The Sick Beat Of John Keats

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The Sick Beats of John Keats

Table of Contents
Introduction………………………………………………………….page 3
Early Life 1975-1810………………………………………………..page 4 The Path of the Surgeon or the Path of the Poet…………………….page 5
Endings and New Beginnings ……………………………………....page 6
Golden Year of Poetry………………………………………………page 7 The Final Countdown……………………………………………….page 9
Legacy and Impact…………………………………………………..page 10
End Notes……………………………………………………………page 11
Bibliography…………………………………………………………page 12

Introduction “What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth- whether it existed before or not- for I have the same idea or all our Passions as of Love they are all in their sublime, creative of essential Beauty”- John Keats (DiYanni, Authenticity, p.
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Keats is the oldest with one sister, Fanny and Brothers George and Tom. At eight years old John Keats enters the liberal Enfield Academy, run by John Clarke. The night of April 15, 1804 John’s father was seriously injured by his horse and he died the next day. Within two months his mother Frances moved the children to her mother’s house and married William Rawlings which ended badly. Frances then abandoned them but returned in 1808 ill. She died from tuberculosis in 1809. At school Keats becomes closer to the headmaster John Clarke and his son Cowden. At this school where Keats love of literature really begins. In 1810 Keats’s grandmother is in charge of the four orphaned …show more content…
Agnes, a reflection of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. “Meantime, across the moors, / Had come young Poryphyro, with heart on fire/ For Madeline. Beside the portal doors, Buttressed from moonlight, stands he, and implores/ All saints to give him sight of Madeline” (DiYanni, Eve,p. 1135). Poryphyro and Madeline are star crossed lovers. Poryphyro intrudes upon the grounds of Madeline’s family just to see her. They escape from reality into the abstract dreamland. Keats has just recently fallen in love with Fanny and now he writes a poem centered on the forbidden love of a young couple. In The Eve of St. Agnes develops the concept of freezes in time. Poryphyro and Madeline become as immortalized in the poem as the actual legend of St. Agnes.2 F. Scott Fitzgerald describes this poem in a letter to his daughter Scottie as having “the richest, most sensuous imagery in English, not excepting Shakespeare” (Turnbull, Fitzgerald, p.

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