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The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet

Thomas McFarland


This book surveys the poetic endeavour of John Keats and urges that his true poetry is uniquely constituted by being uttered through three artificial masks, rather than through the natural voice of his quotidian self. The first mask is formed by the attitudes and reality that ensue from a conscious commitment to the identity of poet as such. The second, called here the Mask of Camelot, takes shape from Keats's acceptance and compelling use of the vogue for medieval imaginings that was sweeping across Europe in his time. The third, the Mask of Hellas, eventuated from Keats's enthusiastic immers ... More

Keywords: John Keats, Romantic Hellenism, deconstructive approach, identity, genius

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas McFarland, author
Princeton University