How do YOU read Keats?

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How to read Keats!

Postby ibsilly954 » Tue Oct 31, 2006 3:44 am

Wow, I just wanted to say I like the way you write, AhDistinctly. Your word choice is very eloquent! Anyway, reading about John Keats will help you find allusions to his own life in his odes, sonnets, etc. His life is pretty interesting what with is hopeless romanticism in relation to his love, Fanny and his tragic death in the arms of his best friend. It's crazy dramatic! I think reading his poetry in chronological order would help you to see how Keats's develops over the course of his career as a poet. It'll help you see threads of the same allusions and stuff.

Hope this helps!

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Re: How to read Keats!

Postby AhDistinctly » Wed Nov 01, 2006 9:01 pm

ibsilly954 wrote:Wow, I just wanted to say I like the way you write, AhDistinctly. Your word choice is very eloquent!

Wow! :shock: Thanks, ibsilly954! :oops: And welcome.

ibsilly954 wrote:Anyway, reading about John Keats will help you find allusions to his own life in his odes, sonnets, etc. His life is pretty interesting what with is hopeless romanticism in relation to his love, Fanny and his tragic death in the arms of his best friend. It's crazy dramatic! I think reading his poetry in chronological order would help you to see how Keats's develops over the course of his career as a poet. It'll help you see threads of the same allusions and stuff.

Hope this helps!

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I've spent quite some time with Keats these past few months. Truly, my emotions are not captured quite in the same way that they are for other members of this forum. I'm afraid I'd rather laugh knowingly with Aristophanes (politics really hasn’t changed much since his time!) or marvel at the agility of sightless Milton’s mind (imagine trying to write that poem of yours without a pen, paper, or word processor!). I’ve discovered that my greatest interest in him has come from my study of those who are devoted to him. I believe that anyone who wishes to be a writer of any merit must discover for themselves what attracts the human soul. Keats “got it,” and that is from where my desire to understand him arises.
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Postby keats_is_cool » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:26 am

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Postby Saturn » Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:29 am

Ladies and gentleman we have a neurosurgeon amongst us :roll:
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Postby Saturn » Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:20 am

Okay maybe I was a bit harsh with what I said above, but posting a sarcastic comment like that is not ideal for endearing yourself to anybody on your first post mate.

If you're just here to troll don't bother - no-one's interested.

I won't stand for that.
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Postby AhDistinctly » Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:30 pm

Thanks, Saturn!
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Postby Saturn » Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:37 pm

Either I've scared him off or he was just some kid trying to be clever :roll:
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Re: How do YOU read Keats?

Postby Raphael » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:45 pm

I realised I was reading the poems too fast- so reading them slowly allows me to savour each line and enjoy it more..

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The flipping library only gives me hour slots so some times I don't get the time to write more in depth. I was trying to say that when reading poems to annotate for studies I have tended to read them (quite fast as in reading a novel) in a rhythm of a line or two stop make a note..
But reading for pleasure is kind of different..I have found the poems need to be read at a slow pace to feel the sensations, see the images..the poems are coming alive and I'm being taken right into the landscapes ..they are so evocative.
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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