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Please comment upon John Keats' poetic style and his sensuousness.

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Posted December 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM via web

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Please comment upon John Keats' poetic style and his sensuousness.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted December 14, 2010 at 9:24 PM (Answer #1)

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The  poetry of John Keats actually comprises two 'styles' the earlier and the later. When we talk about 'later' with this poet however, it is astonishing to remember that we never got to see the full benefit of his maturity as a poet as he died shockingly young at only twenty five. Nevertheless, the style of his poetry was already beginning to take shape, and develop from it's early Cockney style - the time period we will think about here.

Keats' early poetry style was not much admired - it was thought too  sensitive, sensuous, without depth and simplistic. Later his style would become more political  and would postulate theories about poetic imagination and "negative capability". From a juvenile naivete, his poetry developed apace, hastening from the colloquial Cockney style to his more profound pieces like Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion,  later odes; and ideas about women. Endymion from 1818 displays the development of poetic maturity yet still shows  use of colloquialisms, and his sensuous style.

 

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