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Reception and Poetics in Keats : My Ended Poet - Jeffrey C. Robinson

Reception and Poetics in Keats

My Ended Poet

Hardcover Published: 21st December 1998
ISBN: 9780333716380
Number Of Pages: 205

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Occasioned by the celebration of Keat's 200th birthday (31 October 1995), Jeffrey C. Robinson's Reception and Poetics in Keats: My Ended Poet begins with an extended reading of some of the many praise and commemorative poems (collected in an appendix here) to or about Keats written from the time of his early death up to the present day. Along with these poems, the public shrines of Keats, in particular those at Hampstead in England, where he wrote his most enduring poems, and at Rome, where he died and was buried, are described and interpreted as influences upon the traditional understanding of his work. Keats, the poet-who-died-too-young, produced a poetry of closure and finality, elegiac and autumnal. But Robinson focuses, in the second part of the book, on Keats as one who anticipates the visionary open-form poetry of some of the twentieth-century's major experimental poets.

'...Jeffrey Robinson devotes his efforts to dislodging Keats from the nineteenth century cultural milieu that defined his identity as a poet...Robinson is well read in the poetry of his own generation, in English and in other languages, and he uses this experience effectively as he considers the resonance of Keats in contemporary poetic practice...The book provides a valuable service...Intending to emphasize the highly volatile nature of reading an duse of evidence he employs a collage format-with quick shifts of focus, content, even texture and genre...I myself found (to my surprise - the journey exhilarating...Robinson belongs to no school; he has excused himself from discipleship. Eschewing the criticism that barters poetry for life and poetry for history (90), he has written a freshly inquisitive approach to central...critical questions...Robinson is feeling his way toward a radically new understanding of Keats...This book could signal a new era in Keats studies.' - Robert M. Ryan, The Wordsworth Circle

List of Plates
Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
A Game of Shards: Keats's 'Vitally Metaphorical Poetry'p. 9
Enshrinings: Public Memorials and Keatsian Poeticsp. 17
Keats Enshrined in Poems: the Nineteenth Century and Traditional Poeticsp. 52
Readingsp. 69
Flowers, Keats, and Deathp. 75
Quoting the Nightingalep. 77
Biography and the Poetp. 79
Poetry and/as Biography: Amy Clampitt's A Homage to John Keatsp. 83
Cosmic Biography: Tom Clark's Junkets on a Sad Planetp. 87
More Readings: Towards an Open Poetics in Keats - Countee Cullen, Mae Cowdery, Galway Kinnell, Robert Browningp. 97
Mark Halliday's 'There: for Keats' and Keats's 'Epistle to J. H. Reynolds, Esq.': Against Monumental Poetryp. 105
Afterthought to 'There': Keats's 'Ode to Maia'p. 125
The Walking Tour of Scotland, 1818: the Play of Poetic Formsp. 128
Memos on Keats for the Next Millenniump. 134
a Selection of Poems Written to or about John Keats: 1821-1994p. 166
Notesp. 199
Indexp. 203
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ISBN: 9780333716380
ISBN-10: 0333716388
Series: Romanticism in Perspective:Texts, Cultures, Histories
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 205
Published: 21st December 1998
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1