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This is yet another edition of Keats Odes. It does not have the rich notes and annotations of many other editions. But it has what is of first importance, the text of Keats greatest poems. Why is it one wonders, is it the Odes more than the longer poems , which have captured the imagination and interest of generations of readers. Their rich poetic language has echoes in the longer work. But it seems more concentrated here and more intensely beautiful. The Beauty is Truth and Truth is Beauty theme seems most exemplified in the great Odes. So too that element of longing and that romantic sense of finding in suffering not mere pain and emptiness but a kind of soul- transforming means to creation of Beauty. Whether it is the poet observer's connection with the frozen - in- time yet ever- living figures on the Urn, or his connection with the undying song of a creature who will also die there is a power of thought and metaphorical richness in the poems which inspires and elevates the mind and heart of the reader.
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