Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography

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Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography

Posthumous Keats A Personal Biography Posthumous Keats is the result of Stanley Plumly s twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England s greatest Romanticists John Keats s famous epitaph Here lies One Whose Name w

  • Title: Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography
  • Author: Stanley Plumly
  • ISBN: 9780393065732
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Posthumous Keats is the result of Stanley Plumly s twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England s greatest Romanticists John Keats s 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, dead of tuberculosis at twenty five, saw his mortality as fatalPosthumous Keats is the result of Stanley Plumly s twenty years of reflection on the enduring afterlife of one of England s greatest Romanticists John Keats s 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, dead of tuberculosis at twenty five, saw his mortality as fatal to his poetry, and therein, 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, whose poetic influence remains immense 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.

    Fanny Brawne Frances Fanny Brawne Lindon August December is best known for her betrothal to English Romantic poet John Keats, a fact largely unknown until , when Keats s letters to her were published.Their engagement, lasting from December until Keats s death in February , spanned some of the most poetically productive years of his life. John Keats Biography Early life John Keats was born in Moorgate, London, on October to Thomas Keats and his wife, Frances Jennings.There is little evidence of his exact birth place Although Keats and his family seem to have marked his birthday on October, baptism records give the date as the st. Awards Honors The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Book Honors The Snowy Day Caldecott Medal from the American Library Association, Film version wins Venice Film Festival Lion of Saint Mark Award for best short film for children, John Keats Poet Biography John Keats was a Romantic poet who was friends with Percy Bysshe Shelley and William Wordsworth He created the theory of Negative Capability Read about his life and work on Biography. William Shakespeare Early posthumous documentation Early posthumous documentation Shakespeare s family or friends, however, were not content with a simple gravestone, and, within a few years, a monument was erected on the chancel wall It seems to have existed by . The Complete Poems of John Keats Modern Library John The Complete Poems of John Keats Modern Library John Keats on FREE shipping on qualifying offers I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death, John Keats soberly prophesied in as he started writing the blankverse epic Hyperion Today he endures as the archetypal Romantic genius who explored the limits of the imagination and celebrated the pleasures When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be by John Keats read this poet s poems English Romantic poet John Keats was born on October , , in London The oldest of four children, he lost both his parents at a young age. Tennyson Complete Works World s Best Ultimate Collection Tennyson Complete Works World s Best Ultimate Collection Works Lord Alfred Tennyson s Complete Poems, Poetry, Epics, Plays, Writings Plus Biography, Annotations Musicality Definition of Musicality by Merriam Webster Recent Examples on the Web The overall message of the evening was the power and importance of musicality, both live instrumentation and strong vocal abilities Brandon T Harden, Philly, Jill Scott, Boyz II Men deliver sizzling homecoming performances at WDAS Summer Block Party, July How does their musicality play into a seemingly simple essence of motion DEATH d Banach If death is the unequivocal and permanent end of our existence, the question arises whether it is a bad thing to die There is conspicuous disagreement about the matter some people think death is dreadful others have no objection to death per se, though they hope their own will be neither premature nor painful.Those in the former category tend to think those in the latter are blind to the

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    1. Patrick on said:

      I just recently finished Stanley Plumly’s Posthumous Keats, which was quite a good read. The book is part biography, part memoir, part literary criticism. Specifically, the book covers the last 18 months of Keats’s life and beyond, the moment from his first hemorrhage to final days in Rome. Each chapter covers in detail an aspect of Keats’s posthumous existence. For example, the first chapter deals with the epitaph on Keats’s tomb in the protestant cemetery in Rome. Keats wanted only “ [...]

    2. Diann Blakely on said:

      Twenty years in the making, Plumly's exquisite book dips and swoops through the different periods in Keats' short life like one of his subject's great odes. If you remember the nightingale-inspired reverie into which the poet drifts until "Forlorn! the very word is like a bell" tolls him back to "[his] sole self," you'll have a good sense of the way Plumly's biography moves.There are several other excellent studies of Keats, from Jackson Bate's to Aileen Ward's to Helen Vendler's. Yet this is th [...]

    3. Elevate Difference on said:

      I think I shall be among the English Poets after my death.- John Keats to his brother George.Here lies one whose name was writ in water.- Keats’s epitaph, written by him just before he diedJohn Keats is the epitome—ah, alas!—of the genius artist who died too young. The ravage of tuberculosis felled him early after he wrote his immortal poems and—equally immortal—a large collection of the most illuminating, often funny and quick-witted, and astonishingly modern letters ever penned. As t [...]

    4. GraceAnne on said:

      Plumly notes that he has been reading and thinking about Keats' life and work for about as long as the poet was alive. This beautiful collection of essays about Keats' poetry and his life - focusing on his last three years is a rich and satisfying read.Keats was one of my major studies in college; he remains one of my favorite poets. "To Autumn" is one of the most perfect poems ever, anywhere.

    5. Julie Bozza on said:

      Hhhmmm 'a personal biography' is just the term for it. Much pondering to be pondered.

    6. Heather on said:

      My experience reading Posthumous Keats vacillated between the typical voyeuristic satisfaction of anyone reading a biography, as well as a deep engagement with Plumly's close readings of Keats's poems, to flat-out boredom with details that seemed unnecessary and more appropriate for some academic journal - another review mentions the interminable cataloguing of Severn's miniatures; I mean, really though? Also, Mr. Plumly, we get it, you are very very angry that Keats's friend Mr. Brown didn't c [...]

    7. Matt on said:

      Beautifully written in parts and with a real love of and affinity for Keats' life and work. He has mastered this subject, and then some- he has got to know more about Keats' late works and days than pretty much anyone in the world.Problem for me was, this obvious boon was the book's bane at the same time. I got way too weighed down as a reader with the almost slavish attention paid to the history of the actual texts- which is certainly interesting, but to a point.He also rehashes the histories a [...]

    8. Allison O'Toole on said:

      I try to read a lot of biographies but I often find it difficult to slog through countless dates and facts without any real narrative to tie them together. Plumly gets around that by throwing chronology to the wind, focusing on Keats' literary years. He also injects a good amount of literary analysis/criticism and his own personal opinions - it's nice to read a biography that regularly admits its own bias! The personal touches make this more engaging than most, and I found the whole thing just a [...]

    9. Daniel Klawitter on said:

      In the Romantic poetic trinity of Byron, Shelly and Keats, this particular reviewer is a Shelly manbut I found this book quite fascinating. The first 70 or so pages of this book are a rather slow and meandering meditation on the casting of Keat's death mask and other pictures/representations of the poet and his final months and days in his sick bed in Italy. But then the book really picks up with fascinating tidbits about Keats and his friends as they struggle not just with his illness of "consu [...]

    10. Jane on said:

      A scholarly and brilliantly written study of Keats' final years and work. Plumly's description of Keats' last hours, as recorded by Joseph Severn, evoke sorrow at the despair Keats felt about his degenerating body and spirit, as he could not know that posterity would consider him to be the finest of the Romantic poets. Plumly examines the effects of Keats' disappointment over unfavorable reviews, and his knowledge that his body was wasting away like his siblings'. The account is all the more poi [...]

    11. Jen on said:

      This is for the reader who already knows the bare bones of Keats' life. Plumly assumes that knowledge and proceeds to write some strange (and obscure) stories like the making of the death mask of Keats and some very telling letters he wrote to Fanny Brawne, revealed only after her death. To be honest, it was a slow start, but the final chapters were riveting, to me. Plumly probably recommends the Amy Lowell biography of Keats because he referred to it glowingly at least four times by my count.

    12. Betsy Kalman on said:

      This book was recommended by my mentor, Robert Clark. I was spellbound, start to finish. Stanley Plumly is an extraordinary writer and this work about John Keats final two years, his self-described "posthumous life," made me think a lot about the legacy of art. Keats' letters and poetry were his best during this period of time. Reading about his terminal months in Rome sent me to Google to look at the Spanish Stairs.

    13. Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore on said:

      This is really a great read, beautifully written by a poet obviously on Keat's side, and worthily And for those of us who write poems, takes into account one's hopeful and probably unknown and unknowable posthumosity (great new word I just invented use with caution!). Along the way we get a feel for both Keats and his peers and friends I'm still reading it!

    14. Vicky C on said:

      As a Keats novice, only familiar with a few odes, this required fair amount of concentration to get familiar with works and personalities but beautifully written. Inspired me to read more. Inevitably given the subject, rather a focus on the process, attitudes and philosophy of 19th century death so not a great read of you are feeling depressed.

    15. Ken on said:

      I read the first chapter of this book, which is a beautiful meditation on the last days of the life of the poet John Keats, a long time favorite of mine. The book, though is terribly sad, and I just don't think I have to fortitude to get through 11 chapters on Keats's death--so I've moved this over to books I won't finish.

    16. Amanda on said:

      Partly a biographical account, partly why Keats died as a penniless, anonymous man and now is on every lit classes' shelves, this raises excellent questions about whether art is only possible because we are mortal. One of the best parts for me was Plumly's inclusion of where/how Keats edited his writing between drafts, and the versions we know today.

    17. Rhiain on said:

      Beautifully written! This was an extremely moving account of one of the greats, and my favourite poet. A mixture of memoir, biography, and literature - this book brought Keats to life. It breaks my heart to think he died thinking his name was "writ in water". Rest in peace Mr Keats! You are definitely not forgotten. This awesome biography proves it!!

    18. Rich Martin on said:

      Reveals not only the great poet and his struggles and hardships but the strange story of how he became renowned (after his death).

    19. Abby on said:

      Thoughtful close readings, but confusing in its lack of chronological narrative and often repetitive in thoughts conveyed. The chapter on Fanny Brawne was particularly well-drawn.

    20. Brandon Harvey on said:

      I wanted a book about the poetry, but this is mostly about turning Keats into a fetish.

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