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John Keats and the Ideas of the Enlightenment

Porscha Fermanis


John Keats is generally considered to be the least intellectually sophisticated of all the major Romantic poets, but he was a more serious thinker than either his contemporaries or later scholars have acknowledged. This book provides a major reassessment of Keats' intellectual life by considering his engagement with a formidable body of eighteenth-century thought from the work of Voltaire, Robertson, and Gibbon to Hutcheson, Hume, and Smith. The book re-examines some of Keats' most important poems, including The Eve of St Agnes, Hyperion, Lamia, and Ode to Psyche, in the light of a range of En ... More

Keywords: John Keats, Romantic poets, intellectual life, eighteenth century, The Eve of St Agnes, Hyperion, Lamia, Ode to Psyche, Enlightenment, poetic agenda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780748637805
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637805.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Porscha Fermanis, author