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200 Years Later: John Keats' Great Odes and the Future of Poetry


In the spring of 1819, Keats experienced one of the greatest bursts of creativity in the history of science and art. Among other works, he composed his five Great Odes which defined a density of idea and irony never before achieved in English poetry. Among the most celebrated odes were his “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”


To this day, the odes stand out as some the most timeless examples of poetic composition and artistic expression. What potential wisdom and beauty might these odes impart to today's young writers and lover's of beauty? In this episode of the New Lyre Podcast, poet Daniel Leach discusses Keats' creative breakthrough and their implications for a new age of timeless poetry.