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I need help getting started to write an essay on the life and works of Romantic poet John Keats, with views of critics.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 17, 2011 at 5:00 AM (Answer #1)

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First of all, I cannot write your paper for you, but I am sure you know that. However, I can give you some ideas of things you might want to cover in your paper, and direct you to some links here at eNotes.

According to Columbia Electronic Encylopedia, John Keats is considered a second-generation Romantic poet. The other two famous and enormously talented second-generation Romantic poets are Percy B. Shelley and Lord Byron. In your paper you might want to provide some details on what the Romantic poets actually were: their writings were not necessarily "romantic" as we think of the word, though they did write about love. However, there are many more characteristics to the works of the Romantic writers, nature being a predominate one. This is something you might want to include. A link to a discussion of the characteristics of Romantic writing is:

http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/rom.html

John Keats lived a very short life. In fact, of the three second-generation Romantic poets, he was the youngest to die, though all of them were dead before the age of forty. (See links below for biographical information.)

You might also add the fact that the English Romantic movement inspired a similar movement in the United States a number of years later.

There is quite a bit of information available at eNotes about Keats and his work. A critical survey of his poetry is found at this link:

http://www.enotes.com/john-keats-salem/john-keats

Biographical information can be found at two eNotes links. Both are listed as "reference links" below.

Keats wrote quite a bit in his short life. One poem for which he is very well-known is "Ode to a Nightingale." A link for information for this poem can be found at eNotes, at the following link:

http://www.enotes.com/ode-nightingale-salem/ode-nightingale

Another eNotes link on literary criticisms of Keats' works is found at the following link:

http://www.enotes.com/nineteenth-century-criticism/keats-john

When you look for information regarding Keats' works, you can search eNotes for other students' question on a particular poem. For instance, if you go to the following link, you will see, at the bottom of the page, a group of questions already answered by eNotes editors, and resource material available on the eNotes site. This will not only provide you with information and other source links, but may give you additional ideas about other aspects of Keats' life or works that you may want to include in your paper. The following link shows a list of questions askedand source material available regarding "Ode to a Nightingale:"

http://www.enotes.com/ode-nightingale/q-and-a

Hope this helps get you started. Good luck with the paper!!

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