VISTAS: An awareness of a range of time, events, or subjects. A broad Mental View.

John Keats

1795-1821

No poet in my collection produced more great poetry at an earlier age than John Keats. Both his parents died while he was very young. Keats was apprenticed to a surgeon, moved to London in 1815, and was qualified as a "dresser" and subsequently as a surgeon, in accordance with the medical regulations of the day. Keats's earliest poems were written under the influence of Edmund Spenser, and all of Keats's works shows something of a Spenserian blend of sensuousness and intellectual depth. Keats was never a formal critic of the sort who writes essays, reviews, and dissertations, but, in his marvelous letters, he displays one of the finest critical intelligences in the English literature.