Title: Selected Poetry (Oxford World's Classics)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: Used - Very Good
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA February 1999
0192834932 / 9780192834935
Seller ID: 118257
Light cover wear, solid binding, unmarked text.
An Eighth Day View:
This is an entirely new selection of Keats's finest poetry containing all his best known work as well as a sample of less familiar pieces. Keats published three volumes of poetry before his death at age twenty-five of tuberculosis and, while many of his contemporaries were prompt to recognize his greatness, snobbery and political hostility led the Tory press to vilify and patronize him as a "Cockney poet." Financial anxieties and the loss of those he loved most had tried him persistently, yet he dismissed the concept of life as a vale of tears and substituted the concept of a "vale of Soul-making." His poetry and his remarkable letters reveal a spirit of questing vitality and profound understanding and his final volume, which contains the great odes and the unfinished Hyperion, attests to an astonishing maturity of power.