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Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters

Book rating: 05 Paperback Vintage Classics

By (author) John Keats, Introduction by Jane Campion

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 200mm x 38mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099529653
  • ISBN 13: 9780099529651
  • Sales rank: 30,343

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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY DIRECTOR JANE CAMPION John Keats died in penury and relative obscurity in 1821, aged only 25. He is now seen as one of the greatest English poets and a genius of the Romantic age. This collection, which contains all his most memorable works and a selection of his letters, is a feast for the senses, displaying Keats' gift for gorgeous imagery and sensuous language, his passionate devotion to beauty, as well as some of the most moving love poetry ever written.

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John Keats was born in London in 1795. He trained as a surgeon and apothecary but quickly abandoned this profession for poetry. His first volume of poetry was published in 1817, soon after he had begun an influential friendship with the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. His first collection and the subsequent long poem Endymion recieved mixed reviews, and sales were poor. In late 1818 he moved to Hampstead where he met and fell deeply in love with his neighbour Fanny Brawne. During the following year Keats wrote some of his most famous works, including 'The Eve of St. Agnes', 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'La Belle Dame sans Merci'. He was however increasingly plagued by ill-health and financial troubles, which led him to break off his engagement to Fanny. Soon after the publication of Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems in 1820, Keats left England for Italy in the hope that the climate would improve his health. But Keats was by this time suffering from advanced tuberculosis, and he died on February 23rd 1821. On his request, Keats' tombstone reads only 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water'.

Customer reviews

By bill slattery 02 May 2013 5

Love this edition.His poetry is sublime and Jane Campion's introduction says it all!!

By Luis Lucas 16 Mar 2010 5

A beautiful book, both for the inside and the outside. A different way of presenting Keats, through the eyes of someone who has fallen in love with his poetry, and his love story. Definitely worth the price.

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"Littered with sensuous descriptions of nature's beauty, Keats's odes also pose profound philosophical questions" Sunday Telegraph "Sublime" Sunday Times "In what we call natural magic, he ranks with Shakespeare...no-one else in English poetry has...his perception of loveliness" Matthew Arnold "One of the half-dozen greatest English writers" Edmund Wilson "His letters are certainly the most notable and most important ever written by any English poet" T.S. Eliot