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John Keats by John Blades
Book DescriptionThe poems of John Keats have never ceased to fascinate and he is now justly celebrated as one of the greatest English poets, his verse rewarding the reader with a wealth of musical riches and highly evocative settings. Keats is also revered as a great thinker in verse and, accordingly, this comprehensive guide to his poetry and letters offers a highly readable and detailed textual analysis of the themes and techniques of his work. John Blades's stimulating in-depth study assesses the whole span of Keats's short career; from the early lyrical experiments, through the great epics, to the brilliant odes of 1819, and the haunting medieval narratives. Drawing on the comments of Keats's associates, Blades puts forward some challenging insights into the poet's methods and theory of poetry. The author goes on to examine the context of the verse through a clearly documented survey of Keats's letters - which highlight the trials and obstacles he faced, his attitude to the turmoil of his period, and above all his great passion for life - and an exploration of the key features of nineteenth century Romanticism. Concluding with a discussion of the work of four literary critics and their influential responses to Keats's work, this lively and sensitive guide is essential reading for anyone with an interest in a young poet who was very much in accord with the revolutionary currents of his time.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333948941
(222mm x 145mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 12-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Blades
Shakespeare: The Histories, Paperback (October 2013)
This essential study takes a fresh look at four of Shakespeare's major History plays. Part I uses carefully selected short extracts for close textual analysis, while Part II examines the historical and literary contexts and key criticism. The volume is an ideal introductory guide for those who are studying the Histories for the first time.
Shakespeare, Paperback (August 2007)
The first part of this timely introduction adopts a thematic approach to the Sonnets, guiding students through detailed textual analyses. Part 2 provides a clear critical and contextual framework for interpreting the poems, examining the development and characteristics of sonnet form and concluding with a survey of the Sonnets' critical history.
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Paperback (September 2004)
Detailed analysis of the poems is closely grounded in the historical and literary contexts in which "Lyrical Ballads" was first conceived and realized. John Blades traces the history of the work over the two centuries since first publication.
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This guide to the poetry and letters of John Keats offers a detailed textual analysis of the themes and techniques of his work. Blades assesses all the major writing, examines the context of the verse through a survey of the poet's letters and examines the key features of 19th century Romanticism.
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Author Biography - John Blades
JOHN BLADES has lectured in English Literature at the universities of Leeds and Durham. His publications include critical studies of James Joyce.
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