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John Keats (1795-1821) lived a short but productive life. His entire poetic career spanned little more than a decade, but in it he produced an exceptional array of poetry.


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John Keats (1795-1821) lived a short but productive life. His entire poetic career spanned little more than a decade, but in it he produced an exceptional array of poetry.

30 review for The Poetry of John Keats

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    I listened to this via audiobook, so I could hear it spoken. I know that I need more "poetry" in my prose, so I wanted to feel the meter, cadence, assonance, alliteration, etc without concentrating too much on what was being said. Yes, I know that may seem callous or utilitarian of me, but here's the thing. Poetry was my thing, now it's not my thing. So, I would stop reading this review right now, if I were you, because there's little to no value in my opinion on the matter. If you do continue, I listened to this via audiobook, so I could hear it spoken. I know that I need more "poetry" in my prose, so I wanted to feel the meter, cadence, assonance, alliteration, etc without concentrating too much on what was being said. Yes, I know that may seem callous or utilitarian of me, but here's the thing. Poetry was my thing, now it's not my thing. So, I would stop reading this review right now, if I were you, because there's little to no value in my opinion on the matter. If you do continue, take it with a bucket of salt. The Romantics, eh. It's hard for me to take much of this stuff seriously. I went through a Blake phase and I suppose Poe fits this category as well. Stuff like Keats never appealed to me even then. Too much of it sounds like fluff. Listening to this (btw, the audio engineer should have been fired for the wild discrepancies in volume between speaker too speaker and poem to poem), on the occasions when I couldn't help but notice the words, my mind wasn't terribly altered. There's some silly stuff here. HOWEVER, I did enjoy a little more of it this time than ever before. So there's a ringing endorsement for you! Words aside, this was just what I was looking for! Keats' manipulation of the music of language is impressive. It goes far beyond sing-song rhyme. He wrote in a way that forced you to keep reading. It's like getting into a canoe in the middle of a swift river. Paddling is unnecessary. The current will sweep you away!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Jørgensen

    føler keats var en seksuelt frustreret jomfru, der var "born in the wrong generation 🤘😔" (ikke 90'erne, men antikkens grækenland) føler keats var en seksuelt frustreret jomfru, der var "born in the wrong generation 🤘😔" (ikke 90'erne, men antikkens grækenland)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    I didn’t have high expectations for this because I’ve never been much impressed by the more famous of Keats’s poems, which are mostly shorter. I absolutely loved all the longer poems, though! Who am I? When did this happen? Keats was a great storyteller.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Irma-The Book&Coffee Addict

    Im not going to lie, sometimes I felt like crying as I read his poems. 😭

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sarah F

    Romantic poetry is my absolute favorite. Beautiful!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Renee M. P. T. Kray

    Such an incredible poet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kerri Beckman

    I simply don't get tired of John Keats's poetry. I've read many of his poems and I was thrilled when I picked this little book up (and for a bargain, too!). You can never go wrong with Keats. I simply don't get tired of John Keats's poetry. I've read many of his poems and I was thrilled when I picked this little book up (and for a bargain, too!). You can never go wrong with Keats.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adam Roll

    Reading this after reading Dan Simmons Hyperion cycle of space opera put Keats in a different light. The names for the books and imagery from within made for an interesting read. It is a beautiful edition and very well laid out. A must read for all aspiring poets and fans of the Hyperion books by Simmons.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily Brown

    I’ve never read John Keats, so this book was my first introduction to his works! I absolutely loved his view of nature and the simplicity and beauty in it. There were poems that I absolutely loved, and there were poems that didn’t super resonate with me (which I mean fair his poems are quite old).

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Cronin

    I think poetry collections just aren’t made for me. I wasn’t able to understand many of the poems, especially the longer ones. I just wanted a quick book to get through. I'm sure the book is great if you enjoy the genre; it just wasn’t for me. I think poetry collections just aren’t made for me. I wasn’t able to understand many of the poems, especially the longer ones. I just wanted a quick book to get through. I'm sure the book is great if you enjoy the genre; it just wasn’t for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I enjoy Keats, but probably more so in small snippets. The Romanic poetry style gets overwhelming quickly, with all of its emotional highs and lows, the allegory, and allusions to make sense of. The drama of it all exhausts the beauty of the language for me after a while.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. I adore Keats' poetry, and this was a beautiful collection of some of his most famous work. “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. I adore Keats' poetry, and this was a beautiful collection of some of his most famous work.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Nicolau

    He liked posies a lot.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Roles

    ‘Should Disappointment, parent of Despair, Strive for her son to seize my careless heart; When, like a cloud, he sits upon the air, Preparing on his spell-bound prey to dart.’

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    Took a six month hiatus, but finally got around to finishing this collection. I'm a Keats fan through and through, and not just because family lore says we're related somehow to Keats. Took a six month hiatus, but finally got around to finishing this collection. I'm a Keats fan through and through, and not just because family lore says we're related somehow to Keats.

  16. 5 out of 5

    William Harrington

    Archaic and difficult to understand.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jessie B.

    A decent collection

  18. 4 out of 5

    Manahil

    I have never been fond of poetry, particualry english poetry. Reading this book was an attempt to change that, unfortunately my emotions haven't budged. After countless hours of reading all kinds of poetry, and watching biograhies of Keats to better understand the lens through which he writes, I picked this book as an offical final attmpt to immerse myself in poetry. My problem with poetry is not in anyway related to the structure of poetry or even the idea of the poem, but really is rooted in t I have never been fond of poetry, particualry english poetry. Reading this book was an attempt to change that, unfortunately my emotions haven't budged. After countless hours of reading all kinds of poetry, and watching biograhies of Keats to better understand the lens through which he writes, I picked this book as an offical final attmpt to immerse myself in poetry. My problem with poetry is not in anyway related to the structure of poetry or even the idea of the poem, but really is rooted in the ultimate blandness, and two dimensionalism of the english language. This is the distinguishing fact between Urdu and English poetry, I do not read them often, but when I do the experience of reading Urdu poetry is exponentially more vibrant and involving. I blame the romantic undertones in Urdu, the blending of the Persian, Arabic, and Sanskrit accents that culminate to a peak of explosive emotion, seeded in every word. This is a power that English does not have. It cannot, fundamentally, set a scene in the mind nor can it spark a startling response after the utterance of a single word, and this in poetry, which concerns itself heavily with the economy of words, is what makes all the difference. So I can’t say that I hated the book, nor can I belittle Keats, because it isn’t his fault. He might be a master craftsman, but he doesn’t have the proper tools. No matter how brilliant his ideas are, when he writes them down they will inevitably loose their potency, not through any overt act of his, but because of the dun nature of the English language.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lizzi ☾ arsenic.and.old.books

    I absolutely love poetry, but it’s so difficult for me to find *good* poetry, or poetry that at least keeps me engaged. Keats' work thankfully made the positive list. I personally love how Keats’ poetry expresses the beauty of nature and finds joy even in the bleak and dark days of winter. This particular edition also includes poems that relay some of Keats’ dream sequences (a personal favorite!) as well as deep meditations and personal experiences that nearly had me in tears. Though a small few I absolutely love poetry, but it’s so difficult for me to find *good* poetry, or poetry that at least keeps me engaged. Keats' work thankfully made the positive list. I personally love how Keats’ poetry expresses the beauty of nature and finds joy even in the bleak and dark days of winter. This particular edition also includes poems that relay some of Keats’ dream sequences (a personal favorite!) as well as deep meditations and personal experiences that nearly had me in tears. Though a small few were a bit lackluster in my opinion, this short but powerful collection was still a definite pleasure to read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Isabel Steidele

  21. 5 out of 5

    Josie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Samuel Wayne Allen

  23. 5 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    ariana

  25. 4 out of 5

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  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobbie

  27. 5 out of 5

    S.G. Huerta

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Alexander

  29. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Björn Wästerlund

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