Keats' Poems and Letters

Narcicist element in John Keats Poetry

John keats poetry is bias toward female. He imposes patriarchal domination over female, that is clearly reflected in his poetry

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Keats was certainly ambivalent about women. He was unsure about how they wanted to be treated; how he should treat them; he wasn't even quite sure if it wouldn't be best to have nothing to do with them at all...they got in the way of 'poesy' (Sounds familiar). But there can be no doubt that his life and work benefited from his relationship with a woman (Fanny Brawne, as I'm sure you know). Like us all, he struggled with the opposite sex but I think he genuinely wanted to have positive relationships with them and many of the negative images of women in his poetry ("La Belle Dame...and Lamia") may have been manifestations of him trying to work it all out. Don't be too hard on him. Look at his "Odes" and "Bright Star" then all can be forgiven.

You are right dorn. If you read Keats's 'Odes', any artistic, sensitive to nature or aesthetic person is sure to fall in love with his poems.The 'imagination', the 'creativity' is unquestionably incomporable; and to think of it all this invaluable piece of work he was able to engineer in his early 20's, positively make him one of the greatest 'Romantics' . If you get to read his sonnet 'when I have fears that I may cease to be' you can appreciate his 'sensitiveness' towards life, his fear for 'lingering death' abruptly putting a stop to his immense resourcefulness. I genuinely think you can't weigh Keats in the balance of his supposedly discrimination towards fairer sex; he was beyond all this. Most of us don't even start our life with full stream ahead, when he started to write his beautiful poetry and if were alive for a longer time , would have been, without doubt be in the bracket as 'Shakespeare' or 'Milton' as desired by him.

Fervent admirer of Keats

John Keats's literary career amounted to just three and a half years. It began in July 1816 after he passed the apothecaries' examination at Guy's Hospital and lasted until late 1819.

Keats wrote 150 poems, but those upon which his reputation rests were written in the span of nine months, from January to September 1819. This intense flowering of talent remains unparalleled in literary history.

Keats published three books of verse in his lifetime. The first volume, Poems, was published by C and J Ollier in March 1817. It was dedicated to Leigh Hunt and contained thirty-one works, including 'Sleep and Poetry' and 'On first looking into Chapman's Homer'. His second volume, Endymion, was published by Taylor and Hessey in April 1818. It was savagely reviewed and sold poorly. His third volume, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes, and Other Poems, was published by Taylor and Hessey in June 1820. It contained thirteen works, including the great odes of 1819 (though not the 'Ode on Indolence') and 'Hyperion'.