John Keats

John Keats was an English poet and one of the most important of the Romantics. His work is often compared to Lord Byron’s and Percy Bysshe Shelley’s. Keats’ life was tragically short. He died at twenty-five of tuberculosis. Read more about John Keats.

Some of Keats’ most famous poems include Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art, A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever, and To Autumn.

A Song About Myself

‘A Song About Myself’ is a joyous poem in which a young boy travels, writes poetry, catches fish, and learns about himself and others. 

A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever

‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever’ is famous as the first book in John Keats’ epic, ‘Endymion.’ It is based on the tale of Endymion, whose beauty was of such joy to Selene that it immortalized him for the rest of his days.

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art

‘Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art’ is one of John Keats’ best-loved poems. It uses a star as an image of steadfastness in order to depict how true a lover’s heart is.

In drear-nighted December

‘In drear-nighted December’ by John Keats describes the way memories of happier and warmer times impact one’s emotions in the coldest hours of December.

La Belle Dame sans Merci

‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ is Keats’ life and emotions set into verse. It is a story of unrequited love, illness, and the impossibility of being with whom one cares for when they are from different social classes.

La Belle Dame sans Merci by John Keats Visual Representation

Ode on a Grecian Urn

‘Ode on a Grecian Urn,’ an ekphrastic poem, is one of John Keats’ “Great Odes of 1819”.
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all”, have you ever wondered how confident a poet can be to utter these memorable words?

Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats Visual Representation

Ode on Indolence

‘Ode on Indolence’ is one of the “Great Odes of 1819” written by the second-generation romantic poet John Keats. This poem centers on the concept of a speaker’s indolent thoughts.

Ode on Melancholy

‘Ode on Melancholy,’ while not amongst the most lauded of the Odes, is perhaps the most uplifting and hopeful of all of Keat’s Odes. Keats addresses the reader, a sufferer of Melancholy, and tells him not to worry.

Ode on Melancholy by John Keats Visual Representation

On Fame

In ‘On Fame’, John Keats illustrates the nature of fame and presents its poetic definition to the readers by using suitable metaphors.

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

‘On Seeing the Elgin Marbles’ by John Keats is a poem about mortality. The speaker observes the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum and is moved by their power. 

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles by John Keats Visual Representation

The Eve of St. Agnes

‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ by John Keats is a celebration of an idealized love between two beautiful and heroic characters. it’s written in Spenserian.

To Autumn

‘To Autumn’ is one of Keats’ most sensual, image-laden poems. It is a sumptuous description of the season of autumn.

When I have Fears that I may Cease to Be

John Keats, the poet of ‘When I have Fears that I may Cease to Be’, was obsessed with death. In a certain way, his obsession with death is not completely surprising at all.

You say you love; but with a voice

‘You say you love; but with a voice’ also known by the refrain, “O love me truly!” deals with a speaker’s physical passion for his beloved. It is believed to be John Keats’ earliest love poem.

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