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Table of Contents

About John Keats 4

To one who has been long in city pent 4

Summary 4

Annotation 5

Ode To A Nightingale 6

Summary 8

Annotation 9

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer 17

Summary 17

Annotation 18

Ode On A Grecian Urn 21

Summary 22

Annotation 23

When I have fears that I may cease to be 31

Summary 31

Annotation 32

La Belle Dame Sans Merci 34

Summary 35

Annotation 35

To Autumn 40

Summary 41

Annotation 41

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art 46

Summary 46

Annotation 47

Sample Answer 51


KEATS, John (2015-2018)

About John Keats

Born in London, England, on October 31, 1795, John Keats devoted his short life to the perfection of poetry marked by vivid imagery, great sensuous appeal and an attempt to express a philosophy through classical legend. In 1818 he went on a walking tour in the Lake District. His exposure and overexertion on that trip brought on the first symptoms of the tuberculosis, which ended his life.

To one who has been long in city pent

To one who has been long in city pent

To one who has been long in city pent,

'Tis very sweet to look into the fair

And open face of heaven,—to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.

Who is more happy, when, with heart's content,

Fatigued he sinks into some pleasant lair

Of wavy grass, and reads a debonair

And gentle tale of love and languishment?

Returning home at evening, with an ear

Catching the notes of Philomel,—an eye

Watching the sailing cloudlet's bright career,

He mourns that day so soon has glided by:

E'en like the pa...

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