Why was John Keats known as a lover of beauty?

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In two of his poems, Keats makes declarations about beauty that have become famous. Endymion begins with "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." In "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Keats ends with the famous lines:

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."
The entire first stanza of Endymion is a tribute to the enduring power of beauty. The narrator says that beauty will never pass away and that it will forever remain a solace and pleasure to him.
In "Ode on a Grecian Urn," the narrator becomes so enraptured with the beautiful scene he sees on an urn that he wishes he could become part of it. He longs for an immortal world where it would forever be spring, the people forever young, and the villagers forever happily heading to a festival. In the third stanza, he reaches a crescendo of emotion as he calls the scene he gazes at "happy" many times over. He is unabashed in his joy as he imaginatively enters the world of art.
In "Ode to Autumn," Keats doesn't use the word beauty, but his piling on of sensual images speaks to his delight in natural beauty. His odes are known for their beautiful imagery: Keats, like other Romantic poets, enjoyed depicting the beautiful in words.
Keats died young of tuberculosis and found much solace amid his pain by dwelling on the beautiful and composing memorable verses about it. As the author of so much sensuous poetry celebrating beauty, Keats has become identified with it.
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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.

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