Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography (Paperback)
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Short Description for Posthumous Keats A result of twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England's greatest Romantic poets - John Keats, this book meditates on the chances for poetic immortality - an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats. It is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet who managed to achieve the unthinkable.
- Published: 09 February 2010
- Format: Paperback 400 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780393337723 ISBN 10: 0393337723
- Sales rank: 461,751
Full description for Posthumous Keats
"Posthumous Keats" is the result of twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England's greatest Romantic poets. John Keats' famous epitaph - 'Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water' helped cement his reputation as the archetype of the genius cut off before his time. Keats, who died of tuberculosis at twenty-five, saw his mortality as fatal to his poetry and therein, Stanley Plumly argues, lies his tragedy: Keats thought he had failed in his mission 'to be among the English poets'. In this close narrative study, Plumly meditates on the chances for poetic immortality - an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats. Incisive in its observations and beautifully written, "Posthumous Keats" is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet - a man who, against the odds of his culture and critics, managed to achieve the unthinkable: the elevation of the lyric poem to sublime and tragic status.