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John Keats -Poet

John Keats -Poet



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Keith SutherlandMs. Cook English II, Period IV7 December, 2007John KeatsJohn Keats is an amazing poet whose style and writing technique inspired many andcontributed to the new era of romanticism. Although Keats had many unfortunate catastrophes inhis short life, he made the best of it by turning his emotions into poems. He used a wide range of vocabulary and sensual imagery to turn his exact feelings into words. His intricate mind made it possible for him to compose complex, yet simple poems. John Keats was a lively and brilliantold-English poet whose works were often overlooked.John Keats, born in 1795, lived a very eventful and unfortunate life, which helped shapehis poetry. At a very age both his mother and his father passed away, increasing responsibilityand strain on his life (Wright, 3). Due to these tragedies he chose to write about the romanticismand sensual imagery his parents lacked. His writing helped him cope with the stress and fears of losing his parents. Keats began writing poetry in his teens and published his first book, Poems, in1817, which received very harsh criticism by the poetic world (Pape). His determination to write poetry was not deterred by the critics. As a result his poetry only continued to get better as theyears went on. Sadly, John Keats died in 1821, at the age of 25 from tuberculosis, ironicallyincreasing the popularity of his poetry (Mongello). People didn’t truly appreciate Keats’ work until his death where it flourished. His poetic experiments using romance carried well into the19
century inspiring others. John Keats used poetry to escape the many tragedies of his life, inwhich defining his style.
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Keats is a distinct poet in which his elaborate word choice and sensual imagerycharacterize his style of poetry. He found inspiration in the extravagant and sensory word play of the 16
century and also admired the works of many previous poets (Mongello). He wasdetermined not to be another monotonous poet and make a stand to prove himself. Poems aboutlove and romance were not well known in his time and he chose this to establish his uniqueness.Although his choice of vivid imagery and sensual style may not have had a hit with critics in hisshort lifetime, it certainly influenced many English poets of the era (Pape). John was ahead of histime with his poetry, which brought the dislikes of many. His poems were not fully understood by several and confused others. Keats was a growing poet whose individuality and style broughta new era of romance into the world after his young life ended abruptly.Keats’ “Endymion” is about beauty and love and how everybody can experience it insome way or another. In this poem it says, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever (Wright, 34).” Thismeans that something that is truly beautiful, like love for example, will always be there andnever go away. Some things may be pleasing at the moment but if they are not still there in theend and dependable, it is not true beauty. “Endymion”, while still displaying some of the flaws of Keats’ earlier poetry, was also graced with mythological, poetical, and artistic imagery(Mongello). The story told in the poem is about mythological times of the Greek. The Greek feltvery strongly towards the idea of beauty and love therefore Keats chose them to relate to this poem. Keats used the well-known concept of beauty and love to attempt to connect and relatewith his audience. John’s “Sleep and Poetry” is about the benefits of sleep in all itsmysterious faucets, such as tranquility, its regenerative powers, and the ability to induce strongimaginative visions. Near the end of the poem it says, “These lines and howsoever thy be done, Ileave them as a father does his son (Pape).” Keats is referring to when he was a young boy and

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