I really enjoyed the poem because I was able to really connect to it by my own experiences.
There is not a true plot to this poem, only that it describes what all an autumn day will hold. The author describes the changing of the plants and sounds. He also describes the actions
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, john-keats
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness,—
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, poetry, uk-ireland, 5-star
Note to the Third Edition
Tables of Dates
Further Reading

--Imitation of Spenser
--On Peace
--'Fill for me a brimming bowl'
--To Lord Byron
--'As from the darkening gloom a silver dove'
--'Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream'
--To Chatterton
--Written on the Day that Mr Leigh Hunt left Prison
--To Hope
--Ode to Apollo ('In thy western halls of gold')
--Lines Written on 29 May The Anniversary of the Restoration of Charles the 2nd
--To Some Ladies
--On Receiving a Curious
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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 ...more
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know”
“Life is but a day;
A fragile dew-drop on its perilous way
From a tree’s summit.”
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