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.
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).