John Keats Jess Bish, Ben Ziolkowski, Mary Mangione, Nick Cully, and Steven Siclari Anticipatory Activity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCMazBZ3bcM • • • What assumptions or opinions on Keats can you make from the trailer? What are major influences in his life? What expectations do you have for his writing? Family Life • • • Born 1795 in Finsbury Pavement, England Father died from a riding accident Lost his mother and brother to tuberculosis Main Life Events • • Pulled out of school to apprentice a surgeon Engaged to Fanny Brawne, but died of tuberculosis before he could get married Works of the Artist • Wrote all poetry in one year at age 22 -written while in critical condition • • Inspired by Shakespeare His first book, Poems sold poorly and his second book, Endymion was disliked An Early Ending • Moved to Italy --> died there 6 months later Died at age 25 • • His epitaph read "Here lies one whose name was writ in water" Philosophy • Because Keats died so young, he had little philosophy, but he did focus on using time efficiently 2 major influences of Keats' poetry: -critical condition (tuberculosis) -Engagement partner Fanny Brawne • Bright Star • A 2009 film which documents the love between John Keats and Fanny Brawne http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCMazBZ3bcM • Provides insight into the world of Keats' poetry Bright Star How does the narrator change his view of the Star after the first four lines? In what ways does he want to be like the star? In what ways does he not want to be like the star? What does Keats desire from his life? When I Have Fears (Pg. 862) What are his fears? How does Keats view life when he knows he will die soon? Are his fears realistic? Why or why not? Discussion Questions • • What would be your fears if you would be dying soon? Would you worry about the same things that Keats did? What does beauty mean to you? What does beauty mean to Keats based on what we have read in his poems?