Today John Keats endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures of the senses but suffered a tragic early death. Edmund Wilson counted him as "one of the half dozen greatest English writers," and T.S. Eliot has paid tribute to the Shakespearean quality of Keat's greatness. Indeed, his work has survived better than that of any of his contemporaries the devaluation of the Romantic poetry that began early in this century. This Modern Library Edition contains all of Keat's magnificent verse: "Lamia," "Isabella," and "The Eve of St. Agnes"; his sonnets and odes; the allegorical romance Endymion; and the five-act poetic tragedy Otho the Great. Presented as well are the famous posthumous and fugitive poems, including the fragmentary "The Eve of Saint Mark" and the great "La Belle Dame sans Merci," perhaps the most distinguished literary ballad in the language.
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