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John Keats : the poems
Blades, John.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, [2002]

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xv, 247 pages ; 23 cm.
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PR4837 .B56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This comprehensive guide to the poetry and letters of John Keats offers a highly readable and detailed textual analysis of the themes and techniques of his work. Blades assesses all the major writing - including the narratives and the great odes - and goes on to examine the context of the verse through a survey of the poet's letters and an examination of the key features of nineteenth century Romanticism. This lively and imaginative study concludes with a discussion of some of the most influential critical responses to Keats's work.

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John Blades has lectured in English literature at the universities of Leeds and Durham.

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Keats was an inspirational voice for dozens of outstanding poets from Tennyson and Swinburne to Yeats and Dylan Thomas. His "eternal whispering," his musical richness and evocative settings have been explicated at great length. British scholar Blades focuses specifically on the themes and techniques of Keats's work. Part 1 concentrates on Keats's early verse--specifically Endymion and "Lamia," his two Hyperions, the major odes, and the medieval love stories "Isabella," "La Belle Dame sans Merci," and "The Eve of St. Agnes." Each of the five chapters making up part 1 concludes with a paragraph or two on further research, in which Blades invites the reader to follow up on the works discussed. Part 2 locates Keats's poetry in the context of his life and through Romanticism. The final chapter delves into the modulations in literary opinion and literary theory that Keats's work has been subjected to and been the victim of. Meant to provide the perceptions required to evoke personal critical responses on the part of the average reader, this latest addition to Palgrave's "Analysing Texts" series achieves its purpose, providing an excellent study for the undergraduate, graduate, and general reader out to explore, appreciate, and delight in Keats's work. G. A. Cevasco St. John's University (NY)

Table of Contents

Matthew Arnold and H. W. Garrod and F. R. Leavis and Susan J. Wolfson
General Editor's Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xi
Principal Events in John Keats's Lifep. xii
Part 1 Analysing Keats's Poetry
1 'Standing on tip-toe': Keats's Early Versep. 3
'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'p. 3
'Keen, fitful gusts are whispering here and there'p. 11
'I stood tip-toe upon a little hill'p. 16
Sleep and Poetryp. 26
Conclusionsp. 34
Further Researchp. 35
2 The 'beautiful mythology of Greece': Endymion and Lamiap. 37
Endymion: A Poetic Romancep. 37
Lamiap. 53
Conclusionsp. 69
Further Researchp. 70
3 The Two Hyperions: 'a more naked and grecian Manner'p. 72
Hyperion. A Fragmentp. 72
The Fall of Hyperion. A Dreamp. 86
Conclusionsp. 101
Further Researchp. 102
4 The Major Odesp. 103
'Ode to a Nightingale'p. 105
'Ode on a Grecian Urn'p. 115
'Ode on Melancholy'p. 126
'To Autumn'p. 136
Conclusionsp. 146
Further Researchp. 147
5 Three Medieval Love Storiesp. 148
Isabella; or, the Pot of Basilp. 148
La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Balladp. 161
The Eve of St Agnesp. 169
Conclusionsp. 183
Further Researchp. 184
Part 2 The Context and the Critics
6 Keats's Lettersp. 187
7 Keats and Nineteenth-Century Romanticismp. 200
The Origins of Romanticismp. 200
Naturep. 204
The Imaginationp. 206
Feelingp. 210
The Writerp. 211
Languagep. 216
Romanticism after Keatsp. 218
8 Some Critical Approaches to Keats's Writingsp. 220
Further Readingp. 242
Indexp. 244