Sunday, October 24, 2004

I agree with Hammerin' Hank Gould about Keats: "Keats was the one who found a balance - an equilibrium - between tradition & origination; Keats was the one who bested Milton, not through Vision (Blake) & not through Wisdom (Wordsworth) but through sheer Lyric (music)". all the Romantics seem to be on stage, but Keats had an earnest awareness of his poetic persona, plus a perfect trust in his mythic vision. sure, he failed as much as anyone, clumsy juvenalia, but he was always securely in a poetic tradition. he wasn't making it up.
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