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Keats and Embarrassment

Christopher Ricks

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128298
eISBN:
9780191671654
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128298.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

In this book, the author argues for the importance of embarrassment in human life and for the value of works of art which help us deal with embarrassment by recognizing and refining it. As a poet and ... More


The Multiple Readings

Jack Stillinger

in Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130225
eISBN:
9780199855209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter presents the varied documented experiences and interpretations of John Keats’s “The Eve of St. Agnes” by various literary professionals since the time of the poem’s creation. These ... More


The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet

Thomas McFarland

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186458
eISBN:
9780191674556
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186458.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book surveys the poetic endeavour of John Keats and urges that his true poetry is uniquely constituted by being uttered through three artificial masks, rather than through the natural voice of ... More


Keats, Byron, and ‘Slippery Blisses’

Christopher Ricks

in Keats and Embarrassment

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128298
eISBN:
9780191671654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128298.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

The letters of John Keats are full of mis-spellings. It is believed that Keats' mis-spellings are often indications of how his imagination was working, and are sometimes indications of an achieved ... More


The Starting Materials: Texts and Circumstances

Jack Stillinger

in Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130225
eISBN:
9780199855209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The chapter describes the poem’s milieu, and the circumstances in which John Keats penned it. “The Eve of St. Agnes” was written during Keats’s so-called “living year,” within which he produced his ... More


The Mask of Camelot

Thomas McFarland

in The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186458
eISBN:
9780191674556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186458.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

For this chapter, we assume two significant configurations — one is represented by the Mask of Camelot while the other accounts for the various understandings, social agreements, and psychological ... More


Keats and Blushing

Christopher Ricks

in Keats and Embarrassment

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128298
eISBN:
9780191671654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128298.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Thomas Burgess started The Physiology or Mechanism of Blushing in 1839. There is no other poet that knew more intimately than John Keats that ‘there is a physiology of the mind as well as of the ... More


Shakespeare to Hazlitt to Keats

Jonathan Bate

in Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination

Published in print:
1989
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198129943
eISBN:
9780191671883
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198129943.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Shakespeare Studies, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Charles Cowden Clarke asserted that John Keats' eyes filled with tears when he was moved by the image in Cymbeline that he saw when he was still a schoolboy. However, this story may be believed to ... More


Keats

Morton D. Paley

in Apocalypse and Millenium in English Romantic Poetry

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199262175
eISBN:
9780191698828
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262175.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter examines the treatment and explanation of the topics of apocalypse and millennium in the works of English Romantic poet John Keats. It states that Keats’ last attempt to at poetic ... More


“Ode on Melancholy” and ”What the Thrush Said”: Keats

Jennifer Radden

in The Nature of Melancholy: From Aristotle to Kristeva

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195151657
eISBN:
9780199849253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151657.003.0020
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter discusses two poems by John Keats — “Ode of Melancholy” and “What the Thrush Said.” Keats knew much suffering and died while still a young man. Consumptive and weak, he experienced many ... More


Why There are so Many Meanings (II): Complex Authorship

Jack Stillinger

in Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130225
eISBN:
9780199855209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter continues the discussion on the reasons for the diversity of interpretations for any complex literary piece. It tackles the other half of the reader–work transaction—the actual body of ... More


Conclusion: Keats “among the English Poets”

Jack Stillinger

in Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130225
eISBN:
9780199855209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The author reasserts the book’s premise that the confluence of a complex authorship with a complex readership inevitably produces multiple interpretations of the complex literary piece being studied. ... More


Taste and Distaste

Christopher Ricks

in Keats and Embarrassment

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128298
eISBN:
9780191671654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128298.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

The lines from the ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ are parodied but respected in Aldous Huxley's ‘Frascati's’, a poem which deliberately has some of the stage-properties but not the properties of a John Keats ... More


Conceptions of Poems and of Letters

Christopher Ricks

in Keats and Embarrassment

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128298
eISBN:
9780191671654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128298.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

Blushes can be sexually attractive, and contagious like desire. For the poet, it can offer a glimpse, bizarre and even potentially fearful, of life stayed for ever in an eternal intensity of erect ... More


John Keats’s Jeffrey’s ‘Negative Capability’; or, Accidentally Undermining Keats

Brian Rejack

in Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781786941817
eISBN:
9781789623253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781786941817.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter gleans what knowledge can be discovered from the transcription habits of John Jeffrey, whose copy of Keats’s negative capability letter provides the only extant source for the text. By ... More


Keats’s “Coming Muskrose” AND SHAKESPEARE’S “PROFOUND VERDURE” (1983)

Willard Spiegelman

in Imaginative Transcripts: Selected Literary Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195368130
eISBN:
9780199852192
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368130.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter criticizes English Romantic poet John Keats' Ode to a Nightingale and the relevant works of English poet William Shakespeare. It aims to explain the meaning of the phrase “coming ... More


John Keats' Medical Notebook: Text, Context, and Poems

Hrileena Ghosh

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781789620610
eISBN:
9781789629798
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789620610.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

The poet John Keats trained as a surgeon at Guy’s Hospital, London while simultaneously making his way as a poet. This book focuses attention on an important but hitherto neglected manuscript: the ... More


Life Mask and Death Mask

Thomas McFarland

in The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198186458
eISBN:
9780191674556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186458.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

Making life masks — which represented how something was when it was living — and making death masks — the counterpart that accounts for a being's impressions when they had died, was not an uncommon ... More


Why There are so Many Meanings (I): Complex Readership

Jack Stillinger

in Reading The Eve of St. Agnes: The Multiples of Complex Literary Transaction

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130225
eISBN:
9780199855209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130225.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter further develops the book’s premise that each individual reader’s experience of a complex literary piece is unique. As illustrated by the voluminous interpretations of John Keats’s “The ... More


Introductory

Christopher Ricks

in Keats and Embarrassment

Published in print:
1984
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198128298
eISBN:
9780191671654
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198128298.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism, Poetry

This chapter provides three propositions. First, that embarrassment is very important in life. Second, that art helps in dealing with embarrassment by recognizing, refining, and putting it to good ... More


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