Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 22, 2009 - Poetry - 640 pages
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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 archetypal Romantic 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 dozen greatest English writers,' and T. S. Eliot has paid tribute to the Shakespearean quality of Keats's greatness. Indeed, his work has survived better than that of any of his contemporaries the devaluation of Romantic poetry that began early in this century. This Modern Library edition contains all of Keats's magnificent verse: 'Lamia,' 'Isabella,' and 'The Eve of St. Agnes'; his sonnets and odes; the allegorical romance Endymion; and the five-act poetic tragedy Otho the Great. Presented as well are the famous posthumous and fugitive poems, including the fragmentary 'The Eve of Saint Mark' and the great 'La Belle Dame sans Merci,' perhaps the most distinguished literary ballad in the language. 'No one else in English poetry, save Shakespeare, has in expression quite the fascinating felicity of Keats, his perception of loveliness,' said Matthew Arnold. 'In the faculty of naturalistic interpretation, in what we call natural magic, he ranks with Shakespeare.'

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POEMS 1817
To Leigh Hunt Esq
I stood tiptoe upon a little hill
Specimen of an Induction to a Poem
To Some Ladies
Hence Burgundy Claret and Port
Lines on seeing a Lock of Miltons Hair
When I have fears that I may cease to be
To the Nile
To a Lady seen for a few Moments at Vauxhall
Spenser a jealous honourer of thine
Answer to a Sonnet by J H Reynolds ending
Apollo to the Graces

On receiving a Curious Shelland a Copy of Verses from the Same Ladies
To Hope
Imitation of Spenser
Woman when I behold thee flippant vain
To George Felton Mathew
To my Brother George
To Charles Cowden Clarke
1To my Brother George
3Written on the Day that Mr Leigh Hunt left Prison
4How many bards gild the lapses of time
5To a Friend who sent me some Roses
6To G A W
7O solitude if I must with thee dwell
8To my Brothers
9Keen fitful gusts are whispering here and there
10To one who has been long in city pent
11On first looking into Chapmans Homer
12On leaving some Friends at an Early Hour
13Addressed to Haydon
14Addressed to the Same
15On the Grasshopper and Cricket
16To Kosciusko
17Happy is England
Sleep and Poetry
Isabella or The Pot of Basil
The Eve of St Agnes
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Ode to Psyche
Lines on the Mermaid Tavern
Robin Hood
To Autumn
Ode on Melancholy
On Peace
Lines written on 29 May the Anniversary of Charless Restoration on hearing the Bells ringing
Ode to Apollo
As from the darkening gloom a silver dove
To Lord Byron
Fill for me a brimming bowl
To Chatterton
To Emma
Give me Women Wine and Snuff
On receiving a Laurel Crown from Leigh Hunt
Come hither all sweet maidens soberly
Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition
O how I love on a fair summers eve
To a Young Lady who sent me a Laurel Crown
After dark vapours have oppressed our plains
Lines in a Letter to J H Reynolds from Oxford
On the Sea
To the Ladies who saw me Crowned
Nebuchadnezzars Dream
Haydon forgive me that I cannot speak
Hymn to Apollo
On seeing the Elgin Marbles
On The Story of Rimini
Written on a Blank Space at the End of ChaucersThe Floure and the Leafe
In drear nighted December
Unfelt unheard unseen
Hither hither love
Think not of it sweet one so
On sitting down to read King Lear once again
To a Cat
O blush not so
O thou whose face hath felt the Winters wind
The Human Seasons
Where be ye going you Devon maid?
For theres Bishops Teign
To Homer
To J H Reynolds from Teignmouth 25 March 1818
Over the hill and over the dale
To J R
Fragment of an Ode to Maia
Sweet sweet is the greeting of eyes
On visiting the Tomb of Burns
A Song about Myself
To Ailsa Rock
Meg Merrilies
Ah ken ye what I met the day
All gentle folks who owe a grudge
Of late two dainties were before me placd
Sonnet written in the Cottage where Burns was born
Lines written in the Highlands after visiting the Burns Country
Read me a lesson Muse and speak it loud
a Dialogue
To his Brother George in America
Wheres the Poet?
Modern Love
The Castle Builder
Welcome joy and welcome sorrow
Hush hush Tread softly hush hush my dear
The Dove
Extracts from an Opera
The Eve of Saint Mark
To Sleep
Why did I laugh tonight?
On a Dream after reading of Paolo and Francesca in Dantes Inferno
The House of Mourning written by Mr Scott
Fame like a wayward girl
Song of Four Fairies
La Belle Dame sans Mercy
La belle dame sans merci
How feverd is the man who cannot look
If by dull rhymes our English must be chaind
Faery Songs
Spenserian Stanzas on Charles Armitage Brown
Ode on Indolence
A Party of Lovers
The day is gone
Lines to Fanny
To Fanny
To Fanny
This living hand now warm and capable
Bright Star would I were stedfast as thou art
Two or three Posies
When they were come unto the Faerys Court
In aftertime a sage of mickle lore
a Vision
The Cap and Bells or The Jealousies
Otho the Great
King Stephen
To Benjamin Bailey 22 November 1817
To George and Tom Keats 21 27 ? December 1817
To J H Reynolds 3 February 1818
To John Taylor 27 February 1818
To John Taylor 24 April 1818
To J H Reynolds 3 May 1818
To Richard Woodhouse 27 October 1818
To George and Georgiana Keats 14 February to 3 May 1819
To Fanny Brawne 25 July 1819
To Percy Bysshe Shelley 16 August 1820
To Charles Brown 30 September 1820
To Charles Brown 30 November 1820

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John Keats was born in 1795, the son of a livery-stable keeper. An orphan by the age of fourteen, he was apprenticed to a surgeon for a time, but gave up medicine for poetry. His luxuriant early work was famously savaged by the critics, but he remained assured in his conviction that he would eventually "be among the English poets," and his volume of 1820 was more favorably viewed. Keats's longed-for marriage to Fanny Brawne was prevented by the onset of the tuberculosis that killed him, at the age of twenty-six, in 1821.

Edward Hirsch is a celebrated poet and peerless advocate for poetry. A MacArthur fellow, he has published eight books of poems and four books of prose. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Rome Prize, a Pablo Neruda Presidential Medal of Honor, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Literature. He serves as president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and lives in Brooklyn.

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