This book is an excellent starting point for the study of Keats'' poetry. In the introduction, it gives a short biography of the poet, and details some of his influences (poetic and otherwise). The author then mentions some of the themes apparent in Keats'' works: the transience of life and beauty; the paradoxical and contradictory nature of the world, and life in it; and the necessity of negative capability (especially for a poet), that is, resisting the temptation to DO SOMETHING about Life''s inherent contradictions, and becoming as an empty vessel or pure mirror for Life.
There follow detailed critiques of a number of Keats'' more significant works: sonnets, odes, and other poems, long and short. For each of these critiques, there is an introduction, discussing the poem generally, and then an analysis.
The next section is a survey of criticism of Keats'' work, both that in his own lifetime and that since. This is followed by a section of sample essay questions and answers. At the end is a bibliography and guide for further research.
This study guide on the poetry of John Keats is part of the Monarch Notes and Study Guide series, and follows the usual format for literary works and studies in this series fairly closely.