‘Endymion’ by John Keats

Endymion_cover.jpgEndymion is the largest work by John Keats and was composed between April and November 1817.  It was published in April 1818,  and the initial critical reception was almost universally hostile.
The plot is built around the ancient Greek legend of Endymion, the young shepherd whose beauty was such that the goddess of the Moon entreated Zeus to cast him into a permanent sleep so that she could gaze on him without interruption.    Keats expands this story into an epistle on beauty and love, and weaves into it elements from several other Greek legends.  Due to the complexities of the plot, many readers have found the poem as a whole rather inaccessible,  and have preferred to focus on the gems of poetic commentary for which it has become famous.

I play Chorus, Voice, Voices, Muses, Seasons and Hours.

Endymion – A Poetic Romance by John Keats

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