Memory and recollections are central to John Keats’s reflection on poetry and the poetic process. Albeit evidently indebted to William Wordsworth, Keats progressively questions the role of subjective remembrance in poetic creation. After suggesting that Keats’s concept of “recollections” largely coincides with the memory of literary tradition, this article argues that his works and letters offer a number of elements that should be discussed against the backdrop of memory studies. On the one hand, his walking tour of Scotland in 1818 resulted in the celebration of poetic “lieux de mémoire”, sites embodying the tradition that he was hoping to recover and contribute to. On the other hand, Keats’s poems and correspondence offer ample evidence of his concern with the posthumous reception of his work and, by extension, his presence in cultural memory.

John Keats and the Memory of Poetry: A Survey of "Texts" and "Traces"

Marco Canani
2020

Abstract

Memory and recollections are central to John Keats’s reflection on poetry and the poetic process. Albeit evidently indebted to William Wordsworth, Keats progressively questions the role of subjective remembrance in poetic creation. After suggesting that Keats’s concept of “recollections” largely coincides with the memory of literary tradition, this article argues that his works and letters offer a number of elements that should be discussed against the backdrop of memory studies. On the one hand, his walking tour of Scotland in 1818 resulted in the celebration of poetic “lieux de mémoire”, sites embodying the tradition that he was hoping to recover and contribute to. On the other hand, Keats’s poems and correspondence offer ample evidence of his concern with the posthumous reception of his work and, by extension, his presence in cultural memory.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: http://hdl.handle.net/11564/713820
Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? ND
  • Scopus ND
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? ND
social impact