Monday, May 23, 2022

Portrait of a poet …

… The energetic and tragic Keats - The Spectator World. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

… There have been dozens of biographies of Keats and about as many critical introductions as you would care to read, but Miller’s Keats is different in a couple of useful ways. The nine chapters are keyed to the poems, which are roughly sequential, starting with “Chapman’s Homer” in 1816 and ending with “Bright star!” composed in 1820. The volume ends with a short note on Keats’s epitaph on his gravestone in Rome, where he died in 1821. Each poem is quoted in full at the beginning of the chapter, followed by Miller’s biographical and contextual commentary.

I feel obligated to point out that Chaucer wrote in Middle English, not Old English, which was Anglo-Saxon.

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