John Keats

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John Keats (/ˈkiːts/ 31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work having been in publication for only four years before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, his reputation grew after his death, and by the end of the 19th century, he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He had a significant influence on a diverse range of poets and writers. Jorge Luis Borges stated that his first encounter with Keats's work was the most significant literary experience of his life. The poetry of Keats is characterised by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. This is typical of romantic poets, as they aimed to accentuate extreme emotion through the emphas... More

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John Keats #Art

Photo of John Keats The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.
John Keats #Beauty

Photo of John Keats Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
John Keats #Beauty #Imagination #Truth

Photo of John Keats What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
John Keats #Death

Photo of John Keats I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your loveliness and the hour of my death. O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute.
John Keats #Death #Great

Photo of John Keats Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever.
John Keats #Failure

Photo of John Keats There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.
John Keats #Great

Photo of John Keats You speak of Lord Byron and me there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.
John Keats #Imagination #Romantic #Truth

Photo of John Keats I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.
John Keats #Imagination

Photo of John Keats My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
John Keats #Intelligence

Photo of John Keats Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
John Keats #Love #Religion

Photo of John Keats Love is my religion - I could die for it.
John Keats #Beauty #Truth

Photo of John Keats 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
John Keats #Love #Men #Religion

Photo of John Keats I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion - I have shuddered at it. I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion - Love is my religion - I could die for that.
John Keats #Music

Photo of John Keats There is nothing stable in the world uproar's your only music.
John Keats #Nature #Poetry

Photo of John Keats The poetry of the earth is never dead.
John Keats #Nature

Photo of John Keats Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.
John Keats #Nature

Photo of John Keats There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify - so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
John Keats #Poetry

Photo of John Keats Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
John Keats #Valentine's Day

Photo of John Keats Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.
John Keats #Love

Photo of John Keats I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for nothing else.
John Keats #Poetry

Photo of John Keats Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
John Keats #Poetry

Photo of John Keats Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
John Keats #Wisdom

Photo of John Keats I will give you a definition of a proud man: he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled with hatreds cannot be vain, neither can he be wise.
John Keats #Beauty

Photo of John Keats With a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration.
John Keats #Beauty

Photo of John Keats A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases it will never pass into nothingness.