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On Keats’s Practice and Poetics of Responsibility : Beauty and Truth in the Major Poems

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Written for both the general reader and the academic, this book places Keats’s poems in the context of his short, tragic life, focusing on the terrible “circumstances” surrounding his 25 years, his commitment to both beauty and truth, and the burden of responsibility he felt as poet. I focus on the ideas present and functioning dramatically in, especially, the great Odes, “The Eve of St. Agnes,” and “Lamia.” These ideas parallel desires expressed in the brilliant and compassionate Letters, in which Keats developed the notion of soul-making, for which, he reasoned, circumstances and suffering acting upon the “sparks” of which we are born are necessary. The five chapters offer perhaps the closest readings ever done of both the Letters and the major poems, shedding new light on his most beloved and artistically successful efforts and highlighting the ways in which Keats, ever responsible to humanity, his readers, and Poetry alike, both creates beautiful verse and works to prevent his readers from ever succumbing to fanciful dreams and unrealizable expectations.
Genre: Literary Criticism
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: G. Douglas Atkins
Language: English
Street Date: December 7, 2016
TCIN: 51555232
UPC: 9783319441436
Item Number (DPCI): 248-24-5366
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