In this chapter we will be examining some of the poems from Keats’s first published volume of poetry, titled simply Poems, and published in 1817, when Keats was aged 21. What I am particularly interested in discovering are Keats’s interests or concerns at this early stage of his life, looking at the themes as well as the style in a selection of his poems. The pieces I have chosen to look at in detail are ‘On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer’, ‘Keen, fitful gusts are whispering here and there’, ‘I stood tip-toe upon a little hill’, and Sleep and Poetry.
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