Essays on John Keats

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John Keats was a British romantic poet who lived a very short life at the turn of the 18th century.  Dying of tuberculosis at the age of 26, Keats had only been writing seriously for about six years, and yet he left behind a wealth of beautiful poetry.  Before writing an essay on John Keats, read reliable sources on Keats such as biographies and criticisms of his works.  When reading biographies of Keats, keep an anthology of Keats' work on hand so that quick reference can be made to poems as they are mentioned in the biographies.  Writing essays on John Keats or any poet involves carefully analyzing a poet's work as it relates to the things that were going on in his life at the time.  To see how other students have accomplished this task, read works on other poets such as essays on Robert Frost, essays on Langston Hughes, and essays on Sylvia Plath, as well as other papers on John Keats from writemypaperbro website.

Since Keats lived such a very short life, it may be possible for an essay on John Keats to cover his entire life in the essay.  However, it may be more desirable for the essay on John Keats to focus on one or two poems that relate to a single episode or period in the poet's life.  For example, Keats made a gift of his poem "Bright Star" to Fanny Brawne for whom he apparently had deep feelings, even though his poor financial prospects precluded their ever getting married.  Essays on John Keats may show that as Keats neared the end of his life, suffering with the terrible effects of tuberculosis and obsessing over his ill-fated love affair, his turmoil evidenced itself in anguished poetry such as "La Belle Dame sans Merci".

Other approaches to essays on John Keats may involve examinations of Keats' style or how he was influenced by classical literature or by his contemporaries and friends such as Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.  If your instructor approves, you may choose to compare the life and poetry of Keats and one of his contemporaries in your essay on John Keats.



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