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This book overturns received ideas about Keats as a poet of "beauty" and "sensuousness," highlighting the little studied political perspectives of his works. Roe sets out to recover the vivacious, pugnacious voices of Keats's poetry, and traces the complex ways in which his poems responded to and addressed their contemporary world. The book also offers new research about Keats's early life that opens valuable and often provocative new perspectives on his poetry.
Introduction: John Keats in the Cockney School
1. A Cockney Classroom: Keats and the Culture of Dissent
2. Cosmopolitics: History, Classics, and Pretty Paganism
3. Keats and Charles Cowden Clarke
4. 'Soft humanity put on': The Poetry and Politics of Sociality 1798-1818
5. Songs from the Woods; or, Outlaw Lyrics
6. The Pharmacopolitical Poet
7. 'Apollo's touch': The Pharmacy of Imagination
8. Lisping Sedition: Poems, Endymion, and the Poetics of Dissent Epilogue: John Keats's Commonwealth: The 1820 Collection and 'To Autumn'
Appendix: Correspondence Relating to the 'Cockney School' Essays Bibliography Index