This authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Keats's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by a generous selection of Keats's letters - to give the essence of his work and thinking.In his tragically short life Keats wrote anThis authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Keats's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by a generous selection of Keats's letters - to give the essence of his work and thinking.In his tragically short life Keats wrote an astonishing number of superb poems; his stature as one of the foremost poets of the Romantic movement remains unassailable. This volume contains all the poetry published during his lifetime, including Endymion in its entirety, the Odes, "Lamia", and both versions of "Hyperion." The poetry is presented in chronological order , illustrating the staggering speed with which Keats's work matured. Further insight into his creative process is given by reproducing, in their original form, a number of poems that were published posthumously.Keats's letters are admired almost as much as his poetry and were described by T. S. Eliot as "certainly the most notable and most important ever written by any English poet." They provide the best biographical detail available and shed invaluable light on Keats's poems.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more....
|Title||:||The Major Works: Including Endymion, the Odes and Selected Letters|
|Number of Pages||:||704 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Major Works: Including Endymion, the Odes and Selected Letters Reviews
1.In thy western halls of goldWhen thou sittest in thy state,Bards, that erst sublimely toldHeroic deeds, and sang of fate,With fervour seize their adamantine lyres,Whose chords are solid rays, and twinkle radiant fires.2.Here Homer with his nervous armsStrikes the twanging harp of war,And even the western splendour warms,While the trumpets sound afar:But, what creates the most intense surprise,His soul looks out through renovated eyes.3.Then, through thy Temple wide, melodious swellsThe sweet majestic tone of Maro's lyre:The soul delighted on each accent dwells,--Enraptur'd dwells,--not daring to respire,The while he tells of grief around a funeral pyre.4.'Tis awful silence then again;Expectant stand the spheres;Breathless the laurell'd peers,Nor move, till ends the lofty strain,Nor move till Milton's tuneful thunders cease,And leave once more the ravish'd heavens in peace.5.Thou biddest Shakespeare wave his hand,And quickly forward springThe Passions--a terrific band--And each vibrates the stringThat with its tyrant temper best accords,While from their Master's lips pour forth the inspiring words.6.A silver trumpet Spenser blows,And, as its martial notes to silence flee,From a virgin chorus flowsA hymn in praise of spotless Chastity.'Tis still! Wild warblings from the Aeolian lyreEnchantment softly breathe, and tremblingly expire.7.Next thy Tasso's ardent numbersFloat along the pleased air,Calling youth from idle slumbers,Rousing them from Pleasure's lair:--Then o'er the strings his fingers gently move,And melt the soul to pity and to love.8.But when Thou joinest with the Nine,And all the powers of song combine,We listen here on earth:Thy dying tones that fill the air,And charm the ear of evening fair,From thee, great God of Bards, receive their heavenly birth.
I'm a third way through this... currently reading the long poem Endymion, 8 lines at a time. I was not an English major, always thought the Romantics would be tough going, but I'm surprised at how readable Keats is, line by line, and just how lovely these poems are, even the 100 page Endymion--you read and then you come across a line that just takes the wind out of you... And I don't mind cheating at all--I think if I hadn't read up on the poem, I wouldn't know WHAT the hell it was about--a youth's love for the MOON! OHHhh, okay. Lots of personifying of natural phenomena in mythological figures--his feeling for nature is intense and personal and passionate. Not one scrap of irony anywhere--what a breath of sweet air. And anybody who appreciates the music of language--it's like stumbling upon Mozart and finally giving him a chance.
This book is a great read!
I've never been much of a fan of Keats. His poetry seems a little bloodless to me.
Read the Odes and Letters only.
Aesthetic, mesmerising, fantabulous, literally an opiate for me at times. I can't describe him in words, just read his works and find words for him.
mostly, i'm interested in reading Endymion... but i've never read Keats, so the more the better, eh?
Completely in love with 'Ode to a Nightingale' - beautiful, just beautiful.
A brilliant collection of Keats's most beautiful works and most moving letters. I can't rave enough about how much I love Keats, so I'll just let you read for yourself.