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John Keats : A tribute

Updated on March 5, 2014


The auspicious moment on English land.

The birth of Keats,

whose beauty, myths, nature are debtor,

brought some pleasure and joys.

His childhood scouted no notion

of the poetry to which he lent motion.

The sorrows like the companions

accompanied through out his life.

And merries a foe!

never pitiful to spare him.

The portrait of John Keats

A painting of John Keats.
A painting of John Keats. | Source

His short age of just 25 years,

brought the pillars of romanticism,

greater are those who`re great

inspite of a little life.

The world envisioned the beautious myth

that`s the craft which he gave.

of course! more value of love

greater than pilgrimage.

Surgeon`s apprentice the physical direction,

but the blood was poetry.

John Keats

Signature !
Signature ! | Source

To make a great soul,

the circumstances are the master.

That was revival in his life too,

inspired by Spencer, Chapman and others,

bestow`d himself on the literature.

Perhaps what he produced that`s not the valour,

just in few years comes the maturity,

not on the present world,

but the crossed ages and periods,

which would never dwell again.

Life mask of Keats

 A life mask of Keats made in 1816 by Benjamin Haydon.
A life mask of Keats made in 1816 by Benjamin Haydon. | Source

Propounder of Escapism, worker too,

crossed zenith, suspected as Hellas,

not the English which he was!

influenced by the aphrodite and her gender,

had affairs at the youth`s dawn.

Must confess what the loss suffer`d,

when the world lost his life.

But his small amount,

sufficiently blowing his talent,

an ideal and lord for the poets

will immortally inspire generations.

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Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Keats ! An inspiration

Since I have written this poem hence for me I think the Keats to be greatest English poet. His poetry is full of charm and sensuousness. The greatest thing that I like of him is the respect he had for the beauty. He was a worshiper of Beauty and dedicated his life to express his feelings and there one finds his expressions are no less than literary Jewels. The hellenism he developed in himself provided a great relief to him. He escaped from the present and wrote what is nearly impossible on a conscious level. As Wordsworth rightly puts it, "Poetry-- Spontaneous overflow of thoughts."

Initially training himself to be a surgeon apprentice but later he moved to poetry. He has written lines which deeply penetrate the human conscience. His best lines ,quoted as follows, are from Endymion :-

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep

A bower quiet for us, and a sleep

Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

He has vividly described how a shepherd boy fells in love with moon goddess. This is considered to be the best piece he ever wrote. He had started writing Hyperion but left it unfinished. He is best known for his odes : "Ode to a nightingale","Ode on a Grecian urn", "Ode to Autumn" etc. He seriously began to write in 1814 and continued till 1820 when tuberculosis over took him and he was unable to write. One another famous line comes from "Ode on a Grecian urn" as follows:

"'Beauty is truth, truth beauty' – that is all

you know on earth, and all ye need to know"

His later poems such as "The eve of st. Agnes" clearly show the stark influence miss Fanny Brawne. He once said she had completely absorbed him and he was ready to die for her. He conveyed his thoughts to Fanny Brawne through his letters. None of the letters from Fanny Brawn to him survive today. Knowing his end was near, he in February 1820, wrote to Fanny Brawne , "I have left no immortal work behind me – nothing to make my friends proud of my memory – but I have lov'd the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remember'd."


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