Keats (Anglais) Broché – 26 septembre 1998
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However, this highly detailed approach does make this biography rather formidable. I occasionally found myself lost in the details, searching for some path that would lead me closer to Keats' poetry. This is a long biography, almost 600 pages. I enjoyed those sections most in which Motion examined influences on particular poetry by Keats. In retrospect, I should have browsed some chapters, and even skipped some sections, rather than persistently read every page.
I have subsequently read a shorter biographical analysis by Stuart Sperry, titled Keats the Poet (Princeton University Press, 1973) that is better suited for a reader that desires to focus more closely on Keats' poetry, rather than upon details of Keats' personal life. The chapters have titles like The Allegory of Endymion, The First Hyperion, and From The Eve of St. Mark to La Belle Dame sans Merci, clearly illustrating the close alignment between biographical study and poetic interpretation.
This book is not a light and superficial read. Instead it tells in great detail the story of a pitifully short life full of sadness and disappointment and of desperation as his disease closed in upon him, made so much more harrowing by the poverty he could never escape.
How fitting that the poet's gravesite near Rome is remembered as one of infinite pathos.
I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in biographies and certainly anyone wishing to learn more about Keats.