John Keats

John Barnard

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.

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  • 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.

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書名 John Keats
著作者等 Barnard, John
シリーズ名 British and Irish authors
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1987
ページ数 xi, 172 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521318068
NCID BA01073229
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス