Book of the Heart: The Poetics, Letters and Life of John Keats (Studies in Imagination)

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Keats stands as a prophetic precursor behind much in today's radical attempts at cultural and self-transformation. But this side of him has been forgotten, or at least was never taken very seriously. 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, one of the most inspiritng spiritual documents of the West, we see the poet forming and transfroming a passionate life of great joys and sorrows into a self of imagination and power.

Book of the Heart grasps the core of Keats' poetical practice of life, uncovering the path of knowledge that the Letters reveal. United with Keats in an imaginative union that is as moving as it is true, Rodríguez presents Keats as a hero of the heart, whose deep life experience oriented him in a unique way toward the world of love, suffering, death, and creativity.

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Andrés Rodríguez was educated at the University of Iowa (B.A.), Stanford (M.A.), and the University of California, Santa Cruz (Ph.D.). He lives in Kansas City and works as a poet and independent scholar.

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In this work, scholar and poet Rodriguez aims to elevate the letters of Keats to the literary status of his poems. The author contends that the letters contain a poetic overflow that could not be contained in the formal dimensions of the poetic form but are no less valuable an expression of art than the poems. Rodriguez uses Keats's letters as an autobiography, a testament to the presence of a mind "blazing with the light of imagination"; he states that Keats wrote his letters not as conscious works of art, as the poems were, but solely to satisfy his soul. In sum, Rodriguez has written a book to be savored by the mind. Recommended for any collection.
- Jacqueline Garlesky, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pa.
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