Romantic dream...your views

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Romantic dream...your views

Postby Steen » Fri Aug 12, 2005 10:01 pm

I was reading some of Keats stuff a while ago and I reasoned to think just what world he lived in. What was his perfect world?
Any ideas?
And what is yours?
My view is that he wanted a humanaterian pastoral paradise, a bit like the Shire in Lord of the Rings. I mean sitting around in the sunshine smoking pipeweed all day sounds right up his ally.
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Postby Endymion » Sat Aug 20, 2005 12:04 am

"Pastoral paradise" is, I think, a great expression that would desccribe it to me. Something like "The Sleeping Shepherd" by Samuel Palmer.

The countryside, some shepherds, old ruins to muse over, a little community here and there ... nothing that would have an impact on the physical world the way we are now.

I think of Keats every time I wander around Wallingford.
"He Stood in His Shoes and he Wondered
He Wondered
He Stood in his Shoes and He Wondered."
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