The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet

Couverture
Oxford University Press, 2000 - 244 pages
0 Avis
Les avis ne sont pas validés, mais Google recherche et supprime les faux contenus lorsqu'ils sont identifiés
This book surveys the poetic endeavor of Keats and urges that his true poetry is uniquely constituted by being uttered through three artificial masks, rather than through the natural voice of his quotidian self. The first mask is formed by the attitudes and reality that ensue from a conscious commitment to the identity of poet as such. The second, called here the "Mask of Camelot," takes shape from Keats's acceptance and compelling use of the vogue for medieval imaginings that was sweeping across Europe in his time. The third, the "Mask of Hellas," eventuated from Keats's enthusiastic immersion in the rising tide of Romantic Hellenism. Keats's great achievement, the book argues, can only be ascertained by means of a resuscitation of the defunct critical category of "genius," as that informs his use of the masks. To validate this category, the volume is concerned throughout with the necessity of discriminating the truly poetic from the meretricious in Keats's endeavor. The Mask of
Keats thus constitutes a criticism of and rebuke to the deconstructive approach, which must treat all texts and must entirely forgo the conception of quality.

À l'intérieur du livre

Avis des internautes - Rédiger un commentaire

Aucun commentaire n'a été trouvé aux emplacements habituels.

Table des matières

The Two Masks I
1
The Mask of Camelot
26
Life Mask and Death Mask
59
Aspects of the Mask of Hellas
77
The Narrative Line
119
The Churning of Genius
164
The Great Achievement
179
Index
229
Droits d'auteur

Expressions et termes fréquents

À propos de l'auteur (2000)


Thomas McFarland is Murray Professor of English Literature Emeritus at Princeton University.

Informations bibliographiques