Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters [NOOK Book]



John Keats died in penury and relative obscurity in 1821, aged only 25. He is now seen as one of the greatest English poets and a genius of the Romantic age. This collection, which ...

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John Keats died in penury and relative obscurity in 1821, aged only 25. He is now seen as one of the greatest English poets and a genius of the Romantic age. This collection, which contains all his most memorable works and a selection of his letters, is a feast for the senses, displaying Keats' gift for gorgeous imagery and sensuous language, his passionate devotion to beauty, as well as some of the most moving love poetry ever written.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781409076636
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 410,060
  • File size: 462 KB

Meet the Author

John Keats was born in London in 1795. He trained as a surgeon and apothecary but quickly abandoned this profession for poetry. His first volume of poetry was published in 1817, soon after he had begun an influential friendship with the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. His first collection and the subsequent long poem Endymion recieved mixed reviews, and sales were poor. In late 1818 he moved to Hampstead where he met and fell deeply in love with his neighbour Fanny Brawne. During the following year Keats wrote some of his most famous works, including 'The Eve of St. Agnes', 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'La Belle Dame sans Merci'. He was however increasingly plagued by ill-health and financial troubles, which led him to break off his engagement to Fanny. Soon after the publication of Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems in 1820, Keats left England for Italy in the hope that the climate would improve his health. But Keats was by this time suffering from advanced tuberculosis, and he died on February 23rd 1821. On his request, Keats' tombstone reads only 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'.

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Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Note on the Text xvii
Chronology xix
Lines Written on 29 May The Anniversary of the Restoration of Charles II 1
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer 1
To my Brothers 2
Addressed to [Haydon] 2
'I stood tip-toe upon a little hill' 3
Sleep and Poetry 10
Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition 22
To Kosciusko 22
'After dark vapours have oppressed our plains' 23
To Leigh Hunt, Esq. 23
On the Sea 24
'The Gothic looks solemn' 25
Endymion: A Poetic Romance 26
Preface 26
Book I 27
Book II (extracts) 55
Book III (extracts) 67
Book IV (extracts) 79
Nebuchadnezzar's Dream 87
To Mrs Reynolds's Cat 88
On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again 88
'When I have fears that I may cease to be' 89
To--('Time's sea hath been five years at its slow ebb') 89
'O thou whose face hath felt the Winter's wind' 90
To J. H. Reynolds, Esq. 91
Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil 94
On Visiting the Tomb of Burns 111
A Song about Myself 112
From Fragment of the 'Castle Builder' 115
'And what is love? It is a doll dressed up' 116
Hyperion. A Fragment 117
The Eve of St Agnes 142
The Eve of St Mark 154
'Why did I laugh tonight? ...' 158
Character of Charles Brown 159
A Dream, after reading Dante's Episode of Paolo and Francesca 160
La Belle Dame sans Merci. A Ballad 160
To Sleep 162
'If by dull rhymes our English must be chained' 163
Ode to Psyche 163
On Fame (I) 165
On Fame (II) 166
'Two or three posies' 166
Ode on a Grecian Urn 167
Ode to a Nightingale 169
Ode on Melancholy 172
Ode on Indolence 173
Lamia 175
Part I175
Part II186
'Bright star! would I were steadfast as thou art' 195
'Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes' 196
To Autumn 197
The Fall of Hyperion. A Dream 198
Canto I198
Canto II211
'What can I do to drive away' 213
'This living hand, now warm and capable' 215
'In after-time, a sage of mickle lore' 215
Notes 216
Index of First Lines 232
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

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    Brilliant and romantic poet

    Keats is one of my favorite poets. His poems draw you in. Very rich with description and feeling.

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