Reading John Keats (Reading Writers and their Work)

Reading John Keats (Reading Writers and their Work)

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Susan J Wolfson
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 5/21/2015
EAN 9780521732796, ISBN10: 0521732794

Paperback, 198 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
Language: English

John Keats (1795–1821), one of the best-loved poets of the Romantic period, is ever alive to words, discovering his purposes as he reads - not only books but also the world around him. Leading Keats scholar Susan J. Wolfson explores the breadth of his works, including his longest ever poem Endymion; subsequent romances, Isabella (a Boccaccio tale with a proto-Marxian edge admired by George Bernard Shaw), the passionate Eve of St Agnes and knotty Lamia; intricate sonnets and innovative odes; the unfinished Hyperion project (Keats's existential rethinking of epic agony); and late lyrics involved with Fanny Brawne, the bright (sometimes dark) star of his last years. Illustrated with manuscript pages, title-pages, and two portraits, Reading John Keats investigates the brilliant complexities of Keats's imagination and his genius in wordplay, uncovering surprises and new delights, and encouraging renewed respect for the power of Keats's thinking and the subtle turns of his writing.

1. Life and times
2. Conceiving early poems, and Poems
3. Falling in love with Endymion, A Poetic Romance. Rereading King Lear
4. Venturing 'new Romance'
or, The Pot of Basil. A Story from Boccaccio
5. Falling with Hyperion
6. Still romancing
The Eve of St Agnes
a dream-sonnet
La belle dame
7. Reforming the sonnet and forming the Odes of 1819
Psyche, Nightingale, Grecian Urn, Melancholy, Indolence
8. Writhing, wreathing, writing Lamia
9. Falling in fall 1819
The Fall of Hyperion and To Autumn
10. Last poems and lasting Keats
A few famous formulations
At a glance
Keats in context
Further reading.