Can anyone tell me the difference between "fancy" and "imagination" in Keats's day?
I have read scholars who insist there is a difference between the two. Others seem to coalesce the two into one notion. It's confusing. "The fancy cannot cheat so well, as she is famed to do" wrote Keats in Nightingale. Anyway, does anyone really know the difference - and what source can I go to that would help explain the difference? I am asking because I will be doing a 3 hour Keats Lecture (for friends) on June 1 and I'd like to nail this down.
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."