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The Romantic poet John Keats, considered by many as one of the greatest poets in the English language, has long been the subject of attention from scholars who seek to understand him and poets who seek to emulate him. Bridging these impulses, A Brighter Word Than Bright is neither historical biography nor scholarly study, but instead a biography of Keats’s poetic imagination. Here the noted poet Dan Beachy-Quick enters into Keats’s writing—both his letters and his poems—not to critique or judge, not to claim or argue, but to embrace the passion and quickness of his poetry and engage the aesthetic difficulties with which Keats grappled.
Combining a set of biographical portraits that place symbolic pressure on key moments in Keats’s life with a chronological examination of the development of Keats-as-poet through his poems and letters, Beachy-Quick explores the growth of the young man’s poetic imagination during the years of his writing life, from 1816 to 1820. A Brighter Word Than Bright aims to enter the poems and the mind that wrote them, to explore and mine Keats’s poetic concerns and ambitions. It is a mimetic tribute to the poet’s life and work, a brilliant enactment that is also a thoughtful consideration.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Apology
  2. pp. xiii-xvi
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  1. A Note on the Book
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. First Portrait: Young Keats, Weeping Beneath the Desk
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1816
  2. pp. 3-4
  1. Muse
  2. pp. 5-7
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  1. Muse
  2. pp. 8-9
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  1. Silence
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. Sacred & Profane
  2. pp. 12-14
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  1. Genius
  2. pp. 15-17
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  1. Inspiration
  2. pp. 18-20
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  1. Imagination
  2. pp. 21-24
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  1. Thought
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Beauty
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Eros
  2. pp. 29-30
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  1. Second Portrait: Apprenticeship
  2. pp. 31-34
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  1. 1817
  2. pp. 35-36
  1. The Burden of a Shepherd Song
  2. pp. 37-53
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  1. Third Portrait: Ascent & Descent
  2. pp. 54-56
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  1. 1818
  2. pp. 57-58
  1. Failure–Genius–Self
  2. pp. 59-62
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  1. Indolence–Ambition–Imagination
  2. pp. 63-67
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  1. Knowledge–Thought–Confusion
  2. pp. 68-73
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  1. Abstraction–Wonder–Witness
  2. pp. 74-78
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  1. Magnet–Pursuit–Gap
  2. pp. 79-83
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  1. Fourth Portrait: Of Thrushes & Sparrows (A Palimpsest, 1817–1820)
  2. pp. 84-88
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  1. 1819
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. Of the Odes: A Speculative Context
  2. pp. 91-95
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  1. Indolence; or, The First Seen Shades Return
  2. pp. 96-101
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  1. Psyche; or, The Wreath’d Trellis of a Working Brain
  2. pp. 102-108
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  1. Melancholy; or, The Rainbow of the Salt Sand-Wave
  2. pp. 109-113
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  1. Nightingale; or, Fled Is That Music
  2. pp. 114-123
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  1. Urn; or, To What Green Altar
  2. pp. 124-129
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  1. Autumn; or, Careless on a Granary Floor
  2. pp. 130-135
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  1. Fifth Portrait: Envelopes (Opened & Unopened) & Aeolian Harps
  2. pp. 136-138
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  1. 1820
  2. pp. 139-140
  1. The Many Last Months: Imagination’s Ambivalence
  2. pp. 141-146
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  1. Sixth Portrait: The Late Flowers
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. Last Portrait: Of His Hand
  2. pp. 149-152
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 153-162
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 163-165
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 166-166
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609382049
Print ISBN
9781609381844
MARC Record
OCLC
857347369
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2013-10-21
Language
English
Open Access
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