|Plot Summary of John Keats|
|" John Keats was a second generation Romantic. In examining Keats' major poems people must take into account that his work served as a criticism toward the literature, sexuality, politics of the time he lived in. His feelings are reflected in his work, and although he was an optimistic humanist, he doubted the necessity of things like art and beauty.
John Keats was born on Halloween, October 31, 1795 in London, England. Keats' father died after suffering a fractured skull when Keats was only seven years old. His mother remarried, but soon left her new husband, and took her children to live with her mother. Keats' mother died from tuberculosis when he was 13 years old, leaving Keats and his siblings in the care of their grandmother.
Keats developed a theory regarding poets which he called "The Negative Capability Theory". This theory states that truly great people, especially poets, possess the ability to accept the fact that not everything can be resolved. Another of Keats' theories was known as the "Mansion of Many Apartments", which stated that people were capable of different levels of thought. These "apartments" served as deeper levels of thought. "
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of John Keats|
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Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Very much smarter than other people
- physically sick
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 8 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- A few 1-5 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Lot of titilating info about love life?
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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