Romanticism pp 97-101 | Cite as

John Keats: Letter to Benjamin Bailey

  • John B. Halsted
Part of the The Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


The inclusion of a single letter by John Keats (1795–1821) does much less than justice to one of Romanticism’s most attractive, most influential, and most paradigmatic figures. This young genius, who died young bravely, gave himself wholly to his art with an intensity and depth of feeling seldom matched. And in his letters, which reveal an immensely attractive personality, he gave expression to views of art and life that, whether original or derivative, were felt deeply and lived fully. Few have so entirely adopted the Romantic dedication to art as a means of knowing and shaping reality, and to feeling as the test of reality, or shown such sensitivity to the beauties of the natural world.


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