13. The Thrush in the Theater: Keats and Hazlitt at the Surrey Institution

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Sarah M. Zimmerman Associate Professor literature

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch13

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Zimmerman, S. M. (2010) The Thrush in the Theater: Keats and Hazlitt at the Surrey Institution, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch13

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Fordham University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650

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Keywords:

  • the thrush in the theater - Keats and Hazlitt at the Surrey Institution;
  • Hazlitt's role as Keats's “intellectual mentor” - impact of lectures, an open question;
  • Keats's keen sense of resources for poetry of listening - to a human voice, poems in which the speaker is primarily a listener;
  • Keats, ideal lecture auditor - by temperament and by training;
  • Keats, prepared to turn Hazlitt's lectures - toward “practice” of his new “art” of poetry;
  • Hazlitt's gift for provocation, a serious purpose - shaping auditors' reading habits, determining which writers were worthy of joining the “British Poets”;
  • Keats's recuperation of Thomson's “indolence” - resonating with concerns about his own poetic career;
  • the Thrush, steady cadence of iambic pentameter in the octave - after the volta, several caesurae and one line of tetrameter stagger the lines;
  • “Ode to a Nightingale” - charting consequences of a double act of hearing - speaker attending to the bird's song before catching the sound of his own voice

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading