John Keats


John Keats

The English Romantic poet John Keats (1795 - 1821) died at twenty-five years of age, with his poems in publication for only the final four years of his life. Yet, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley he has become one of the most important romantic poets and one of the most admired English poets. As so often happened, Keats received an uneven and lukewarm response from the critics of his day, and it was history that elevated his work to the stature it now enjoys.

As a Romantic poet, Keats attempted to evoke a strong emotional reaction through the use of sensual and natural imagery. He is especially noted and esteemed for a series of odes including Ode On A Grecian Urn, Ode To A Nightingale, and Ode On Melancholy.

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