ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

(1795-1821)


John Keats was the son of a livery stableman in London; he studied at Enfield School, where he met his lifelong friend, John Cowden Clark. Orphaned at fifteen, he was apprenticed to a surgeon (1815-16). Leigh Hunt published his first poem in the Examiner in 1816, and introduced Keats to Shelley and John Hamilton Reynolds. While Keats's first volumes met with a decidedly mixed reception, his stature as a poet was already rising by the time of his early death in Italy, where he had traveled to mitigate the effects of consumption.


TEXT RECORDS:

1814 ca.Imitation of Spenser.
1815Ode to Apollo.
1815To George Felton Mathew.
1816On first looking into Chapman's Homer.
1817Calidore. A Fragment.
1817Sleep and Poetry.
1817Specimen of an Induction to a Poem.
1817To Charles Cowden Clarke.
1817To Hope.
1817To my Brother George.
1817To [Mary Frogley].
1817Written on the Day that Mr. Leigh Hunt left Prison.
1817[I stood tip-toe upon a little Hill.]
1818Endymion. Book I.
1818Endymion. Book II.
1818Endymion. Book III.
1818Endymion. Book IV.
1818 ca.[Untitled, "Spenser! a jealous honourer of thine."]
1819Ode on Indolence.
1819The Cap and Bells; or, the Jealousies, a Faery Tale. Unfinished.
1819[Stanzas to Charles Armitage Brown.]
1820La Belle Dame sans Merci. A Ballad.
1820Lamia.
1820The Eve of St. Agnes.
1820[Written at the close of Canto II, Book V, of The Faerie Queene.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems. 1817.
Endymion: a poetic romance. 1818.
Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St Agnes and other poems. 1820.
Poetical works of Coleridge, Shelley, and Keats. 1829.
Poetical works. 1840.
Life, letters, and literary remains, ed. R. M. Milnes. 2 vols, 1848.
Complete works of John Keats, ed. H. Buxton Forman. 1900.
Poetical works, ed. H. W. Garrod. 1939, 1958.
The letters of John Keats, ed. H. E. Rollins. 2 vols, 1958.
Poems, ed. Jack Stillinger. 1978.