Words

 

Keats

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when man is capable of being in
uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any
irritable reaching after fact and reason

Negative Capability


"...several things dovetailed in my mind and at once
it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of
Achievement especially in Literature and which
Shakespeare possessed so enormously--I mean Negative
Capability, that is when man is capable of being in
uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any
irritable reaching after fact and reason...

Letter to George and Thomas Keats, December 1817

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Headlong

"In Endymion I leaped headlong into the sea, and therefore have become better acquainted with the soundings, the quicksands and the rocks, than if I had stayed upon the green shore, and piped a silly pipe, and taken tea and comfortable advice."

Letter to James Hessey October 1818

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Poetry

"Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject."

Letter to Reynolds, February 1818

"A poet is the most unpoetical of any thing in existence, because he has no identity; he is continually in for - and filling some other body."

Letter to Richard Woodhouse October 1817

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Love

"I wish I could invent some means to make me at all happy without you. Every hour I am more and more concentrated in you; everything else tastes like chaff in my mouth."

Letter to Fanny Brawne, August 1820

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Water

"Here lies one whose name was writ in water"

Epitaph for himself

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted December 2003
rachelkellett@rediffmail.com