Introduction to Poetry. Professor Dan Moss recommends John Keats

John Keats, Selected Poems (ISBN: 0140424474)

Keats certainly earned his reputation for high Romantic morbidity by cultivating an affected melancholy and by perishing at only 26… But he had his lighter side, too: The Eve of Saint Agnes recalls the chivalrous tales of the medieval period and Renaissance, shrouded in the atmosphere of Gothic romance, and Isabella, or the Pot of Basil translates an outrageous and diverting story of love and murder from Boccaccio’s Decameron. Both are easily readable in one evening, and offer relief from the somewhat gloomier sonnets and odes, but you’ll want to read those as well. Especially the odes—five of the finest poems in the language.

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