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Write an appreciation of 'The Eve of St. Agnes' as a narrative, Romantic poem… John Keats.

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English Coursework (for JSA) Final Draft - Tom McKay 10En2 S37 (Mr. Caden) Write an appreciation of 'The Eve of St. Agnes' as a narrative, Romantic poem... John Keats John Keats (1795-1821), who was one of the most gifted and appealing of the 19th century English poets and an influential figure of the Romantic Movement, wrote this poem. Keats was born in London, on the 31st of October 1795. He was educated in Enfield, and at the age of 15 was apprenticed to a surgeon. Later, from 1814 to 1816, Keats studied medicine in London hospitals, and in 1816 he became a licensed druggist, but chose to become a poet instead of practising this profession. His first published poems (in 1816) were the sonnets "Oh, Solitude if I with Thee Must Dwell" ad "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer." Both poems appeared in the Examiner, a literary publication edited by the essayist and poet Leigh Hunt, one of the champions of the Romantic Movement in English literature. ...read more.


In 1820, Keats discovered that he was ill with tuberculosis after coughing blood into his handkerchief. This affliction may have been aggravated by the emotional strain of his attachment to Fanny Brawne, a young woman with who he had fallen passionately in love. Nevertheless, the period from 1818 to 1820 was one of great creativity. In July 1820, the third (and best) of his books of poetry, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems, was published. The three title poems, dealing with mythical and legendary themes of ancient, medieval, and Renaissance times, are rich in imagery and phrasing. The book also contains the unfinished poem "Hyperion," containing some of Keats's finest work, the lyric masterpiece "To Autumn" and three odes considered among the finest ever written in the English language, "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode on Melancholy," and "Ode to a Nightingale." In the autumn of 1820, under his doctor's orders to seek a warm climate for the winter, Keats went to Rome. ...read more.


* Coleridge (1772-1834) * Byron (1778-1824) * Shelley (1792-1822) * Keats (1795-1821) These poets rebelled against the established mode of thought, in all it's divisions, be they social, moral, political or religious. In a time when formal society took precedence, and rigid class structures and rules were commonplace, to discover nonconformists who did not want to comply with the correct r�les in society was shocking! The Romantic period came after the age of scientific discovery, and after the age of reason, and the content of the new poetry, which attempted to alter, or even defy reality, was a brave new notion. The Romantic Movement grew from the revolutionary period of history, when the people spearheading the French Revolution make a dangerous bid for freedom and liberty from tyranny. Therefore, people began to question the accepted normality, and this gave common people their dignity. Traits of romantic poetry are the uses of individual, emotional responses, rather that rational responses to things. These radical poets chose not to accept conventional views, and decided to use many different components to create this revolutionary new style of poetry. These components are listed below... ...read more.

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