Notes on John Keats

relationship with nature

  • connected with eternal life
  • all sensations/senses
  • concerned with language and how it conveys sense
    • no philosophizing

philosophers’ conclusions are always contingent and he doesn’t want that

  • “life of sensations”
  • senses are disregarded in logical thought, Keats lives in senses
  • form becomes content
  • “axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses”

art for art’s sake

  • influence on modern art, aestheticism

“Ode on a Grecian Urn”

  • immortality of this image, frozen at an “almost”
    • before the kiss, the heard melody, the sacrifice
    • art is able to capture this
    • importance of imagination – just about to happen but hasn’t yet
    • using all 5 senses – anything more true than sensation? without sense what is the use of though?
      • no spirituality without sense
        • interpreted as pagan

 

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