Keats's Poetry: What Are His Main Pre-Occupations?

Look at the first lines of these poems written by Keats. Beside each one, write down any immediate thoughts that come into your head about what it may be concerned with: genre, key ideas etc. Do any of them fit in with what we know about Romanticism already?

What can all thee,
knight at arms,
Alone and palely loitering?

-La Belle Dame Sans Merci

Seasons of mists and mellow
Close-bosom friend of the
maturing sun

-Ode To Autumn

What is love? It is a doll
dressed up
For idelness to cosset

-What is Love?

O Poesy! For thee I hold my pen!

-Sleep and Poetry

My heart aches, and a drowsy
numbness pain my sense, as if
of hemlock I had drunk.


When I have fears that I may
cease to be
Before my pen has glean'd
my teaming brain.

-When I have Fears

Keats' Kingdom 2004 -