26. “The Feel of not to Feel it,” or the Pleasures of Enduring Form

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Anne-Lise François Associate Professor

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch26

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

François, A.-L. (2010) “The Feel of not to Feel it,” or the Pleasures of Enduring Form, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch26

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. University of California, Berkeley, 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:

  • critical issues and current debates - “The feel of not to feel it,” or pleasures of enduring form;
  • notion of art, as taming by feminization - idea of “art” as “consolation prize”;
  • Johnson's emphasis - on persistence of element of fantasy in renunciation;
  • “Defence of Poetry,” Shelley likening the poet - to 'a nightingale, who sits in darkness;
  • Mill's famous definition of poetry - as “overheard” speech free of rhetorical design;
  • “Romanticism,” Shakespeare's plays carrying with them - a specific “feel”;
  • Keats, describing writing poetry - the only activity with a power of absorption, equal to claims made upon him by his nearby dying brother Tom;
  • Keats's own praise for the actor Kean, a passion for time - indescribable gusto in his voice

Summary

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  • References and Further Reading