Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives
In late December 1817, when attempting to name "what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature," John Keats coined the term "negative capability," which he glossed as "being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason." Since then negative capability has continued to shape assessments of and responses to Keats's work, while also surfacing in other contexts ranging from contemporary poetry to punk rock. The essays collected in this volume, taken as a whole, account for some of the history of negative capability, and propose new models and directions for its future in scholarly and popular discourse.
Liverpool University Press
John Keats, Early 19th Century Literature, Poetry
English Language and Literature | Literature in English, British Isles | Poetry
Theune, Michael and Rejack, Brian, "Keats's Negative Capability: New Origins and Afterlives" (2019). IWU Authors Bookshelf. 106.