With ‘negative capability,’ Keats railed against the rampant egotism of his epoch and challenged the certainty of its claims to knowledge. While embracing reality, Keats urged the necessity of abiding in uncertainties, mysteries, and doubts.
This new edition brings back into print Bate’s indispensable work and features an introduction by the distinguished Italian poet, playwright, and literary critic Maura Del Serra. With its republication, Eliot’s proclamation on Keats is given new force: that “there is hardly one statement of Keats about poetry which … will not be found to be true…”
Negative Capability: The Intuitive Approach in Keats
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