American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Keats, John 1795-1821. British poet. His works, melodic and rich in classical imagery, include "The Eve of St. Agnes,” "Ode on a Grecian Urn,” and "To Autumn” (all 1819).
- n. A patronymic surname from a Middle English byname meaning "a kite (bird)".
- n. John Keats, English poet.
- n. Englishman and romantic poet (1795-1821)
“Chapmans fine paraphrase was put before Keats by his friend C.C. Clarke, and they sat up together till daylight to read it: Keats shouting with delight as some passage of especial energy struck his imagination.”
“While we do not get his detailed thoughts on his own poetry or aesthetics as we do in Keats's and Coleridge's letters, we nevertheless gain insight into his private reflections and inner feelings — his enthusiasms as well as his anxieties.”
“And in Keats 'mind it is particularly connected with the question of justifying good and trusting to it in spite of the evil and destruction that abound.”
“In the anthology "Keats's Neighborhood," Anita Silvey's marvelous introduction tells of the pain Keats experienced in the 1960s when he was challenged about being a White person writing the Black experience.”
“Keats is certainly not alone in the sentiments he expresses about the positive nature of failure.”
“Artist Jonathan Keats is debuting the Atheon, a religious-like tribute to science.”
“Simultaneously, the charioteer, in Keats's rhyming wordplay, appears as "bent" on (and in the very posture of) transcribing them as is the dreaming spirit similarly "intent" to audit them in his turn.”
“Such, too, if you will, is the connection in Keats between "Sleep and Poetry" — with its early examples of what Susan Wolfson, in her introduction, has detected for us as the phonemic dormancy in”
“The harvest is done and the squirrel's granary is full, but we must feel as sick as the knight in Keats's La Belle”
“Given that his name is linked with Severn's in Keats 'letter divulging the news of Severn's baby and that both men were reputed to have "long studied in the Life-Academy" (Letters, ii. 205), one would expect confirmation of Ward's observations in these new letters.”
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