Book of the Heart: The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats

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SteinerBooks, 1993 - Počet stran: 240

Keats stands as a prophetic precursor behind much in today's radical attempts at cultural and self-transformation. But this side of him has been forgotten, or at least was never taken very seriously. He is remembered, if at all, mostly as a Romantic poet whose value and standing was magnified by his early death. Eclipsed by the lushly sensuous affection of his poems, the real meaning of his life and the greatness of his achievement in poetics--how one makes sense out of experience--has been ignored.

Now Andrés Rodríguez redresses the balance by granting to Keats' Letters their huge intellectual and spiritual labor. In these Letters, one of the most inspiritng spiritual documents of the West, we see the poet forming and transfroming a passionate life of great joys and sorrows into a self of imagination and power.

Book of the Heart grasps the core of Keats' poetical practice of life, uncovering the path of knowledge that the Letters reveal. United with Keats in an imaginative union that is as moving as it is true, Rodríguez presents Keats as a hero of the heart, whose deep life experience oriented him in a unique way toward the world of love, suffering, death, and creativity.


Introduction: A Noisy, Savage Genius

1. Keat's Letters and the Complex Mind
2. The Penetralium of Mystery
3. The Light of Supreme Darkness
4. From Feathers to Iron
5. The Chamber of Maiden Thought
6. The World out There
7. The Vale of Soul-making
8. Love's Patient, Sleepless Eremite

Conclusion: Will and Beauty

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A Noisy Savage Genius
Keatss Letters and the Complex Mind
The Penetralium of Mystery
The Light of Supreme Darkness
From Feathers To Iron
The Chamber of Maiden Thought 333
The Vale of SoulMaking
Loves Patient Sleepless Eremite
Will and Beauty
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Strana 40 - Dilke, on various subjects; several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously — I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason...
Strana 91 - Nor less I deem that there are Powers Which of themselves our minds impress; That we can feed this mind of ours In a wise passiveness.
Strana 49 - Heart's affections and the truth of Imagination* — What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth — whether it existed before or not — for I have the same Idea of all our Passions as of Love they are all in their sublime, creative of essential Beauty...
Strana 55 - I scarcely remember counting upon any Happiness. I look not for it if it be not in the present hour. Nothing startles me beyond the Moment. The setting sun will always set me to rights, or if a Sparrow come before my Window, I take part in its existence and pick about the Gravel.
Strana 53 - O for a Life of Sensations rather than of Thoughts! It is 'a Vision in the form of Youth' a Shadow of reality to come...
Strana 60 - Lovers and madmen have such seething brains, Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends. The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, Are of imagination all compact : One sees more devils than vast hell can hold ; That is, the madman : the lover, all as frantic, Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt...

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Andrés Rodríguez was educated at the University of Iowa (B.A.), Stanford (M.A.), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (Ph.D.). He lives in Kansas City and works as a poet and independent scholar.

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