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Unformatted text preview: Everything You Need to Know About JOHN KEATS and more Keats Background Info: 1795-1821 Father was head stableman at a London livery stable- He married the owners wife and inherited the business. Keats was the first born of his brothers and sister. He was sent to Reverend john Clarks private school at Enfield just before his father died. (He was 8 years old) Mentor was Charles Codwin Clarke (A writer and editor) Keats guardian pulled him out of school at 15 and put him into an apprenticeship with a surgeon/apothecary. (Thomas Hammond) Studied medicine at Guys Hospital and became qualified as an apothecary- surgeon but turned it down for poetry Began writing poetry when he was 18 Keats did not find great success until 1819 when his health was deteriorating and he was unwillingly in love with Fanny Brawne. o Keats great poetic works are characterized by: slow-paced gracious movement. Evocation of all sensory imagery Tactile (touch) Kinetic (having to do with thought) Gustatory (smell) Visceral (taste) Visual (sight) Auditory (Sound) o Entanglement of opposites (ie. Melancholy and Delite, Pleasure and Pain, Intensity of Love and Death) Letters are characterized by reflections on conflicts revealed in his poem Died in Rome in 1821 after a series of hemorrhages Ode on Indolence Summary 1 st stanza: Keats describes a vision he has had of 3 men in placid sandals and in white robes graced Everything You Need to Know About JOHN KEATS and more Upon further reading of the first stanza one finds that Keats is in actuality describing characters on an urn; when the last figure passes by the first reappears, just as it would happen if one turned a vase 2 nd stanza: The speaker directly addresses the figures asking questions How is it shadows that I knew ye not? How came ye muffled in so hush a masque?Why did ye not melt, and leave my sense unhuanted quite of all but---nothingness? 3 rd stanza: The urn continues to rotate, for the third time The speaker comes to find out that the three characters on the urn are of familiar countenance => The first was a fair maid, and Love her name; => The second was Ambition, pale of cheek. => The last whom I love more, the more of blame/Is heapd upon her, maiden most unmeek,--/I knew to be my demon Poesy. 4 th stanza: The speaker aches to follow the three when they disappear in the fourth stanza but dismisses the urge as folly What is Love? And where is it?/And for that poor Ambition---it springs/From a What is Love?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENGL 121 taught by Professor Martinez during the Spring '08 term at UNC.
- Spring '08
- Paradise Lost