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. 

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.

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.

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 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.

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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