John Keats Poems
- A Thing Of Beauty (Endymion) A thing of beauty is a joy for ...
- Bright Star Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou ...
- When I Have Fears When I have fears that I may cease ...
- Ode To A Nightingale My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness ...
- Ode On A Grecian Urn Thou still unravish'd bride of ...
- Give Me Women, Wine, And Snuff GIVE me women, wine, and snuff...
- His Last Sonnet Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou ...
John Keats 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 work only having been in publication for four years before his death.
Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his life, his reputation grew after his death, so that 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 later poets and writers. Jorge Luis Borges stated that his first encounter with Keats was the most significant literary experience of his life.
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''Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.''John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Oct. 9, 1818. Letters of John Keats, no. 90, ed. Frederick Page (1954). Despite Shelley's assertion ...
I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religionI have shuddered at it. I shudder no moreI could be martyred for my religionLove is my religionI could die for tha...John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Oct. 13, 1819, to his fiancée Fanny Brawne. Letters of John Keats, no. 160, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
''Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?''John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Feb. 14-May 3, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana Keats. Letters of John Keats...
''It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.''John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Feb. 19, 1818. Letters of John Keats, no. 48, ed. Frederick Page (1954).
''You speak of Lord Byron and methere is this great difference between us. He describes what he seesI describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.''John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Sept. 17-27, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law George and Georgiana Keats. The Letters of John Keat...
A Thing Of Beauty (Endymion)
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its lovliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkn'd ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon, ...