What was Keats view of the effect of the imagination?

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What was Keats view of the effect of the imagination?

Postby candygirl » Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:03 pm

Just wondering if you could help me with this... How is Keat's view of the imagination reflected in his poetry?
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Postby Despondence » Tue Mar 07, 2006 8:02 pm

The imagination has a central place in Keats poetry and philosophy - he wrote once: "Whatever the imagination seizes as beuty must be truth, whether it existed before or not." You'll want to look into the concept of "negative capability" for an answer to your question :) (use search engine on this site, then google, wikipedia, the library - whatever it takes!) A couple of prime examples are the Ode to a Greian Urn and La Belle Dame sans Merci - read and think about these in the context of negative capability.

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