Saturn wrote:I really admire what you're doing Denise - that amount of work!!
Just reading about it terrifies me
The angle you have chosen is an excellent one, and very wide ranging which can only help as Keats observation for nature was acute, surgeon-like in its precision.
What we don;t do as much of in today's society, or what we don;t have the opportunity or the time to do is actually observe as Keats was able to do. I often marvel in reading the biographies of the romantic poets at their long excursions in nature - Coleridge and Wordsworth's great treks across Windermere, Keats and Brown's mammoth Scottish expedition, Byron and Shelley in Switzerland etc. etc.
Life moved at a much slower pace in the pre-railway/automobile age of course - nothing was faster than a galloping horse and people walked out of necessity, not for keeping fit.
They used their senses more than we do I suspect, didn't take the natural world for granted. They saw, smelt and felt what nature was like and [luckily for us] they had a great talent for describing what they saw, heard and felt.
They [i'e. the Romantics] felt an affinity for nature in a way that it is hard even today to explain. They were the first generation really who had a compassion, a reallove for nature as a thing itself - proto-environmentalists?
I'm just musing Denise not sure what I'm saying here and this isn;t specifically about Keats but I would need to do a bit of research.
Raphael wrote:Good luck on your thesis. I think you will find the following book very helpful:
Guy Murchie- the Spirit of Place in Keats.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_nos ... &x=16&y=15
He describes how places inform the poems- landscape, mood etc. It was published in 1955 and easily the best book on John Keats I've read so far. It is very well researched- Guy Murchie actually came over from the USA and went to all the places John had lived in/stayed at. there is a foreward in there by the then curator of Keats House.
This was a very good book. I really enjoyed it.
I *think* it may have been this book that led me to a book about the founder of John Clarke's school that the Keats boys attended.
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