So, how much do you really know about Keats?

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Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Jan 26, 2006 1:39 am

Didn't he go hide under Clarke's desk?
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Postby Malia » Thu Jan 26, 2006 7:09 am

Yes.

He would hide under the master's desk and "fight it out alone"(to quote Aileen Ward's account)--which I assume means he would cry. "Poor little shaver!" (That's what Amy Lowell once referred to him as. I always think Keats would have rolled his eyes to hear anyone say someting like that of him, though. I don't think he'd relish being called 'little' in any sense. hehe) OK, enough of my rhodomontade.

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Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 26, 2006 9:48 am

Malia wrote: rhodomontade.



I think you should get a medal for actually using this word in a sentence :lol:
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Postby Malia » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:00 pm

Well, I tried to use it. :lol:
Just looked it up in the dictionary--to make sure I knew what I was talking about--and "rodomontade" actually means vain boasting or ranting. Hmm. . .I don't think I used it correctly as I was merely blathering or "running off at the mouth--er--keyboard" hehe.

Great word, though. I will definitely try to use it more often! :wink:
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Postby Despondence » Thu Jan 26, 2006 8:04 pm

Well if nothing else, you made me look it up.. :)
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Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:26 pm

It's a nice word I like it :)

Now back to the questions:

What was Keats' first published poem, and in which publication did it appear?
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Postby Malia » Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:48 pm

I thought it was Credo Buffa's turn to ask a question. . . :?
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Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 26, 2006 10:56 pm

Well I can't wait all day - are there rules to this or did I miss something? :roll:
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Postby Despondence » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:01 pm

I don't see a problem with multiple questions in the air simultaneously. In fact, I think, if someone has an interesting question/trivia in store, just throw it out there...the more the merrier. (aren't women supposed to better than men at multitasking anyway? ;) )

As to Stephen's question (sorry, gonna take me a while to adjust to Saturn), wasn't it "Imitation of Spencer", introduced in Leigh Hunt's perdiodical at that time, which I forget the name of...The Examiner? Some guesswork here :)
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Postby Despondence » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:18 pm

Noooooooooo! I was wrong....oh the shame!
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Postby Malia » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:19 pm

We had some discussion about the logistics of the game a few posts back. The thought was the person who correctly answered the question asked the next question--but I suppose it doesn't *have* to work that way. I just thought it would be fun way to ask and answer questions. And the "carrot" (i.e. prize) you get by answering the question correctly was having the chance to ask your own question.

My opinion is "majority rules" and however everyone want to play is perfectly fine--I just suggested it as a fun way to share Keats trivia. (And I've been having a lot of fun with it--you guys have *great* questions :) )

I suggest that right now we wait to post or answer another question until Credo Buffa posts her question and we can get her opinion (since she was the last person to correctly answer a question) about other people posting questions at the same time as the person who guessed correctly so that we're all on the same page about how we want to post/answer questions.

Credo Buffa is pretty active on the board, so I don't think we'd have to wait too long for her to post a trivia question.
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Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:22 pm

There's no shame in being wrong

It was Leigh Hunt who first brought him before the world in print, publishing without comments, in the Examiner for the 5th of May, 1816, his sonnet beginning 'O Solitude! if I with thee must dwell,'


and you must call me Stephen if you like :wink: :D
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Postby Saturn » Thu Jan 26, 2006 11:24 pm

Okay, now the ground rules are set down we can wait for Credo.

There's plenty of other threads to post in I suppose :evil:
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Postby Despondence » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:02 am

Saturn wrote:There's no shame in being wrong

No of course not :) I just curse my flippant mental faculties letting me down like that!
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Postby Malia » Fri Jan 27, 2006 12:12 am

Remember, it is only through our mistakes that we learn! hehe (Please imagine me saying this with a fake 'mother superior' tone of voice--meant to be teasing :wink: )
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