John Keats as a
Paper V: The Romantic Literature
Student’s Name: Kaushal Desai
Class: M.A. English
Roll No. : XIV
Submitted To: Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji
• John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an
English Romantic poet.
• He was one of the key figures in the second generation of the
• The poetry of Keats is characterized by sensual imagery.
• Keats as the supreme lover of beauty says, “ A thing of
beauty is joy forever ”.
John Keats foremost Themes
What makes John Keats a Romantic poet
• “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.” (“Ode on a Grecian Urn”, Line:
• Keats’ cynicism about his life and his impending doom was
seldom of his work. Though he was depressed about death,
he wrote with a strong appreciation of life, love and beauty.
• In a letter to his lover Fanny Brawne, Keats writes, “I have
two luxuries to brood over in my walks, your Loveliness and
the hour of my death… I hate the world: it batters too much
the wrings of my self-will, and would I could take a sweet
poison from your lips to send me out of it.” (1818)
• Nature vs. Culture is the number one rule of Romanticism.
• Keats was heavily influenced by ancient mythology; texts by
• Death, sorrow, love and nature are signature trails of Romanticism.
• Lyric and transcendent, that which is beyond human understanding.
• Creation of Art and role of poet.
Foremost work of John Keats
• “A Thing of Beauty (Endymion)”
• “Bright Star”
• “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”
• “Ode On A Grecian Urn”
• “Ode To A Nightingale”
• “To Autumn”
Quotes of John Keats
“Here lies one whose name was writ in water.”
“I love you the more in that I believe you had liked me for my own sake and for
“Love is my religion – I could die for it.”
“ I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth
“Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.”