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    Endymion is the largest work by John Keats and was composed between April and November 1817. It was published in April 1818, and the 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 audiences have found the poem as a whole rather inaccessible, and have preferred to focus on the occasional gems of poetic commentary for which it has become famous. In his landmark biography of Keats, Sidney Colvin reviews both the inherent problems and the importance of Endymion thus: "It is not with simple matters of personification, of the putting of initial capitals to abstract qualities, that we have to deal, nor yet with any obvious and deliberately thought-out allegory, still less is it with one purposely made riddling and obscure, it is with a vital, subtly involved and passionately tentative spiritual parable, the parable of the experiences of the poetic soul in man seeking communion with the spirit of essential Beauty in the world, invented and related, in the still uncertain dawn of his powers, by one of the finest natural-born and intuitively gifted poets who ever lived. This is a thing which stands almost alone in literature, and however imperfectly executed, is worth any closeness and continuity of attention we can give it."

    Cast

    Narrator – Eva Davis
    Endymion – Mark Crowle-Groves
    Priest – Peter Tucker
    Alpheus – Peter Tucker
    Elephant – Peter Tucker
    Peona – Amanda Friday
    Nymph – Amanda Friday
    Cynthia – Elizabeth Klett
    Glaucus – John Burlinson
    Adonis – Tomas Peter
    Arethusa – Cate Barratt
    Mystery Woman – Elizabeth Klett
    Venus – P.J. Morgan
    Circe – Erin Louttit
    Chorus – Leanne Yau
    Voices – Leanne Yau
    Seasons and Hours – Leanne Yau

    Text prepared by Erin Louttit. Audio edited by Denis Daly. The Online Stage will be donating the royalties it receives from sales of this title to the Fred Hollows Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the worldwide eradication of preventable blindness.

    Public Domain (P)2018 The Online Stage

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    • William Cook Miller
    • 01/05/2021

    this is stolen

    this version of keats' play is stolen from librivox. it is a public domain performance. don't reward these pirates with your money.