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dc.contributor.authorTate, Gregory Paul
dc.date.accessioned2016-07-07T13:30:08Z
dc.date.available2016-07-07T13:30:08Z
dc.date.issued2016-07
dc.identifier.citationTate , G P 2016 , ' Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy ' , Romanticism , vol. 22 , no. 2 , pp. 191-202 . https://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2016.0274en
dc.identifier.issn1354-991X
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 243606653
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 20d9c5d4-af6c-44e4-9b74-3d485c519a3f
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84975833317
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-5930-8187/work/60631343
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000378568400005
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10023/9086
dc.description.abstractThis essay considers the connections between myth and sympathy in Keats’s poetic theory and practice. It argues that the ‘Ode to Psyche’ exemplifies the way in which Keats uses mythological narrative, and the related trope of apostrophe, to promote a restrained form of sympathy, which preserves an objectifying distance between the poet and the feelings that his poetry examines. This model of sympathy is informed by Keats’s medical training: the influential surgeon Astley Cooper and The Hospital Pupil’s Guide (1816) both identify a sensitive but restrained sympathy for patients’ suffering as an essential part of the scientific and professional methods of nineteenth-century medicine. However, while The Hospital Pupil’s Guide claims that mythological superstition has been superseded in medicine by positivist science, Keats’s ode suggests that myth retains a central role in poetry, as the foundation of a poetic method that mediates between imaginative sympathy and objective impartiality.
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dc.language.isoeng
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dc.rights© Edinburgh University Press. This work is made available online in accordance with the publisher’s policies. This is the author created, accepted version manuscript following peer review and may differ slightly from the final published version. The final published version of this work is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/rom.2016.0274en
dc.subjectKeatsen
dc.subjectScienceen
dc.subjectPoetryen
dc.subjectMedicineen
dc.subjectSympathyen
dc.subjectMythen
dc.subjectPN Literature (General)en
dc.subject.lccPNen
dc.titleKeats, myth, and the science of sympathyen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.description.versionPostprinten
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Englishen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2016.0274
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden


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