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John Keats' poems are a major part of the second wave of English Romantic poetry. They portray settings loaded with symbolism and sensuality, and draw heavily on Greek and Roman myth along with romanticised tales of chivalry. Keats died in 1821 at the young age of 25, having written the majority of his work in less than four years. While not appreciated during his lifetime, he has gone on to become one of the most loved of the Romantic poets, and has provided inspiration to authors as diverse as Oscar Wilde, Wilfred Owen and Neil Gaiman.
This collection includes among others early work such as "On Death," the six odes written in 1819, his two epics Hyperion and Endymion, and "To Autumn," now widely considered to be one of the best English short poems. Keats' works are presented here in chronological order, and include the poems published in his lifetime and other unfinished fragments and posthumous verse.
The Greek god Hermes descends from Olympus in search of an invisible nymph. He sees a snake who speaks with the voice of a woman named Lamia. She tells Hermes, that her spirit is trapped in this snake's body. She offers Hermes to help him find the nymph if he uses his divine powers to turn her into a human again. Lamia herself is searching for a charming young man named Lycius.
Who is the nymph that Hermes is looking for? Why is she so special to him? Why is Lamia trapped into the snake's body? Will Hermes agree to the deal and restore Lamia's normal human appearance? Will she find the attractive Lycius?
Find all the answers in John Keats' poem "Lamia", published in 1820.
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John Keats (1795 - 1821) was an English poet. Besides his writing passion, he was a medical student at Guy's Hospital. During his short life, John devoted himself to the development of poetry by focusing on the vivid imagery and expressing philosophy through verse. Some of his most popular works are "Sleep and Poetry", "Ode to a Nightingale" and "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer", which is his most famous sonnet.
'Poems of 1820' is a great reminder that some achieve greatness at an early age.
John Keats was 24 when this collection of poems was published and it is wild, ecstatic, sensuous and thrilling.
In classic Romantic style, he uses Greek mythology and pagan imagery in his poetry and veers from explosive short poems to sprawling epics.
Both - and much more in-between - appear in this collection, which is a poignant reminder of what the literary world missed when he died at the age of 25.
This is ideal reading for fans of the poets Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
John Keats (1795-1821) was one of a remarkable generation of Romantic poets, alongside Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
He died of tuberculosis at the age of 25, having experienced little more than indifference towards his work.
His reputation grew rapidly after his death, with experts including his work in the canon of English literature.
His style was heavily sensual and he used natural imagery to express extreme emotion.
Among his more famous poems are 'Ode to a Nightingale', 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' and 'Sleep and Poetry.
Mort de tuberculose à vingt-cinq ans, John Keats eut une carrière poétique d'une fulgurante brièveté, suffisamment intense pour faire de lui un des poètes romantiques anglais les plus importants de sa génération. Nourries de la perte d'un amour premier dont Keats ne put jamais faire le deuil, ses écritures se placent sous le soleil noir de la Mélancolie, que la prescience de la mort exacerbe jusqu'à toucher au sublime. Une immense richesse symbolique transparaît sous la lumière de ses accents intemporels.