Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography Hardcover – 2 Sep 2008
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Mr. Plumly writes beautifully and very movingly.--Charles McGrath
A beautiful book. . . . [W]hen Plumly turns his laser-like gaze on Keats letters and his verse, the book is brilliant. --Nicholas Delbanco"
Mr. Plumly writes beautifully and very movingly. --Charles McGrath"
Plumly has written a book to last: worthy of its subject and commensurate with both words of its title. --Robert Pinsky" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
* STANLEY PLUMLY has written nine books of poetry. His many honours include the William Carlos Williams Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Plumly is a Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Top Customer Reviews
It's a complex, sad tale - the "blue devils", the terrible crossing and quarantine outside of Naples, the disintegration of Keats's mind and all hope, the end of the poetry, the impossibility of ever seeing Fanny again. You need those moments when, out of patience with the inedible food, Keats deftly dispatches the spaghetti from the window of his coffin-like room; Severn tenderly placing wild flowers in the carriage taking Keats to Rome and to death; the poet's wit and fine language in his letter of refusal to Shelley prior to his departure...
Plumly's fine writing serves to intensify the reader's experience and to concentrate feeling. "For a month," Plumly writes, "it had not rained, each day the heat building into clouds from which nothing fell but heaviness and humidity" (p.99). Later: "To see as a poet, a true dreamer," he writes, "is to see as a healer and a knower" (p.182). Shelley's life is described as "about running, moving, disappearing" (p.98) while Trelawny - the butt of many a Romantic scholar's jokes - is characterised more humanely, as "ever inventive, always looking ahead" (p.102). Even consumption begins to sound beautiful when Plumly takes up his pen: "The lily or the snow or pale fire or the thin gray ash of the flesh withdrawn from the bone - these are some of the manifestations of the deadly consumptive illness that was known by many names" (p. 237).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am interested, fascinated by Keats the poet, but this book is not an easy read, and I have not had time to read beyond the incredibly graphic and sad telling of Keats death.Published on 4 Sept. 2013 by Celia Freije