Endymion

Endymion

by John Keats

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Book Excerpt: ceive our humble Pæan,Upon thy Mount Lycean!Even while they brought the burden to a close,A shout from the whole multitude arose,That lingered in the air like dying rollsOf abrupt thunder, when Ionian shoals 310 Of dolphins bob their noses through the brine.Meantime, on shady levels, mossy fine,Young companies nimbly began dancingTo the swift treble pipe, and humming string.Aye, those fair living forms swam heavenlyTo tunes forgotten--out of memory:Fair creatures! whose young childrens' children bredThermopylæ its heroes--not yet dead,But in old marbles ever beautiful.High genitors, unconscious did they cull 320 Time's sweet first-fruits--they danc'd to weariness,And then in quiet circles did they pressThe hillock turf, and caught the latter endOf some strange history, potent to sendA young mind from its bodily tenement.Or they might watch the quoit-pitchers, intentOn either side; pitying the sadRead More

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783752317831
Publisher: Outlook Verlag
Publication date: 07/20/2020
Pages: 108
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.26(d)

About the Author

John Keats (31 October 1795 - 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his works having been in publication for only four years before his death from tuberculosis at the age of 25.
Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, his reputation grew after his death, and by the end of the 19th century, he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He had a significant influence on a diverse range of poets and writers. Jorge Luis Borges stated that his first encounter with Keats' work was the most significant literary experience of his life.[2]
The poetry of Keats is characterised by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. This is typical of romantic poets, as they aimed to accentuate extreme emotion through an emphasis on natural imagery. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popular and most analysed in English literature. Some of the most acclaimed works of Keats are "Ode to a Nightingale", "Sleep and Poetry", and the famous sonnet "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer"
John Keats was born in Moorgate, London, on 31 October 1795 to Thomas Keats and his wife, Frances Jennings. There is little evidence of his exact birthplace. Although Keats and his family seem to have marked his birthday on 29 October, baptism records give the date as the 31st.[3][4] He was the eldest of four surviving children; his younger siblings were George (1797-1841), Thomas (1799-1818), and Frances Mary "Fanny" (1803-1889) who eventually married Spanish author Valentín Llanos Gutiérrez.[5] Another son was lost in infancy. His father first worked as a hostler[6] at the stables attached to the Swan and Hoop Inn, an establishment he later managed, and where the growing family lived for some years. Keats believed that he was born at the inn, a birthplace of humble origins, but there is no evidence to support his belief.[4] The Globe pub now occupies the site (2012), a few yards from the modern-day Moorgate station.[7] He was baptised at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate, and sent to a local dame school as a child.

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