1820: Poetics “In the Spirit of Outlawry”

  title={1820: Poetics “In the Spirit of Outlawry”},
  author={Jeffrey C. Robinson},
  journal={European Romantic Review},
  pages={157 - 174}
ABSTRACT Far from simply a miscellany of what are now canonical poems, Keats's 1820 volume (1820) puts forward a consistent program of radical poetics. “We hate poetry that has a palpable design upon us.” I argue that 1820 unfolds a theory and practice that experiment with what poetry refusing a “palpable design” might look like. The romances in 1820 are read thematically as dramas of successful or unsuccessful attempts at controlling the desires of the other. In all the poems the poet seeks to… 


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