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Keats in the Daily Mail today

PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 3:39 pm
by Cath
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2119109/Ode-NCP-How-cornfield-inspired-1819-poem-Keats-multi-storey-car-park.html

Poor man - 200 years later and the conservative, anti-reform rags are still at his heels :lol: .

Prof Turley and his colleagues at Aberystwyth don't really have any concrete (pardon the pun...) proof for their claims of where precisely in Winchester Keats wrote 'To Autumn' and what countryside may have inspired him there to choose particular images over others. And their claim that Keats's 'To Autumn' is more political than previously accepted because the land Keats may have been admiring in his poem was owned by a profiteer landowner, seems a little tenuous. Doesn't this repeat Andrew Motion's mistake of trying to create a (sensational? sellable?) new angle by "reading in" more politics than is critically sustainable? In my experience such approaches tend to underestimate the transformative power of the poetic imagination. The images that Keats gave us carry far more significance than the actual landscape of the time which may (or may not) have inspired them.

What do others think?

Re: Keats in the Daily Mail today

PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:57 pm
by Cath
O God, now the Prof. is telling The Guardian that 'To Autumn' is therefore "a far angrier poem" than we have been led to believe:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/mar/23/john-keats-autumnal-idealist-social-commentator?INTCMP=SRCH

I really don't get political anger from Keats's poem - rather I feel a senuous revelling and delight in beauty, for example.

I'm remaining skeptical about this ideology-driven "unexpected political angle".

Re: Keats in the Daily Mail today

PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2012 12:19 pm
by jesleeall
I agree with you, Cath. I simply can't read the poem and come up with "angry" or "political." I think Andrew Motion was stretching things a bit with his bio; Prof. Turley's thesis sounds silly.

Re: Keats in the Daily Mail today

PostPosted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 2:55 pm
by Cath
Just noticed that Prof. Turley also authored the book which claimed that Keats had a foot fetish - it was reviewed by the TLS as “excitable, irresponsible criticism.”

He seems intent to revel in provoking disaggrement and outrage rather than contributing to the academic debate about Keats's life and work - it's all about impact rather than credibility.

Re: Keats in the Daily Mail today

PostPosted: Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:40 pm
by Raphael
Just noticed that Prof. Turley also authored the book which claimed that Keats had a foot fetish - it was reviewed by the TLS as “excitable, irresponsible criticism.”


A foot fetish?! :shock: Good Lord what nonsense- John would be rolling his eyes at that. Did he make this silly connection by reading John's dislike of smelly woollen stockings? :lol: What daft book was this in?



He seems intent to revel in provoking disaggrement and outrage rather than contributing to the academic debate about Keats's life and work - it's all about impact rather than credibility.


The person John addresses in the poem is Autumn personified as a Goddess not a farm labourer!

Re: Keats in the Daily Mail today

PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:03 am
by Cath
Raphael wrote:A foot fetish?! :shock: Good Lord what nonsense- John would be rolling his eyes at that. Did he make this silly connection by reading John's dislike of smelly woollen stockings? :lol: What daft book was this in?


Keats's Boyish Imagination (2003). But let's not encourage him, this guy is interested in attention rather than Keats :wink: .