English Romantic poet (1795–1821)
John Keats was an English poet of the second generation of Romantic poets, with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. His poems had been in publication for less than four years when he died of tuberculosis at the age of 25. They were indifferently received in his lifetime, but his fame grew rapidly after his death. By the end of the century, he was placed in the canon of English literature, strongly influencing many writers of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; the Encyclopædia Britannica of 1888 called one ode "one of the final masterpieces". Jorge Luis Borges named his first encounter with Keats an experience he felt all his life. Keats had a style "heavily loaded with sensualities", notably in the series of odes. Typically of the Romantics, he accentuated extreme emotion through natural imagery. Today his poems and letters remain among the most popular and analysed in English literature – in particular "Ode to a Nightingale", "Ode on a Grecian Urn", "Sleep and Poetry" and the sonnet "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer".
John Keats Quotes
The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases it will never pass into nothingness.
There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.
You speak of Lord Byron and me there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.
Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.
My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
Love is my religion - I could die for it.
I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.
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