Keats and the Pre-Raphaelites

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Inspired by the Sea

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Keats and the Pre-Raphaelites: a selection of poetry illustrated by Pre-Raphaelite artists and their successors

Edited by Eugenia and Quentin Russell


Illustrated in colour

Following his early death at the age of only 25, John Keats became one of the most influential poets of the 19th century, both for fellow poets and for artists. His quest for the ideal of poetic beauty led him to forge an original and powerful voice full of melancholy and a constant longing, which won him the adoration of his peers and of successive generations.

Inspired by the sea: an anthology of poetry

Edited by Eugenia and Quentin Russell


The elemental nature of the sea and its changing moods has inspired poets since the earliest times. This selection of English and American poetry from Anglo-Saxon England through to the First World War covers the broad range of poetic responses to the sea - to its mythic qualities, its romance and the sheer exhilaration of being under sail, its challenges and perils, and the opportunity to use its mystery as a source of meditation and metaphor.


The spectrum of verse ranges from the pure joy of sailing expressed by the anonymous Anglo Saxon author of the Seafarer and John Masefield, Coleridge’s mystical Rime of the Ancient Mariner, to the lighter verse of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.


The poems are accompanied by a selection of black and white engravings, line drawings and paintings.

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