Q – John Keats

John Keats 1795 – 1821 was an English Romantic poet. Although his work was not well received during his lifetime, he has become over time a much-loved English poet.

He died at the age of only twenty-five from Tuberculosis.

 

‘The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make up one’s mind about nothing, to let the mind be in thoroughfare for all thoughts’

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‘Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school and intelligence and make it a soul?’

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‘Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one!’

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‘The excellence of every Art is its intensity’

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‘Love is my religion – I could die for it’

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‘I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top’

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‘It ought to come like the leaves to the trees, or it better not come at all’

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‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty, that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know’

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‘Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter’

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‘There is nothing stable in the world; uproar’s your only music’

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‘My mind has been the most discontented and restless one that ever was put into a body too small for it’

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‘I find I cannot exist without Poetry’

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‘I almost wish we were butterflies and lived but three summer days – three such days with you I could fill with more delight than fifty common years could ever contain’

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‘We read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author’

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‘The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were’

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‘If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all’

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‘Scenery is fine – but human nature is finer’

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‘I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest’

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‘The poetry of the earth is never dead’

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‘I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination’

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‘My chest of books divide amongst my friends’

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‘Dancing music, music sad, both together, sane and mad’

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‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever’

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‘Nothing ever becomes real ‘til it is experienced’

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‘We have woven a web, you and I, attached to this world but a separate world of our own invention’

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‘It keeps eternal whisperings around desolate shores’

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