Yet before turning to the poetry, it may be useful first to address some of the central concerns of the poet, as expressed in his various letters to family and friends.
When in a room with the dangerous, leopardess-like woman Jane Cox, he felt her identity pressing in upon him: What is the proper role of the poet in society? In each case, Keats found a mind which was a narrow private path, not a "thoroughfare for all thoughts".
The urn cannot speak, in other words, until it is spoken to. Keats' man of negative capability had qualities that enabled him to "lose his self-identity, his 'imaginative identification' with and submission to things, and his power to achieve a unity with life".
A Poet is the most unpoetical of anything in existence, because he has no identity, he is continually filling some other body' In order for Keats to be able to create true poetry, one had to be able to remain in what may be states of conflict without 'irritably' reaching after facts or reasons.
Letter to Benjamin Bailey, 22 November ] [. All these poets, he claimed, lacked objectivity and universality in their view of the human condition and the natural world. Yet instead of fighting the other, Keats finds the situation to be one that is open for creativity.
It looks, on the face of it, as if the kind of genius Keats is thinking about, simply cannot make up his mind, and that is partly the case; but the reason he cannot make up his mind is because his own identity is precarious, and he is continually being invaded by the identies of other people.
Satori is reached without deliberate striving. He published only fifty-four poems, in three slim volumes and a Having met an Indian maiden, Endymion is torn between his love for this mortal woman and his idealized love for his immortal goddess.
For Unger, negative capability is the "denial of whatever in our contexts delivers us over to a fixed scheme of division and hierarchy and to an enforced choice between routine and rebellion.
These forms are the basis of a social structure, and which Unger calls formative contexts.
Negative capability is a term that was first coined by Keats, and is used to refer to the ability that humans have to transcend and think beyond the way that humans are conditioned to think.
The poet's turn of phrase[ edit ] Keats used the phrase only briefly in a private letter, and it became known only after his correspondence was collected and published.
Life is a source of great pain and anguish, and yet, oddly enough, to escape the pain and anguish through death is to lose the very thing that makes death desirable.A 5 page research paper on Keats and his theory.
The writer points to numerous examples of negative capability as it exists in Keats' poems and also discussed his vivid use of imagery as well. Additional focus is upon Keats' fascination with man and his relationship with nature. Bibliography lists 8 sources. 'The concept of Negative Capability is the ability to contemplate the world without the desire to try and reconcile contradictory aspects or fit it into closed and rational systems.' Keats was a romantic poet, full of intense passion and desire, yet shy and reserved.
The Art of “Negative Capability”: Keats on Embracing Uncertainty and Celebrating the Mysterious On the art of remaining in doubt “without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” By Maria Popova.
On John Keats' theory of "negative capability." If you’re a musician, writer, or other creative type, you’ve probably felt pressure at some point to cultivate a unique artistic “brand.
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and the concept of “Negative Capability”—“when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts.Download