Beauty and truth: the life, letters, and poetry of John Keats 1816 to 1821

After two hundred years, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty’ remains one of John Keats’ most famous lines, fulfilling his long-held desire for immortality despite his lack of literary success in his own short lifetime. But who was this iconic poet and what did he find out about the nature of art, beauty and truth? Using Keats’ letters and poems as our guide, this course explores Keats’ extraordinary life during an intense period of literary output from 1816 until his death in 1821, including the composition of his ‘Great Odes’ of 1819. By situating Keats’ life within its historical context and noting his observations on poetic composition and mortality, students will gain an insight into why Keats’ writing continues to enlighten readers to this day.

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