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31 octombrie 2012

Literary Birthday - John Keats, 31 October

Happy Birthday, John Keats, born 31 October 1795, died 23 February 1821
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases;
It will never
Pass into nothingness.
The Eight Best John Keats Quotes
  1. But I being poor, have only my dreams. I lay them at your feet…Tread softly; for you tread on my dreams.
  2. The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
  3. I want a brighter word than bright.
  4. We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author.
  5. Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
  6. If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.
  7. You speak of Lord Byron and me; there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.
  8. If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.
John Keats, who died at the age of twenty-five, was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
He published only fifty-four poems but took on the sonnet, the Spenserian romance, and the Miltonic epic. He redefined their possibilities with his energy, conflicting perspectives and forces, poetic self-consciousness, and dry ironic wit. He took the English ode to its most perfect definition. 

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