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The Masks of KeatsThe Endeavour of a Poet$
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Thomas McFarland

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186458

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186458.001.0001

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The Mask of Camelot

The Mask of Camelot

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The Masks of Keats

Thomas McFarland

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For this chapter, we assume two significant configurations — one is represented by the Mask of Camelot while the other accounts for the various understandings, social agreements, and psychological guesses which comprise a figure called John Keats. Because John Keats, in this context, is treated merely as text or as a literary figure, the character can assume a number of different traits, such as the possession of intense sexual passion. Looking, on the other hand, on the Mask of Camelot, we realize that the central male figure in ‘The Eve of St. Agnes’ called Porphyro also has this immense inclination to sexual desires. Porphyro serves as a mask that justifies John Keats's sexual frustrations. It is important to note, however, that both these characters are taken as nothing more than something to intentionally attract a reader's attention, regardless of their contrasting traits.

Keywords:   character, John Keats, Porphyro, mask, literary figure, Mask of Camelot

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