John Keats by John BarnardJohn Keats by John Barnard

John Keats

byJohn Barnard

Paperback | March 27, 1987

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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.
Title:John KeatsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:188 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:March 27, 1987Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521318068

ISBN - 13:9780521318068

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. An early nineteenth-century poet; 2. 'Energy and Voluptuousness': Poems (1817); 3. Endymion: 'Pretty Paganism' and 'Purgatory Blind'; 4. Hyperion: 'Colossal Grandeur'; 5. Four 'medieval' love stories; 6. The spring odes, 1819; 7. Final poems; Appendix: the poems to Fanny Brawne; Notes; Select reading; Index of persons and Keats' poems.