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2 Questions about John (due today)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:46 pm
by Miranda
How dose Mr. Keats fit into the ideals (zeitgeist) of the romantic era?

and

How has Mr. Keats influenced our society/ culture/ ideals of today?

Its for a college paper
Thanks a ton

Re: 2 Questions about John (due today)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:17 pm
by Raphael
Miranda wrote:How dose Mr. Keats fit into the ideals (zeitgeist) of the romantic era?

and

How has Mr. Keats influenced our society/ culture/ ideals of today?

Its for a college paper
Thanks a ton


Well, it might have been better if you had asked us earlier as this is probably too late for you now sorry. They are big questions and I cannot answer them in full. But- how he fits into the ideals of the Romantic era- have you read his love letters and his poems such as Endymion ( which discusses ideals of human love versus immortal love)? You would also need to compare his poems to those of Shelley and Byron ( which I confess I am not that familiar with). Bright Star is a good example of his love poetry.

The second one- you ought to look at how he inspired the Pre Raphaelite artists- they painted some of his poems.It was they who brought him to the fore as he was largely unknown til then. He was also liked by Oscar Wilde. I don't know if he influences people in a big way today- as poetry isn't that popular outside university settings sadly.You might want to read Jane Campion's response to his poetry- she sees him as " a portal into the human heart." His philosphies such as Negative Capability are timeless and relevant to today. I think he was very much of his time, yet brought something timeless into th world- love, spirituality, questioning the nature of the soul etc.

Re: 2 Questions about John (due today)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:20 pm
by Miranda
Actually you are just in time!!!!! THANKS A TON!!!!!!
it has to be handed in at 5:30 :D

Forever in debt
Miranda!

Re: 2 Questions about John (due today)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:26 pm
by Miranda
I read the book "Keats and Shelley".... I also found Negative Compatibility very interesting (theres just not much about it around).... I also thought his Metaphor "Mansion of Many Apartments" was interesting.

Re: 2 Questions about John (due today)

PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 9:36 pm
by Raphael
Miranda wrote:I read the book "Keats and Shelley".... I also found Negative Compatibility very interesting (theres just not much about it around).... I also thought his Metaphor "Mansion of Many Apartments" was interesting.


Oh indeed- it is amazing! Listen to this lecture if there's still time- it is brilliant:

http://www.rc.umd.edu/blog_rc/?p=181

I'm in England- I don't know what time it is where you are. Best of luck with your essay- and I hope you will come back and join in our Keatsian discussions!

If you look around the board there are some threads about Negative Capability with some article links.