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by Andrew Motion

ePub Keats download
Author:
Andrew Motion
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978-0571172276
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Faber Faber Ltd; 1st ed. edition (February 1, 1998)
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Andrew Motion made extensive use of primary documents, including the fascinating letters of John Keats, to explore the personal, social, economic, and political context in which Keats created his remarkable poetry.

Andrew Motion made extensive use of primary documents, including the fascinating letters of John Keats, to explore the personal, social, economic, and political context in which Keats created his remarkable poetry. Andrew Motion's work will undoubtedly serve as essential critical reference work for English majors. However, this highly detailed approach does make this biography rather formidable.

Motion has given us a new Keats, one Andrew Motion's dramatic narration of Keats's life is the first in a generation to take a fresh look at this great English Romantic poet. Unlike previous biographers, Motion pays close attention to the social and political worlds Keats inhabited. Motion has given us a new Keats, one who is skinned alive, a genius who wrote in a single month all the poems we cherish, a victim who was tormented by the best doctors of the ag. .

Andrew Motion's dramatic narration of Keats's life is the first in a generation to take a fresh look at this great English Romantic poet.

Sir Andrew Motion FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist, and biographer, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009

Sir Andrew Motion FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist, and biographer, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. During the period of his laureateship, Motion founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work. In 2012, he became President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, taking over from Bill Bryson.

The first two generations of Romantic poets lived through a time of extraordinary upheaval. The majority of poets writing through this period reflect these changes in their work. The young Wordsworth and Coleridge are deeply involved in the life of their times; Blake is a fiery radical – an outsider attacking the status quo. Shelley and Byron, for all the privileges of their birth, become critical exiles.

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What Andrew Motion brings to bear on the subject is a deep understanding of how Keats fitted into the intellectual and political life of his time

What Andrew Motion brings to bear on the subject is a deep understanding of how Keats fitted into the intellectual and political life of his time. Important friendships with such anti-establishment figures as William Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt are given their full due, and the closeness of his own spirit, as expressed in his poems, to the ferment all around is made clear. Many significant new facts about Keats's schooldays and medical training, in particular, enrich the picture. Keats emerges as a more political figure than he is usually portrayed, but his personal sufferings, too, come into.

First published in 1997, Keats was the first major biography of this tragic hero of Romanticism for some thirty years, and it differs from its predecessors in important respects. The outline of the story is well known - has become, in fact, the stuff of legend: the archetypal life of the tortured genius, critically spurned and dying young. What Andrew Motion brings to bear on the subject is a deep understanding of how Keats fitted into the intellectual and political life of his time.

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The outline of the story of John Keats's life is well known: the archetypal life of the Romantic genius, critically spurned and dying young. This biography aims to enrich the facts with an understanding of how Keats fitted into the intellectual and political life of his time. It includes detailed examination of significant friendships with anti-establishment figures such as Hazlitt and Hunt, and the closeness of Keats's own spirit to the ferment all around, as expressed in his poems. The book also presents information about his schooldays and medical training.
  • Poets are the best editors in the world, especially when it is done right, hence John Keats. If you love the language of Keat’s emotions, you will love Andrew Motion’s translation of the person Keat’s. A book to be read many times over, and kept as a fine treasure.

  • Well written and complete, Motion's Biography brings Keats to life by detailing his background, friends, and the political discourse of the time. It was thoroughly enjoyable to read.

  • I skimmed it and find it comprehensive and well written.

  • COMPLETE, SAD AND SPIRITUAL.

  • I read this book twice, many years apart, and enjoyed it each time. His walking tours, his sickness, his hopeless love and his final desperate voyage to Italy are all carefully narrated. How unfortunate that his most devoted friend could not accompany him to Rome, being away on a trip when Keats hurriedly left England. That friend, Charles Armitage Brown, remained faithful to his memory and was instrumental in preserving, even rescuing, many of Keats' masterpieces.

    This book is not a light and superficial read. Instead it tells in great detail the story of a pitifully short life full of sadness and disappointment and of desperation as his disease closed in upon him, made so much more harrowing by the poverty he could never escape.

    How fitting that the poet's gravesite near Rome is remembered as one of infinite pathos.

  • I'm not a quick reader but finished this biography (which, in hardcopy, weighs a few pounds...) in no time -- a testament to Andrew Motion's ability to create multidimensional characters and vivid imagery to portray Keats, his entourage and surroundings. I knew next to nothing of the poet's life beyond his poetry when picking up this book and was left with a thorough understanding of the events (personal, political and historical) that prompted Keats' poems, his upbringing and family background, as well as some of his inner struggles and insecurities. Motion spends equal time delving into Keats's poems as he does into political events of the time that shed a new light on his poetry. He also goes to great lengths to reconstruct the environment Keats experience as a surgical student, which later serves to explain certain poetic imagery in his written work. Keats was also a skillful letter writers and Motions uses many of these personal letters between Keats and his brothers, as well as artist friends, to create a understanding of Keats as a person, as well as the artistic process behind his poetry. If I'd have to fault this biography for anything, then it would be for its abundance of detail in some areas that may not be of interest for anyone but the most avid fan and scholars of Keats' life (think a page-long description of the family background of an inn-keeper with minimal importance the larger storyline). But those sections are easy to skip without loosing anything of the "plot".

    I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in biographies and certainly anyone wishing to learn more about Keats.

  • Andrew Motion made extensive use of primary documents, including the fascinating letters of John Keats, to explore the personal, social, economic, and political context in which Keats created his remarkable poetry. This biography of John Keats ranks among the most carefully researched, best documented, and most detailed available. Andrew Motion's work will undoubtedly serve as essential critical reference work for English majors.

    However, this highly detailed approach does make this biography rather formidable. I occasionally found myself lost in the details, searching for some path that would lead me closer to Keats' poetry. This is a long biography, almost 600 pages. I enjoyed those sections most in which Motion examined influences on particular poetry by Keats. In retrospect, I should have browsed some chapters, and even skipped some sections, rather than persistently read every page.

    I have subsequently read a shorter biographical analysis by Stuart Sperry, titled Keats the Poet (Princeton University Press, 1973) that is better suited for a reader that desires to focus more closely on Keats' poetry, rather than upon details of Keats' personal life. The chapters have titles like The Allegory of Endymion, The First Hyperion, and From The Eve of St. Mark to La Belle Dame sans Merci, clearly illustrating the close alignment between biographical study and poetic interpretation.

  • Considering how short the life of John Keats was, it still amazes me that his biographers are able to create such weighty tomes. Andrew Motion's take on Keats, while long, is very through and readable. Motion argues that Keats, if not overtly political as say Shelley, was a poet who did care about the world of power and politics and was not content with poems on nature, the role of the artist etc. It's an interesting argument and Motion makes a strong case. The chief weakness of the book is Motion's habit of straying a bit too far from Keats and focusing on his friends and acquaintances. Now in some cases that is fine (his take on Haydon on Hunt and their influence on Keats is superb) but the reader can be forgiven if he wants to skip paragraphs and even pages on friends and acquaintances of Keats who did little to shape his life or his work. If not quite up to the magnificent biography of Keats by Bates, Motion's book is very good and, with his different take on the tragic poet, useful, even needed.