A Joy Forever: John Keats's Poetry at 200 | Newberry

A Joy Forever: John Keats's Poetry at 200

Led by Colleen English, PhD. Four sessions. 5:45 - 7:45 pm.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Wednesdays, September 25 - October 16

5:45 - 7:45 pm

This seminar is full. Please call 312-255-3700.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call 312-255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

This year marks the bicentennial of the composition of John Keats’s greatest poems. From the Gothic tale of The Eve of St. Agnes, written in the winter, to the great odes composed during the spring, the year 1819 saw Keats creating many of the poems that established him as a major poetic figure. In this seminar, we will discuss a selection of Keats’s 1819 poems, as well as some key Keatsian concepts and ideas, such as the “vale of soul-making” and “negative capability.”

Four sessions. E - $195, L - $214.5

Colleen English holds a PhD in Irish and British Romantic literature from University College Dublin and has taught a wide variety of literature courses. She currently teaches writing courses at Loyola University Chicago and is co-convening the Irish Studies Scholarly Seminar at the Newberry.

Materials List


  • John Keats, Complete Poems, edited by Jack Stillinger. Belknap/Harvard UP, 1978. ISBN: 978-0674154315

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read “The Eve of St. Agnes” (p.229) and “The Eve of St. Mark” (p.240) in John Keats, Complete Poems.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.