Keats's Boyish Imagination

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"John Keats, famously, is the poet who aspired to, and managed to achieve, a supreme maturity; who progressed from the 'namby-pamby' early lyrics to the 'calm power' of the great Odes and the Hyperion poems. His 'maturity' has become a cornerstone of recent political appraisals of his work. This book explores its subject over a range of poetical and psychological terrain to contend that immaturity - the 'Boyish imagination' - is not only a more appropriate place from which to scrutinize Keats's political consciousness, but is itself the emphatic
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Overview

"John Keats, famously, is the poet who aspired to, and managed to achieve, a supreme maturity; who progressed from the 'namby-pamby' early lyrics to the 'calm power' of the great Odes and the Hyperion poems. His 'maturity' has become a cornerstone of recent political appraisals of his work. This book explores its subject over a range of poetical and psychological terrain to contend that immaturity - the 'Boyish imagination' - is not only a more appropriate place from which to scrutinize Keats's political consciousness, but is itself the emphatic site of that consciousness." This book will be of essential interest to academics and students of Romanticism.
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'Keat's Boyish Imagination is a worthy successor to an important if edgy tradition of Keats criticism ...' - BARS Bulletin & Review, Issue No. 26
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415288828
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Series: Routledge Studies in Romanticism Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Note on texts
Introduction 1
1 'Strange longings': Keats and feet 11
2 'Full-grown lambs': immaturity and 'To Autumn' 27
3 'Give me that voice again': Keats and puberphonia 46
4 Japing the sublime: naughty boys and immature aesthetics 73
5 'Stifling up the vale': Keats and 'c--ts' 104
Afterword 126
Appendix 129
Notes 134
Bibliography 148
Index 154
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