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Life of John Keats   By: (1829-1919)

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LIFE OF JOHN KEATS.

BY

WILLIAM MICHAEL ROSSETTI.

LONDON WALTER SCOTT 24 WARWICK LANE, PATERNOSTER ROW

1887

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CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. PAGE

Keats's grandfather Jennings; his father and mother; Keats born in London, October 31, 1795; his brothers and sister; goes to the school of John Clarke at Enfield, and is tutored by Charles Cowden Clarke; death of his parents; is apprenticed to a surgeon, Hammond; leaves Hammond, and studies surgery; reads Spenser, and takes to poetry; his literary acquaintances Leigh Hunt, Haydon, J. Hamilton Reynolds, Dilke, &c.; Keats's first volume, "Poems," 1817 11

CHAPTER II.

Keats begins "Endymion," May 1817; his health suffers in Oxford; finishes "Endymion" in November; his friend, Charles Armitage Brown; his brother George marries and emigrates to America; Keats and Brown make a walking tour in Scotland and Ireland; returns to Hampstead, owing to a sore throat; death of his brother Tom; his description of Miss Cox ("Charmian"), and of Miss Brawne, with whom he falls in love; a difference with Haydon; visits Winchester; George Keats returns for a short while from America, but goes away again without doing anything to relieve John Keats from straits in money matters. 23

CHAPTER III.

Keats's consumptive illness begins, February 1820; he rallies, but has a relapse in June; he stays with Leigh Hunt, and leaves him suddenly; publication of his last volume, "Lamia" &c.; returns to Hampstead before starting for Italy; his love letters to Miss Brawne extracts; Haydon's last sight of him; he sails for Italy with Joseph Severn; letter to Brown; Naples and Rome; extracts from Severn's letters; Keats dies in Rome, February 23, 1821. 40

CHAPTER IV.

Keats rhymes in infancy; his first writings, the "Imitation of Spenser," and some sonnets; not precocious as a poet; his sonnet on Chapman's Homer; contents of his first volume, "Poems," 1817; Hunt's first sight of his poems in MS.; "Sleep and Poetry," extract regarding poetry of the Pope school, &c.; the publishers, Messrs. Ollier, give up the volume as a failure. 64

CHAPTER V.

"Endymion"; Keats's classical predilections; extract (from "I stood tiptoe" &c.) about Diana and Endymion; details as to the composition of "Endymion," 1817; preface to the poem; the critique in The Quarterly Review ; attack in Blackwood's Magazine ; question whether Keats broke down under hostile criticism; evidence on this subject in his own letters, and by Shelley, Lord Houghton, Haydon, Byron, Hunt, George Keats, Cowden Clarke, Severn; conclusion. 73

CHAPTER VI.

Poems included in the "Lamia" volume, 1820; "Isabella"; "The Eve of St. Agnes"; "Hyperion"; "Lamia"; five odes; other poems sonnet on "The Nile"; "The Eve of St. Mark," "Otho the Great," "La Belle Dame sans Merci," "The Cap and Bells," final sonnet, &c.; prose writings. 107

CHAPTER VII.

Keats's grave in Rome; projects of Brown and others for writing his Life; his brother George, and his sister, Mrs. Llanos; Miss Brawne; discussion as to Hunt's friendship to Keats; other friends Bailey, Haydon, Shelley. 118

CHAPTER VIII.

Keats's appearance; portraits; difficulties in estimating his character; his poetic ambition, and feeling on subjects of historical or public interest; his intensity of thought; moral tone; question as to his strength of character Haydon's opinion; demeanour among friends; studious resolves; suspicious tendency; his feeling toward women poem quoted; love of flowers and music; politics; irritation against Leigh Hunt; his letters; antagonism to science; remarks on contemporary writers; axioms on poetry; self analysis as to his perceptions as a poet; feelings as to painting; sense of humour, punning, &c... Continue reading book >>




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