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Newbie here. I'm Nadia, I'm 21, from Chicago, and a very new but already overly-dedicated fan of Keats. I'm currently reading his biography by Robert Gittings and it makes me swoon just a bit. I'm an Oscar Wilde fanatic at heart, but Keats is slowly making his way to the second place on the list. :) Anyway, just wanted to say hello to everyone, and my AIM is 'JimSturgessIsHot' if anyone wants to chat.
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my first john keats tattoo but not the last....  
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Old story, but I didn't see it posted here.

"...Born in 1795, the Romantic poet trained as a surgeon-apothecary at Guy's Hospital in 1815 and 1816 and lived on nearby St Thomas' Street where his home is marked with a blue plaque. He chose not to practice after qualifying, put off by the gruesome aspects of 19th-century surgery, turning instead to poetry as a full time occupation.

Andrew Motion – who has written a biography of Keats – unveiled the statue in the week of the poet's birthday.

"Keats never gave up his allegiance to Apollo, patron god of both poetry and healing," Prof Motion told guests.

"I'm surprised that he hasn't been commemorated in such a way before. In my own experience it is a pleasure to get involved in art while unwell. It not only takes your mind off things, but is cathartic, giving you the chance to redress a personal balance destabilised by the experience of being ill and out of control, and to reassert yourself. I have long been a supporter of art and healthcare schemes and wish more was done to integrate the two."

Sculptor Stuart Williamson referred to Keats' life mask, paintings and drawings for inspiration. He agrees with Motion's take on Keats' character: "I wanted the statue to represent Keats as realistically as possible, debunking the myth that portrays him as a passive creature of the senses and reflecting his often radical and robust nature. The sculpture is meant to show Keats in a contemplative mood, as if perhaps in a moment of reflection or composition."

For the rest of the article: http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/2984

Such a small statue! I realize he was only 5', but do you guys think this is life-size?
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My spirit is too weak; mortality
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
Like a sick eagle looking at the sky.
Yet 'tis a gentle luxury to weep,
That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
Fresh for the opening of the morning's eye.
Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
Bring round the heart an indescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old Time -with a billowy main,
A sun, a shadow of a magnitude.
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These bases are from papersquares. If you use these, please credit her as well. The quote is from the poem "Ode to Melancholy" by John Keats:

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I thought the community might be interested in a short essay I just finished composing for a graduate seminar on the Romantic poets. I'm not asking for assistance or critique, I just thought some fellow Keats lovers would be interested.

So, first, here is a link to Ode to a Nightingale

And here is the essay under the cut:
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I saw the following spoof on "Ode on a Grecian Urn" in greatpoets today. It was written by Desmond Skirrow:

"Ode on a Grecian Urn Summarized"

Gods chase
Round vase.
What say?
What play?
Don't know.
Nice, though.

I am writing a critical essay on Keats' odes this week for a graduate seminar I'm in which deals with the Romantics. I was pleased to see this reference to Keats, and I was glad to find this community!

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I don't know if anyone has posted about this yet, but when I saw it on imdb I [nearly] wet my pants.

From the Times Online:

"Poet's tragic love affair seduces film-maker
By David Sanderson
It was a doomed love affair every bit as intense as Romeo and Juliet’s. But while several versions of Shakespeare’s tragedy have hit the big screen, the romance between John Keats and Fanny Brawne has not been committed to celluloid. Until now.

A literary biopic written and directed by Jane Campion, the Oscar-winning director of The Piano, on the love affair that spawned some of the most beautiful works in the Romantic canon is to begin filming in September.

Bright Star, starring the British actor Ben Whishaw, reaffirms the current fascination with British writers following Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen, and Miss Potter with Renée Zellweger as Beatrix Potter.

The new film will tell how Keats fell in love with his neighbour Brawne as she was walking in her garden in Hampstead, North London, in the early 19th century.

The romance inspired him to write some of the most beautiful lines in English poetry, includingBright Star, and in October 1819 the young lovers became privately engaged. But the poet fell ill with tuberculosis and left Britain to convalesce. He was never to see her again, dying in Rome in February 1821, aged 25. His final poem was called To Fanny.

Shortly before his death he wrote of his love in a letter to a friend: “The persuasion that I shall see her no more will kill me . . . O that I could be buried where she lives. It surprises me that the human heart is capable of such misery.”

After Keats’s death Brawne went into mourning for three years. She later married but never took off the ring that the poet gave her."

Check the imdb site here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0810784/

Check out Ben Wishaw, the boy playing Our Vertically Challenged Hero, here: http://www.benwhishaw.co.uk/ (Alas, he's no Zack Braff with a fake cockney accent, but he'll do, I suppose).

Junkets: The Sixth Monkee.
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hey all!

tomorrow i have to present keats's "sleep and poetry" (here's a link to it--http://www.john-keats.com/gedichte/sleep_and_poetry.htm) for my dreams and poetry class (grad school yay.)

i need to give a short bio on keats (got that covered, more or less), and then i have to explicate the poem and then relate it to the dream theorists (for lack of better term) we've been studying (freud, jung, bachelard, and hillman). then i have to give an assignment based on the poem.

my question:

this is a really long poem. i can't explicate the thing in 15 minutes. what would be a good excerpt to take out and explicate? obviously, the class is focused on dreaming and interpretation of dreams (a la freud) or taking dreams at surface value (a la jung) or taking them as messages from the divine. suggestions?

also, i keep getting conflicting birth dates for keats. some say oct 29 1791, some say 0ct 31. can anyone clarify?

thank you!!
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Hi, im new to this community but not to John Keats. I have his selected poems that i got as a gift in 1994 at Christmas from my Auntie Diana and she told me to never grow up to be like "La Belle Dame Sans Merci" which i never could figure out. She told me what she meant by it, but i would love to have some other peoples opinions about the poem. what do you think it means? 
I read a few entries below and i about blew my mind when i saw they made a film about my favorite poem! i have to have my brother look for it and buy it for me. 

have a good day everyone

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