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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (864 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Keats Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9781455170364
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One of the most distinctive periods in poetry occurred in England early in the 1800s. This is now referred to as the age of romanticism, a movement which rebelled against the neoclassical forms and celebrated the imagination as a spiritual force. John Keats was a prominent shaper of this new movement, and as such, he was not without his critics.

“I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death,” he soberly prophesied. Indeed, Keats suffered an early tragic death of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-five but today is recognized as the archetypal romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses.

Unlike Shelley, Keats was not a political poet; his prime passion was for art. His muse was the goddess of beauty and truth, and his worship of her found its finest expression in his immortal odes, which stand unique in literature, unexcelled in perfection.

The poems collected here are:
1. "Oh Chatterton! How Very Sad Thy Fate”
2. “O Solitude! If I Must with Thee Dwell”
3. “To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent”
4. “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”
5. “To My Brothers”
6. “Great Spirits Now on Earth Are Sojourning”
7. “On the Grasshopper and Cricket”
8. “After Dark Vapours Have Oppressed Our Plains”
9. “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles”
10. “On the Sea”
11. A Selection from “Endymion”
12. “To Mrs. Reynolds’ Cat”
13. “On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again”
14. “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be”
15. “Lines on the Mermaid Tavern”
16. “O Thou Whose Face Hath Felt the Winter’s Wind”
17. “For There’s Bishop’s Teign”
18. “On Visiting the Tomb of Burns”
19. “Old Meg She Was a Gipsey”
20. “This Mortal Body of a Thousand Days”
21. “There Is a Joy in Footing Slow across a Silent Plain”
22. “The Eve of St. Mark”
23. “Why Did I Laugh Tonight? No Voice Will Tell”
24. “Bright Star, Would I Were Stedfast as Thou Art”
25. “Hyperion: A Fragment” (Book I), II, and III)
26. “Hyperion: A Fragment” (Book I, continued; Book II, Book III)
27. “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad”
28. “Sonnet to Sleep”
29. “Ode to Psyche”
30. “Ode to a Nightingale”
31. “Ode on a Grecian Urn”
32. “Ode on Melancholy”
33. “Ode on Indolence”
34. “Lamia” (Part I)
35. “Lamia” (Part I, continued; Part II)
36. "To Autumn”
37. “The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream”
38. “This Living Hand, Now Warm and Capable”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “No one else in English poetry, save Shakespeare, has in expression quite the fascinating felicity of Keats, his perception of loveliness. In the faculty of naturalistic interpretation, in what we call natural magic, he ranks with Shakespeare.”

    Matthew Arnold

  • “Davidson’s renderings are marvelous and unexpected.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Ledezma | 1/11/2014

    " Excellent book. Everything you could ever want from Keats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 12/30/2013

    " I would have given this edition 5 stars, because it is my humble opinion that John Keats is perhaps the greatest poet to have ever walked this earth; however, this edition had numerous spelling and punctuation errors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig | 12/16/2013

    " It's Keats. What else can I say? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adriana | 12/10/2013

    " It's Keats. No questions asked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 7/2/2013

    " I would totally party with Keats. Didn't discover him until college, but quickly fell in love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monica | 3/3/2013

    " "When I have fears that I may cease to be..." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/8/2013

    " One of my favorite poets. Aye, he left too soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/2/2012

    " Imagination, emotion and honesty combined. What enthralling stories were told, with dreamlike romanticism and linguistic precision. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 4/20/2012

    " In my eyes, Keats can do no wrong. I love this man. Heartbreakingly gorgeous stuff here, folks. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela | 3/19/2012

    " It doesn't get much better than Keats. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie | 1/8/2012

    " couldn't read it all. i just wanted to read some of his poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 10/13/2011

    " I have an old Odyssey Pres volume with a dozen or so bits of paper stuck between the pages marking my favorite poems. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maria | 7/11/2011

    " John Keats is the new Shakespeare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 J.A. | 5/3/2011

    " Another valuable source of material for my novel in progress, Grandpa Art, as well as insight into The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcos Medrano | 4/21/2011

    " I feel exactly the same, for better or worse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 8/11/2010

    " This was my first favorite. When I was a young teen, I carried this collection around everywhere I went. I still have it. It's held together with duct tape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 11/29/2009

    " I am usually not a fan of highly structured poetry but I found these to be refreshing and quite enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 10/30/2009

    " really mixed bag. some great poems and some with context that was too antiquated for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Inna | 2/14/2009

    " I just love good poetry. Keats is one of the bests. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 3/31/2008

    " Excellent! I wanted to reread Endymion in particular. It's a beautiful poem. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hriday | 2/7/2008

    " Very touching. To be read with a leisurely mind. But i found the language quite complicated due to myriad references to Greek mythology - so missed out the context altogether. But those few poems i could understand, i appreciated thoroughly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kriangkrai | 2/6/2008

    " I prefer to the poem called "The Ode to Nightingale" for the rest of the book. It's quite completely thrilled to take a glimpse on it. (Although it's a tough task for a beginner reader, that's for sure.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephen | 12/11/2007

    " Keats is one Britt poet you'll inevitably come into contact with when studying literature. His most famous poem, Ode to a nightingale, is probably my favorite of his. "

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About the Author
Author John Keats

John Keats (1795–1821) was an English romantic poet. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, he was one of the key figures in the second generation of the romantic movement, despite the fact that his work had been in publication for only four years before his death. During his life, his poems were not generally well received by critics; however, after his death, his reputation grew to the extent that by the end of the nineteenth century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets. He has had a significant influence on a diverse range of later poets and writers. His poetry is characterized by sensual imagery, most notably in the series of odes. Today his poems and letters are some of the most popularly read and analyzed.

About the Narrator

Frederick Davidson (1932–2005), also known as David Case, was one of the most prolific readers in the audiobook industry, recording more than eight hundred audiobooks in his lifetime, including over two hundred for Blackstone Audio. Born in London, he trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and performed for many years in radio plays for the British Broadcasting Company before coming to America in 1976. He received AudioFile’s Golden Voice Award and numerous Earphones Awards and was nominated for a Grammy for his readings.