Keats Influence on Modern World
John Keats’ artistic expression through his poetry proved him to be a forerunner of the second generation of romantic poets. Although his works didn’t reach their full potential and popularity before his death, they have proved to be very influential among other authors of the time period and have lived on to become some of the most analyzed poems of English scholars. Despite his short lifespan, his poetry has outlived him with greatness and exceeded the expectations that he died with, expecting it to be forgotten.
In our class discussion of ‘Lamia’ and ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ the concept of the gothic perspective is very prominent throughout his poetry as well as the similarities to these poems and Coleridge’s ‘Christabel.’ It is a curious thought of what may have been his inspiration for these poems because of the many similarities between the two. It seems as though he was directly re-creating the themes and progression of events through his own eyes, reimagining the thoughts of Coleridge. Both of these poems discuss the perception of mystical qualities in comparison to women and to thoughts about the way decision making can affect your life as a whole. The exploration through these themes amongst others portrayed in this piece is interesting because it reflects the modern views and opinions of the way that we view the world. The effect that he has had on our lives is profound because the glimpse that he had on what he felt was right and interesting was in reality a glimpse into the future.
Due to our readings and class discussion It seems as though Keats was a man driven very much so by his passions and expresses his curiosity about love and other strong emotions in various ways through his works. He was unafraid to write about deep human conflicts and issues that involved conflict, realism, and passion. This in itself, though not recognized at during his lifetime, is important to realize that the feelings that Keats presented prove that he was an advocate for living life to the fullest and grasping the best experiences that you can from each passing moment. This conception is something that is widespread in our culture now and valued greatly above many other viewpoints.
We can learn much from the views that Keats portrays on the world. His life and work marks the beginning of a whirlwind of exploration of thought and challenging ideals. His thoughts challenge us to create a rejuvenated sense of the way that we view our world and the way that we allow our passions to dictate our desires and motives in life. He is, in a way, inspirational to us if we take the time to place our world and our experiences in comparison to his poetry.
Keats, John. “Lamia,” The Longman Anthology of British Literature. 4th ed. Damrosch, David, and Kevin J.H. Dettmar. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2010. 176-203. Print.
Keats, John. “The Eve of St. Agnes,” The Longman Anthology of British Literature. 4th ed. Damrosch, David, and Kevin J.H. Dettmar. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2010. Print.
Coleridge, Samuel. “Christabel,” The Longman Anthology of British Literature. 4th ed. Damrosch, David, and Kevin J.H. Dettmar. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2010. Print.
“Introduction to Keats.” N.p., Sept.-Oct. 2010. Web. 6 Nov. 2013. <http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/keats.html#overview>.