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10 thoughts on “Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St.Agnes and Other Poems (Penguin Classics: Poetry First Editions)

  1. says:

    I m not smart and or patient enough for early 19th century poetry Hyperion , a lengthy, detailed, overdramatic poem about the Titans fall, nearly killed me.


  2. says:

    I frequently hear of a seperation between the Romantics and the pre Romantics as having a lot to do with their engagement with classical ideas Whereas many of the pre Romantic or proto Romantic poets found classical themes inescapable, poets like Coleridge and Wordsworth rejected them and instead engaged with new material, often based on folk tales or their own observation of common people.John Keats is not a part of this trend Almost every one of Keats poems is steeped in the classical world His longer poems engage with ancient stories and legends, and his shorter poems, whilst often emotional, rely heavily on classical imagery I find it a little strange that Keats relies on the Ancient Greek world quite so heavily mainly because Keats himself couldn t read Greek.The shorter poems in this collection are some of the finest ever composed in English Keats odes are a cultural touchstone that are impossible to escape from in the study of English poetry I m particularly fond of the Ode on Melancholy and the Ode on a Grecian Urn although all of the odes are worth reading even if they are the only Keats that one ever reads Keats performs astoundingly well in this short form, and is able to create sincere emotional images that linger in the mind.The only real weakness of this collection is in the longer poems Keats was certainly very accomplished in the longer form, but the form itself has lost its place in modern society The longer poems are a form of entertainment than an emotional platform, and retellings of classical myth in verse form simply don t resonate with readers the way they once did I ll close off this review with my favourite poem by Keats, On First Looking into Chapman s Homer a poem that ironically isn t included in the collection I m reviewing It is however tonally similar, and unlike the poems in this collection, brief enough to include in its entirety at the end of a Goodreads review It s a marvellous piece of writing, and really shows the engagement and appreciation Keats had of classical myth and legend, as well as his ability to create a potent sense of atmosphere Much have I travell d in the realms of gold,And many goodly states and kingdoms seen Round many western islands have I beenWhich bards in fealty to Apollo hold.Oft of one wide expanse had I been toldThat deep brow d Homer ruled as his demesne Yet did I never breathe its pure sereneTill I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold Then felt I like some watcher of the skiesWhen a new planet swims into his ken Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyesHe star d at the Pacific and all his menLook d at each other with a wild surmise Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


  3. says:

    Always looked at Keats as one of the exemplary figures of small r romanticism as contrasted with the capital R Romanticism of Melville and Blake Which is to say that his strengths are musical and personal, less philosophical He had as good a sense of the music of vowels as anyone who ever wrote you can hear that in The Eve of St Agnes and the great odes Nightingale, Psyche, Melancholy, Grecian Urn Still not a favorite, but I m glad I revisited.


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    3.4


  5. says:

    Did they know back in 1819 they were purchasing and delighting in what is essentially Keats s greatest hits How great would it be to go to a bookshop and pick up a volume of poetry containing The Lamia, St Isabella, Hyperion, and some of the greatest odes of all time for a few pence Ridiculous Ridiculously awesome I can t add anything of significance to the history of criticism on these poetic marvels I had never read a few of these things before, though, so it was good to finally experience the mysterious bizarreness of The Lamia beyond what Peter Gabriel sings about her in The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Reading these great odes again outside of the classroom was a treat one I of course could do often, owning this collection, but something that never seems to happen enough, to my shame I ve had students rail against the insouciant beauty of Grecian Urn, but you have to let that go I probably didn t get it back then, either Melancholy is quickly rising up my hit parade, despite its obvious despondency Keats is in pristine form here, with this collection If one didn t have access to the entire collected works which, sadly, is not enough, despite his impressive fecundity in his moribund years , this collection would be the one to get though I don t know too many places that would sell this alone, anyway This is poetry at its finest, regardless of time or culture or any other irrelevant qualifier.


  6. says:

    Keats is, pound for pound, the greatest poet in English literature.


  7. says:

    I read this book of poems when I was at Sixth form, and loved the darkness of the poems Lamia has to be one of my favourites, it like a short story than an actual poem.


  8. says:

    Read a few of his other poems but I don t remember which ones specifically except The Eve of St Agnes 3 8 07