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The Eve of St. Agnes

The Eve of St. Agnes

by John Keats

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The Life and Work of John Keats

Dive on in. This is a good resource for all things Keats: his poems and letters, pictures, biographies, etc.

The Poetry Foundation's Keats Biography

This is a comprehensive biography of Keats's life—good stuff.

Download Scans of Illustrated Print Editions

This is an archive of full-color scans of various print editions of The Eve of St. Agnes that you can browse through online or download. It's majorly cool; a lot of these editions are beautifully illustrated and at least a century old.

Agnes Who?

Get the low-down on the feast of St. Agnes from the folks who know.

As Told by Stained Glass

The artist Harry Clarke completed a set of stained glass windows, each section of which depicts a scene from The Eve of St. Agnes.

Video

The Romantics: Eternity (BBC documentary)

The BBC has of course, bless them, done a documentary on the Romantic poets. Here's the bit that covers the end of Keats's life, complete with period re-enactments and dreamy recitations of his poems.

Audio

Audio Drama Rendition of The Eve of St. Agnes

Here, have the poem read out loud for you, complete with music and voice actors.

Ramón Humet's The Eve of St. Agnes

Spanish composer Ramón Humet took a little inspiration from Keats and wrote his own musical interpretation of the poem. It's cool—in an eerie, unsettling way.

Images

Title Page of 1820 Edition

This is the title page of the original book in which The Eve of St. Agnes was published, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems. In case you're wondering, those "other poems" comprise the bulk of the Odes, the most famous of Keats's poems.

Porphyro and Madeline Making a Run for It

Here's the couple, immortalized by artist William Holman Hunt.

Triptych of the Story

This is Arthur Hughes's triptych depicting the events of the poem—you can see Porphyro sneaking into the castle on the left, Madeline's waking-up scene in the middle, and their final escape from the castle on the right.

Stained Glass Window of St. Agnes

Here's the lady herself, St. Agnes, depicted (as per usual) with her halo and lamb.

Manuscript of "To Autumn"

Life was tough before White-Out. Even though it's not the manuscript for The Eve of St. Agnes, this at least gives you an idea of how Keats edited his own poems and how… totally not legible his handwriting was.

Movies & TV

Trailer for Bright Star (2009)

Bright Star focuses on Keats's relationship with his own sweetheart, Fanny Brawne. It's much like Titanic in that we've watched the first half fifty times and pretend that the second half never happens.

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