John Keats Poetry Analysis

1075 Words5 Pages
instinctively reached out to people in need of help. His life was full of misery and trouble which had sharpened his feeling for common man. He was very sensitive on the score of his humble origin. His extreme sympathy for the common man made him see in every man of birth a sort of natural enemy. A man’s own upbringing and experiences played important role in cultivating his personality and feelings for other. Donoghue’s works provide this researcher with inkling into autobiographical compulsions for the expressions of sympathy with the common man in Keats’ poems, particularly the longer narratives. Donoghue writes, his longer poem Endymion, published at the end of April 1818 was dismissed, “Calm, settled, imperturbable driveling idiocy” called by anonymous reviewer. They charged Keats by saying that His Endymion was not a Greek shepherd, loved by a Grecian goddess. He was merely a young Cockney…show more content…
Robert Schnall writes in “Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography” that after eight years of John Keats’ death, his devoted lover Fanny Brawne wrote, "The kindest act would be to let him rest for ever in the obscurity to which circumstances have condemned him" (Schnall, 2009, p. 347). Keats composed most of his long-term work - The Eve of St. Agnes, La Belle Dame sans Merci, the six major odes, Lamia, and The Fall of Hyperion- just in six months. In his lifetime, the public was aggressive to his work, and only few people were interested to read his poetry. Percy Shelley advised him not to print his first his volume because his publisher finally dropped the book. Not only this, the critics in politically conservative journals criticized his second book, Endymion, largely because its author was the son of a livery stableman and was perceived to be underbred. Keats was worried about it so in 1818, he confidently wrote to his brother George that the criticisms of Endymion were "a mere matter of the moment" and that "I think I shall be among the English poets after my
Open Document