Abstract

This Essay argues that the emotional character John Keats's poetry developed in an agonized attempt to reconcile two aesthetic modes that were themselves responses to contemporary conceptions of ownership and consumption. The first of these aethetic modes (the synoptic), makes intensive use of space in order to simulate a masterful form of possession. The second (the ephemeral) privileges temporal intensity, and mimics the consumption of ephemera, which we most closely associate with the affective tone of Keats's most important poetry.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0201
Print ISSN
0193-5380
Pages
pp. 221-244
Launched on MUSE
2010-04-30
Open Access
No
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