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The Poems of John Keats

A Routledge Study Guide and Sourcebook, 1st Edition

Edited by John Strachan


216 pages

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This sourcebook offers the ideal introduction to the work of John Keats, a central figure in English Romanticism and one of the most popular poets in the literary canon.

The sourcebook is arranged in four sections: Contexts, Interpretations, Key Poems and Further Reading. Each combines clear introductory passgaes with relevant reprinted documents. Key features include:

  • a chronology of Keats's life and excerpts from his letters
  • an overview of the criticism of his work, from early responses to important recent essays
  • excerpts from a range of critical texts, with explanatory headnotes
  • extensively annotated full texts or key passages from Keats's most widely studied poems
  • helpful recommendations for further reading.

Cross-referencing throughout the volume highlights the links between texts, contexts and reception, enabling even beginners to make original and informed readings of Keats's époque-changing work.

Table of Contents

Includes annotated full texts of:

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, The Eve of St. Agnes, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, To Sleep, Ode to Psyche, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on A Grecian Urn, Ode on Melancholy, To Autumn, as well as extracts from Endymion, Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil, Hyperion, Lamia, and The Fall of Hyperion.

About the Editor

John Strachan is Reader in Romantic Literature at the University of Sunderland. He has published widely on Romantic literature, including the five-volume edition of Parodies of the Romantic Age, co-edited with Graeme Stones (1999).

About the Series

Routledge Guides to Literature

Routledge Guides to Literature are clear introductions to authors and texts most frequently studied by undergraduate students of literature. Each book explores texts, contexts and criticism, highlighting the critical views and contextual factors that students must consider in advanced studies of literary works.
Each guide presents a variety of approaches and interpretations, encouraging readers to think critically about 'standard' views and to make independent readings of literary texts. Alongside general guides to texts and authors, the series includes 'sourcebooks', which incorporate extracts from key contextual and critical materials as well as annotated passages from the primary text.
Some books in this series were originally published in the Routledge Literary Sourcebook series, edited by Duncan Wu, or the Complete Critical Guide to English Literature series, edited by Richard Bradford and Jan Jedrzjewski.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POETRY / General