Keats is the greatest writer of Odes in English literature. His Odes are the finest fruits of his maturity.
They represent Keats at his best. All the characteristic qualities of his poetry find full vivid expression in them. As has been well said, Shelley’s genius finds perfect expression the lyrics, Keats’ genius in The Odes.
The Odes represent at its best the poet’s sensuous enjoyment of Beauty – beauty of art, of lure, and of the ancient world of the Hellas. It was Beauty, and Beauty alone, which inspired and made him create.