John Keats

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Northcote House, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 123 pages
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This book presents an evaluative critical account of all of Keats's important poetry. The arrangement is chronological, and the development of Keats's style and thematic preoccupations is set in the context of the unfolding of his brief but intense personal life. The ambition is to present the intelligent reader, who is relatively new to the study of Keats, with an informative guide which includes discussion of all of the principal events and contexts in which Keats is read today. The book argues that Keats was a writer deeply concerned with history, in the social and political sense, but also in the senses of personal and literary development. In contrast however, with the main emphasis of much recent criticism, the argument here is that Keats's engagement with history took the characteristic form of an effort to represent modes of experience outside history, and indeed outside time itself.

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Contents

Why Read Keats?
1
Early Poems
15
I stood tiptoe
29
Copyright

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About the author (2002)

Kelvin Everest is Bradley Professor of Modern Literature and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool.

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