Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography

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W. W. Norton & Company, May 17, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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An acclaimed American poet reflects on the life and legacy of John Keats.

Posthumous Keats is the result of Stanley Plumly's twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England's greatest Romanticists. John Keats's famous epitaph—"Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water"—helped cement his reputation as the archetype of the genius cut off before his time. Keats, dead of tuberculosis at twenty-five, saw his mortality as fatal to his poetry, and therein, Plumly argues, lies his tragedy: Keats thought he had failed in his mission "to be among the English poets."In this close narrative study, Plumly meditates on the chances for poetic immortality—an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats, whose poetic influence remains immense. Incisive in its observations and beautifully written, Posthumous Keats is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet—a man who, against the odds of his culture and critics, managed to achieve the unthinkable: the elevation of the lyric poem to sublime and tragic status.
 

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It is hard not to want to know more about Keats and Brawne, and poet Plumly's linked essays on the life and death of Keats offer a subtle take. In addition to the love affair, Plumly also examines the ... Read full review

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A beautifully written work that examines Keats's place among his contemporaries and the definition of poetic immortality, this book nevertheless suffers from a confusing organizational scheme. Noted ... Read full review

Contents

preface
15
On He Flared
21
Cold Pastoral
77
This Mortal Body
109
A Dreaming Thing
161
Physician Nature
215
Season of Mists
273
Material Sublime
317
selected bibliography
371
list of illustrations
381
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Stanley Plumly is the author of many volumes of poetry as well as The Immortal Evening and Posthumous Keats. The winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, among other honors, he is a professor at the University of Maryland and lives in Frederick, Maryland.

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