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John Keats : British and Irish Authors - John Barnard

John Keats

British and Irish Authors

Paperback Published: 11th May 1987
ISBN: 9780521318068
Number Of Pages: 188

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This book offers a revaluation of Keats' major poetry. It reveals how Keats' work is both an oblique criticism of the dominant attitudes to literature, sexuality, religion and politics in his period, and a powerful critique of the claims of the imagination. For all that he shares the optimistic humanism of progressives like Hazlitt, Leigh Hunt, and Shelley, Keats nevertheless questions the sufficiency of either Art or Beauty. Professor Barnard shows how the notorious attack on Keats as a Cockney poet was motivated by class and political bias. He analyses the problems facing Keats as a second-generation Romantic, his continuing difficulty in finding an appropriate style for 'Poesy', and his uncertain judgement of his own work. The ambiguities and stresses evident in the poetry's treatment of women and sexual love are seen to reflect divisions in Keats and his society. The maturing use of myth from Poems (1817) to The Fall of Hyperion, and the achievement of the major odes are set in relation to Keats' whole career.

An early nineteenth-century poet
'Energy and Voluptuousness': Poems (1817)
Four 'medieval' love stories
The spring odes, 1819
Final poems
Appendix: the poems to Fanny Brawne
Select reading
Index of persons and Keats' poems
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ISBN: 9780521318068
ISBN-10: 0521318068
Series: British and Irish Authors
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 11th May 1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25