What has intrigued me all along is the state of mind at which Keats arrives at
in some of his odes -- in his Indolence ode, for instance, when he achieves
a state which is close to a transcendent mystical state, when Beauty, Fame, even
Poesy, hold no attraction. In the Nightingale ode too, he attains to a similar
transcendence. A state where there is no fear of death: "Now more than ever
seems it rich to die / To cease upon the midnight with no pain".
This state is analogous to Eliot's still point in Four Quartets where here and now
cease to matter: the moment in the rose garden, the moment in the smoky church.
These are moments when you transcend personality, when you are capable of
negating your self (to me a very positive capability).
|Definitely a good idea ,CR
Some of the effects would seem to be similar.
Definitions are a goof place to start.
I don't think they match up very well.
K:Don't judge apparent contradictions
E:Don't insert your POV/Self.
Chokh Raj <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Keats's Negative Capability and Eliot's Impersonality
One has yet to establish a strong link between these two concepts.
To me both are at heart profoundly mystical in nature.
I'd love to explore the subject in detail in the ensuing posts.
Any help in this regard will be greatly appreciated.