Keats the Poet

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Princeton University Press, 1994 - Literary Criticism - 354 pages

Keats the Poet was first published in 1973, just as the crest of all the New-Critical exegeses had passed, leaving the critical literature with a wealth of fine readings, but without a real organizing program within which to view them. Stuart Sperry established such a frame of reference. Further, he did so with such prescience that even the most radical deconstructive or new historical approaches to Keats today must bear witness to their inception in Sperry's emphasis on, and subtle demonstration of, the centrality of "indeterminacy' in the poet. Now available in paperback for the first time, this work will enlighten a new generation of readers.

 

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Not a straight biography, Sperry relates Keats's development as a poet through a reflection of 18th- and 19th-century thought. LJ 's reviewer asserted that "anyone pursuing Keats studies will have to ... Read full review

Contents

A Poetry of Sensation
3
The Chemistry of the Poetic Process
30
The Early Verse
72
The Allegory of Endymion
90
The Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds
117
The Northern Walking Tour
132
The First Hyperion
155
Romance as WishFulfillment The Eve of St Agnes
198
From The Eve of Saint Mark to La Belle Dame sans Merci
221
Romantic Irony The Great Odes of the Spring
242
Comic Irony Lamia
292
Tragic Irony The Fall of Hyperion
310
To Autumn
336
Afterword 1994
343
Index
347
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Stuart M. Sperry is Professor of English at Indiana University.

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