From beginning to end keatss is a life densely

This preview shows page 6 - 8 out of 8 pages.

such importance of these friends. “From beginning to end, Keats's is a life densely crowded and textured with friends and friendships, deeply shaped by them and resonant with their voices. He was profoundly reflective about the nature of friendship, and just as profoundly aware of its importance.” Sharp claimed that as his life became closer to his death, Keats became closer with his friends, and in turn, he produced his best writing (Sharp 1). Another critic, Andrew Motion, has claimed that Keats could have rivaled Shakespeare in his work, had it not been for his lack of education, and constant suffering in his life. “John Keats's short life holds the elements of a wonderful story-an apprentice apothecary who could rival Shakespeare but is held back by the lack of a gentlemanly education, the financial muddle of his family and the vitriolic prejudices of reviewers” (Motion 2). Motion believed that most of the influence of his poetry came from the tragic events in childhood; he had lost his mother and father while he was still a teenager. Motion stated, “Keats-a man intensely seeking to understand and feel his own suffering, self-contradiction, anxiety, sadness and ironic consciousness of defeat” (Motion 2-3). John Keats’ poetry has stood the test of time because his work is different in many senses than other Romantic poets. Most Romantic poets fled into an abstract world, while Keats always referred to real life. During the 19 th century, this was against the public opinion and he was just seen as another Romantic poet. However, now it is clear that real meaning of Keats’ poems was linked with the fact that he tried to face his personal problems rather than typical Romantic literature, which evaded reality. Even at first, Keats himself did not believe his work would live on, saying in one of his letters,
Kusy 7 “Here lies one whose name was writ on water,” but it was not until after his death that most of his work became illustrious by the public. In today’s society, Keats poems are thought and read across the globe. Many of the themes and paradoxes he wrote about in his works are still present in many of today’s writers and poets. The topics of live versus death and mortal versus immortal are some of the most prominent topics written about in the world. John Keats, although he suffered a life full of tragedy, losing six relatives by age 15 and eventually dieing at age 26, his poetry continues to live today, still causing topics of discussion and conversation around the globe.
Kusy 8 Works Cited Motion, Andrew. “Keats.” ProQuest K-12 . ProQuest, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2010. <? QueryName=criticism&ResultsID=125D86FCDB1&forAuthor=0&ItemNumber= 64>. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” John Keats . N.p., 12 Feb. 2009. Web. 26 Jan. 2010. <;. “Ode on a Grecian Urn.” John Keats: Table of Contents . N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2010. <;. “Ode to a Nightingale.” John Keats: Table of Contents . N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2010. <;. Sharp, Ronald A. “Keats and Friendship.” ProQuest K-12 . ProQuest, n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2010. <?

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture