Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

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Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Raphael » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:58 am

From Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality: The Keatsian Dimension
by Charles Ngiewih TEKE, PhD


Here's an interesting article I found:


http://www.literature-study-online.com/ ... icism.html
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Saturn » Thu Mar 25, 2010 9:30 am

I was about to delete this thread until I saw who had posted it, the title made me think it was spam :lol:
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Raphael » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:39 pm

Saturn wrote:I was about to delete this thread until I saw who had posted it, the title made me think it was spam :lol:


I never thought of that ! I couldn't put the whole title in the subject box as it wouldn't fit. If I had typed Keats and eroticism that might have also beeen taken for spam! :lol:
As it happens this article is a serious consideration of eroticism as a spiritual expression in his works- which actually I agree with.
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Cybele » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:09 am

I noticed that the author of this article listed Jack Stillinger's "The Hoodwinking of Madeline" in the references.
I loved this book -- I had one "Ah ha!" moment after another. -- I'm fond of books that challenge the reader to view a favorite poem from different viewpoints.

Thanks for the link to the article, Raphael. It's a good one. Those reviewers who had so savaged Keats's poems denigrated Keats for his sensuality without acknowledging that Keats recognized the very spiritual aspects sexuality.
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Raphael » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:58 am

Cybele wrote:I noticed that the author of this article listed Jack Stillinger's "The Hoodwinking of Madeline" in the references. I loved this book -- I had one "Ah ha!" moment after another. -- I'm fond of books that challenge the reader to view a favorite poem from different viewpoints.

Hello Cybele! He has been mentioned before on here as being good at his views of the poems.


hanks for the link to the article, Raphael. It's a good one. Those reviewers who had so savaged Keats's poems denigrated Keats for his sensuality without acknowledging that Keats recognized the very spiritual aspects sexuality.


Yes indeed- I know he wrote a few cheeky poems in fun like O blush not so but mostly his sensuality was very spiritual and beautiful- especially in Endymion.
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby BrokenLyre » Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:41 pm

I wonder how this article ties into Christopher Ricks' book "Keats and Embarrassment"? Anyone?
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Cybele » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:08 am

BrokenLyre wrote:I wonder how this article ties into Christopher Ricks' book "Keats and Embarrassment"? Anyone?


Oh my -- I read this one years ago. (In fact, I originally read it shortly after it was published, back when I first became interested in Keats.) I'm afraid to say that at the time, it didn't make much of an impression one me. I also took a lot of grief from my husband, who thought that the title was hilarious. (Hey -- what the heck does he know, anyway? :) )

It's quite possible, tho', that I didn't approach it with the right attitude. (That is, I was searching for hard biographical facts at the time, rather than just absorbing and thinking about the ideas put forth in the book. -- This is a mistake I frequently make.)

The fact that it's been re-printed at least once says something positive about it.

I think maybe I should re-read this one. Thanks for reminding about it.
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Re: Eroticism To Psycho-Aesthetics And Spirituality

Postby Raphael » Sun Mar 28, 2010 12:30 am

Is Keats and Embarrassment a book?
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