Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography
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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The intimacy, the silence, the imperceptibility of the corporeal crossover, the
secrecy with which the breath, the spirit, escapes the body—all of this unspoken
and unspeakable quality enters into Severn's deathbed portrait. And it is as
... in the Mary Newton “portrait” and the Edmund Sullivan engraving or the
George Henry Harlow Lawrence School portrait and the W. L. Colls or H.
Davidson engraving of Severn's so-called “Lost Portrait” as it is an idealization of
the sensitive, ...
In the Dulwich College Picture Gallery of Paintings in London hangs a Portrait of
a Young Man, Rembrandt School. The young man is said to be Philip
Wouwerman, an artist and contemporary of Rembrandt. An old catalog copy
states that the ...
The result is a darker parody of Severn's already much-imitated pretty little
portrait. Likeness may not be so much the question here as life-like. The
entombing of Keats's face, whether through idealization, incompetence, or
imitations, implies a ...
Like a good many Victorians who, given the choice, would elevate beauty over
truth, their implied if silent portrait of such a passage might well resemble the
alleged 1818 rendering by the Lawrence School portraitist George Henry Harlow,
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Posthumous Keats: A Personal BiographyUser Review - Book Verdict
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
POSTHUMOUS KEATS: A Personal BiographyUser Review - Kirkus
A gentle, concentric chronology of the English poet's life, pausing occasionally for close—sometimes too close—discussions of poems and individual lines.Plumly (English/Univ. of Maryland; Old Heart ... Read full review