John Keats

John Keats

Selected Poetry

Book - 1996
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This is an entirely new selection of Keat'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 unfinished Hyperion, attests to an astonishing maturity of power.
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780192832757
0192832751
Characteristics: xxii, 260 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Cook, Elizabeth 1952-

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