John Keats: Selected Poetry

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Oxford University Press, May 6, 1999 - Poetry - 260 pages
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This is an entirely new selection of Keats's finest poetry containing all his best known work as well as a sample of less familiar pieces. Keats published three volumes of poetry before his death at age twenty-five of tuberculosis and, while many of his contemporaries were prompt to recognize his greatness, snobbery and political hostility led the Tory press to vilify and patronize him as a "Cockney poet." Financial anxieties and the loss of those he loved most had tried him persistently, yet he dismissed the concept of life as a vale of tears and substituted the concept of a "vale of Soul-making." His poetry and his remarkable letters reveal a spirit of questing vitality and profound understanding and his final volume, which contains the great odes and the unfinishedHyperion, attests to an astonishing maturity of power.

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User Review  - Richard Epstein - Goodreads

An entirely new selection! As though the poet, dead at 25, had written a Collected Works like Browning's or Tennysons. Read 'em all; you've got nothing better to do. I mean that. Literally. Unless you haven't got round to Shakespeare or Milton yet, you've got nothing better to do. Read full review

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User Review  - Katrina N. - Goodreads

I love the poetry of John Keats, especially his "Ode to a Nightingale," his "Ode on a Grecian Urn," and "Bright Star." Those are his best works!! Read full review

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Elizabeth Cook is a freelance writer. She is the author of Seeing through Words and has recently edited Ben Johnson's The Alchemist.

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