John Keats Book Summary and Study Guide

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    John Keats was a second generation Romantic. In examining Keats' major poems people must take into account that his work served as a criticism toward the literature, sexuality, politics of the time he lived in. His feelings are reflected in his work, and although he was an optimistic humanist, he doubted the necessity of things like art and beauty.
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    John Keats was born on Halloween, October 31, 1795 in London, England. Keats' father died after suffering a fractured skull when Keats was only seven years old. His mother remarried, but soon left her new husband, and took her children to live with her mother. Keats' mother died from tuberculosis when he was 13 years old, leaving Keats and his siblings in the care of their grandmother.
    Keats developed a theory regarding poets which he called "The Negative Capability Theory". This theory states that truly great people, especially poets, possess the ability to accept the fact that not everything can be resolved. Another of Keats' theories was known as the "Mansion of Many Apartments", which stated that people were capable of different levels of thought. These "apartments" served as deeper levels of thought.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   writer Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   1600-1899

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   Italy Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   19th century

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   spiritual Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   significantly more descript than dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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