The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats
Keats stands as a prophetic precursor behind much in today’s radical attempts at cultural and self-transformation. Unfortunately, he is remembered, if at all, mostly as a Romantic poet whose value and standing was magnified by his early death. Eclipsed by the lushly sensuous affection of his poems, the real meaning of his life and the greatness of his achievement in poetics – how one makes sense out of experience – has been ignored.
Now Andrés Rodríguez redresses the balance by granting to Keats’ Letters their huge intellectual and spiritual labor. In these Letters, among the most inspiring spiritual documents of the West, we see the poet forming and transforming a passionate life of great joys and sorrows into a self of imagination and power.
Book of the Heart gives the Letters the central place in our literature they deserve. This is a book–for all kinds of readers–about the power of the life of imagination.