Raphael wrote:Madness- John is the best Romantic poet ever!!!!
Ennis wrote:Raphael wrote:Madness- John is the best Romantic poet ever!!!!
He's the best poet ever. . . !
Saturn wrote:I can't quite understand that at all, unless it only covered the early Romantics like Coleridge, Southey Wordsworth's work up to the early 1800s which is the early Romantic period, but if it did cover the entire 1770s-1830s period without mentioning Keats I can't believe that.
They were all actively involved in politics, ironically, except Keats. We know he had semi-liberal views and was outspoken about Hunt's imprisonment, anti-church establishment and the Prince regent etc, but Keats was never involved seriously in any way with politics beyond reading The Examiner, forming his own views and debating them with his friends.
I still can't get my head around why Keats would be left out, politics can't be the reason.
Cybele wrote:Good heavens!
I took mostly survey English Lit classes in college and Keats (and the other Romantics, too, of course!) was most certainly covered. In fact, my first encounter with our Mr. Keats was -- believe it or not – in grade school.
In the dreadful way that poetry was taught back then, we were required to memorize “Ode on a Grecian Urn” and then engage in endless & tedious discussions about “what the poet really meant.” (It will surprise none of you to learn that we Catholic school girls didn't have to discuss the “still unravished bride” bit. LOL!)
This afternoon, one of my daughters' friends stopped by. He teaches English Lit.*with an emphasis on the Romantics* at a local community college. My guess would be that the neglect of Keats is not all that common.
But on the other hand, my well-read, intelligent (Canadian) son-in-law was only vaguely aware of the existence of our guy until I had a “geek-out” in front of a giant poster in a movie theater in Winnipeg publicizing“Bright Star” prior to the North American release of the movie.
Someone here on the forum not too long ago (was it Ennis?) posted that folks in Hampstead were mostly unaware of the existence/location of the Keats House—
So here's a serious question: Could the fact that British Lit is so rich have lead to the neglect of even mentioning one of the second generation Romantics?
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