The Complete Poems and Selected Letters
'O soft embalmer of the still midnight,/ Shutting, with careful fingers and benign,/ Our gloom-pleas'd eyes, embower'd from the light, / Enshaded in forgetfulness divine' John Keats, 'Ode to Sleep'
John Keats died in penury and relative obscurity in 1821, aged only 26. He is now seen as one of the greatest English poets and a genius of the Romantic age. This collection, which contains all his most memorable works and a selection of his letters, is a feast for the senses, displaying Keats' gift for gorgeous imagery and sensuous language, his passionate devotion to beauty, as well as some of the most moving love poetry ever written.
“In what we call natural magic, he ranks with Shakespeare...no-one else in English poetry has...his perception of loveliness”
“One of the half-dozen greatest English writers”
“His letters are certainly the most notable and most important ever written by any English poet”
“Astounding, contemporary-seeming brilliance and deep wisdom about writers and writing”
Andrew Motion on Keats' letters
“Littered with sensuous descriptions of nature's beauty, Keats's odes also pose profound philosophical questions”