Why was Keats known as a lover of beauty?

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John Keats was a renowned Romantic poet. This fact alone speaks to his love of beauty, but not in the way which most people regarded the beautiful. Many people look at beauty as something illustrated in physical attributes and man-made art. Keats, instead, looked to the art created by the earth--natural art--natural beauty.

For Keats, nature held a very important part in life. Nature was to be appreciated, examined, and used to explain the unexplainable in life. By examining nature, one could find the beauty in life.

For example, in his poem "A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever," Keats raises up nature. The following lines prove his love of nature and the way which he uses nature to see the beauty in things.

A flowery band to bind us to earth.

Such the sun, the moon, / Trees old, and young, sprouting a shady boon / For simple sheep; and such are daffodils / With the green world they live in;

Throughout many of Keats' poetry nature is highlighted as being the center point of the text. For Keats' beauty existed in nature and is found only by those who would look for it in nature. Keats loved beauty--the beauty of nature. His poems simply supported this.