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Keats' Background

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The Poetry of John Keats

In this course, Professor Jon Mee (University of York) explores the life and poetry of the great Romantic poet, John Keats. We begin by looking at Keats’ background, including his family, early education, and his career, before exploring Keats’ letters. After that, we turn to some of the figures of speech that are commonly found in Keats’ poetry, before thinking about some of Keats’ most famous poems, including: On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer, On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again, When I Have Fears That I may Cease to Be, Hyperion, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on Melancholy, and To Autumn.

Keats' Background

In this module, we think about Keats’ background, including the kind of family he came from, his early education, and his later career as a doctor. In particular, we think about his association with the Cockney School of poets and the impact this had on contemporary views of his poetry.

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Mee, J. (2018, August 15). The Poetry of John Keats - Keats' Background [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Prof. Jon Mee

Prof. Jon Mee

York University