The Insight of Keats


One of the main figures of the Romantic movement, John Keats (1795 – 1821) only managed to get into publication four years before his death. His poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, but by the end of the 19th century, he had not only become one of the most beloved of all English poets, but had had a significant influence. Keats’ poetry is characterised by sensuality, typical of romantic poets: natural imagery was a way of expressing deep emotion. Poems and letters by Keats are now frequently analysed. Here is a section of quotes from them.

'There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.’

'My love is selfish. I cannot breathe without you.'

'Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter'

'My imagination is a monastery, and I am its monk’

'Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?'

'We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author.'

'I almost wish we were butterflies and liv'd but three summer days - three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain.'

'The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind

about nothing -- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.’

'Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.'