John Keats and the Culture of Dissent

Paperback | November 1, 1998

byNicholas Roe

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Keats and the Culture of Dissent sets out to recover the lively and unsettling voices of Keats's poetry, and seeks to trace the complex ways in which his poems responded to and addressed their contemporary world. It offers new research about Keats's early life opening valuable new perspectiveson his poetry. Two chapters explore the dissenting culture of Enfield School, showing how the school exercised a strong influence on Keats's imaginative life and his political radicalism. Imagination and politics intertwine through succeeding chapters on Keats's friendship with Charles CowdenClarke; his medical career; the `Cockney' milieu in which Keats's poems were written; and on the immediate controversial impact of his three collections of poetry. The author deftly reconstructs contexts and contemporary resonances for Keats's poems, retrieving the vigorous challenges of Keats'sverbal art which outraged his early readers but which was lost to us as Keats entered the canon of English romantic poets.

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Keats and the Culture of Dissent sets out to recover the lively and unsettling voices of Keats's poetry, and seeks to trace the complex ways in which his poems responded to and addressed their contemporary world. It offers new research about Keats's early life opening valuable new perspectiveson his poetry. Two chapters explore the dis...

Nicholas Roe is at University of St Andrews.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:November 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198186290

ISBN - 13:9780198186298

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Table of Contents

Introduction: John Keats in the Cockney School1. A Cockney Classroom: Keats and the Culture of Dissent2. Cosmopolitics: History, Classics, and Pretty Paganism3. Keats and Charles Cowden Clarke4. `Soft humanity put on': The Poetry and Politics of Sociality 1798-18185. Songs from the Woods; or, Outlaw Lyrics6. The Pharmacopolitical Poet7. `Apollo's touch': The Pharmacy of Imagination8. Lisping Sedition: Poems, Endymion, and the Poetics of DissentEpilogue: John Keats's Commonwealth: The 1820 Collection and `To Autumn'Appendix: Correspondence Relating to the `Cockney School' EssaysBibliographyIndex

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`a substantial contribution to the on-going debate about Keats' politics ... Roe's volume convinces one of Keats's secure place in a version of the romantic canon that narrates the complex formation of liberalism. The major scholarly contribution of the book involves the presentation of theworld of the Enfield School and the influence of Charles Cowden Clarke on Keats's formation ... Roe is an impressive literary historian ... Roe's contributions to literary history are unmistakable ... I greatly admire Roe's accomplishment in this volume ... He has given us new information aboutKeats's world and about the overlapping circles of metropolitan sociability in the romantic period. He has shown, by following through the daily to-ings and fro-ings of the chief actors, how permeable were the boundaries between medicine, poetics, and politics.'Anne Janowitz, University of Warwick, Romantic Circles, July 1998