This comprehensive guide to the poetry and letters of John Keats offers a highly readable and detailed textual analysis of the themes and techniques of his work. Blades assesses all the major writing - including the narratives and the great odes - and goes on to examine the context of the verse through a survey of the poet's letters and an examination of the key features of nineteenth century Romanticism. This lively and imaginative study concludes with a discussion of some of the most influential critical responses to Keats's work.
About the Author
JOHN BLADES has lectured in English Literature at the universities of Leeds and Durham. His publications include critical studies of James Joyce.
Table of ContentsGeneral Editor's Preface.- Introduction.- Principal Events in John Keats's Life.- PART ONE: ANALYSING KEATS'S POETRY .- 'Standing on tip-toe': Keats's Early Verse.- The 'beautiful mythology of Greece': Endymion and Lamia.- The Two Hyperions: 'a more naked and grecian Manner'.- The Major Odes.- Three Medieval Love Stories.- PART TWO: THE CONTEXT AND THE CRITICS.- Keats's Letters.- Keats and Nineteenth Century Romanticism.- Some Critical Approaches to Keats's Writings.- Further Reading.- Index.
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An excellently clear, comprehensive and lucidly argued introduction to Keats' poems that students will find very helpful as a supplementary source. A helpful series.' – Simon Malpas, Manchester Metropolitan University