Keats was a well known poet of the English romantic period, and despite his death at the tender age of 25, is one of the most widely read authors of the era.
The Complete Poetical Works and Letters of John Keats contains all of John Keats published poetry as well as an extensive selection of personal letters written by the author. The book opens with a brief biographical sketch written by editor Horace E. Scudder. From there, this book is all Keats'. The poems are presented chronologically according to the date they were written, and are loosely organized into the categories of early poems, the poems of 1818-1819, and supplementary verse. In all, more than 100 poems written by Keats are included. The section of personal letters is even more extensive, featuring more than 200 letters, also authored by Keats. These letters vary in tone and content, but help the reader to form their own biographical sketch of the man.
The real highlight of The Complete Poetical Works and Letters of John Keats is of course the author's poetry. John Keats was preternaturally gifted in the art of verse, and it is astonishing that he was able to compose such beautiful lines at such a young age. His odes are some of the most powerful poetry ever written by an English poet, and have stood the test of time well. Indeed, read today, these poems feel as fresh as the day they were written.
The Complete Poetical Works and Letters of John Keats is a standout book for one reason – the wonderful poems of John Keats. Those who are unfamiliar with the poet owe it to themselves to read his work, and those who are fans of Mr. Keats will relish the opportunity to add his work to their collection.