John Keats’ Critics

Hey guys! Out of all of the books that we’ve studied over the past two years, John Keats was the hardest for me to get critics of. Most of the critics of his time HATED Leigh Hunt, and kinda didn’t notice Keats own work even when they were writing essays on why it sucks.

Luckily, the Intrenet exists today. More critics from other time period’s opinions matter now.

Here are some to spice up your A2 essays:

[Mr. Keats] is a copyist of Mr. Hunt; but he is more unintelligible, almost as rugged, twice as diffuse, and ten times more tiresome and absurd then his prototype.

But Mr. Keats has advanced no dogmas which he was bound to support by examples: his nonsense therefore is quite gratutious he writes it for his own sake.

He [Keats] cannot indeed write a sentence but perhaps he may be able to spin a line.

John Wilson Croker

It is a better and wiser thing to be a starved [doctor] than a starved poet; so back to the shop Mr. John, back to “plaster, pills, and ointment boxes” & c.

John Gibson Lockhart

Keats’ relation to ‘the poet’ is as much a factor n his thought and writing as are the fall of Napoleon or civil unrest in England

Vincent Newey

A reader of Keats’s works cannot help being struck by the abundance of female figures. Every major poem involves at least one feminine character.

Karla Awles

Allusion as articulation: Keats’s use of music as an idea, although it tells us a great deal about the poet’s attitude toward music, also tells us much more.

John A. Minahan

Romantic poetry [is] a reaction against science.

William Harold Hunter


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