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

John Keats


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.