Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography

W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - 392 Seiten
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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 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.

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It is hard not to want to know more about Keats and Brawne, and poet Plumly's linked essays on the life and death of Keats offer a subtle take. In addition to the love affair, Plumly also examines the ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

POSTHUMOUS KEATS: A Personal Biography

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A gentle, concentric chronology of the English poet's life, pausing occasionally for close—sometimes too close—discussions of poems and individual lines.Plumly (English/Univ. of Maryland; Old Heart ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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On He Flared
Cold Pastoral
This Mortal Body
A Dreaming Thing
Physician Nature
Season of Mists
Material Sublime
selected bibliography
list of illustrations

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Stanley Ross Plumly was born in Barnesville, Ohio on May 23, 1939. He received a bachelor's degree from Wilmington College in Ohio in 1961 and a master's degree from Ohio University in 1968. He taught at the University of Iowa, Princeton University, Columbia University, and the University of Houston before coming to the University of Maryland in 1985. He founded the graduate program in creative writing there before retiring 2018. His first collection of poetry, In the Outer Dark, was published 1970. His collections of poetry included Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New and Selected Poems 1970-2000, Orphan Hours, Against Sunset, and Old Heart: Poems. He was Maryland's poet laureate from 2009 to 2018. He edited the Ohio Review and the Iowa Review and several anthologies of poetry. He also wrote nonfiction books including Posthumous Keats, The Immortal Evening, and Elegy Landscapes: Constable and Turner and the Intimate Sublime. He died of complications from multiple myeloma on April 11, 2019 at the age of 79.

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