If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me-nothing to make my friends proud of my memory-but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time, I would have made myself much remembered
~ Keats to Fanny Browne, March 1820.
John Keats (1795-1821) is one of the greatest English poets. He was an important figure in the Romantic Movement. He has become the epitome of the young, revolutionary, beautiful, and doomed poet. Despite his drastic death by tuberculosis at the age of 25, he has conquered the hearts of people by the means of his magical and revolutionary poetry.
Keats’ poetic careers lasted only for mere five or six years and in that short span of time, his idealistic vision was buried into his own pessimistic view of his own work. He never praised his work justifiably. The obvious beauty and ecstasy of his poetry clocked his unrevealed conflicts, upheavals, problems. In 1818, his younger brother died of tuberculosis, and Keats witnessed his brothers deteriorating health with much pain. Financially, Keats was never stable and he moved lodging many times, unable to settle at a permanent premises. He was not even very healthy. Before few years of his own death, realized that he too has been a victim of tuberculosis. End in the end, he was stripped mercilessly from the life he had in this temporal world.
Keats finds his true sanction and solace in the bosoms of literature. Keats decided that his true love lies within the fantasy realm of literature. His poetry is the evidence of his deep connection with the language. His words not only tell something but rather they demonstrate themselves. This intense relationship between Keats and literature is visible even to a person with a less critical eye.
The common believe is that the critics harsh criticism is the main reason behind the misfortune of the Keats. Keats could not bear the mockery of his works and get disappointed with the life. Although, his disappointment could not tarnish his work, in fact, it became the reason for his increasing enthusiasm in his works. Keats was always willing to prove his critics wrong and to continue his work passionately. !819 proved to be an auspicious year for this doomed yet great poet.
His odes are considered as his major and great piece of art. His ode began with psyche and its allusions to his distaste at the real world, progressed with the beautiful views on death, beauty, and mortality.
”Beauty is truth, truth is beauty”