Monday, June 26, 2006

John Keats

I like this article on "Enjoying La Belle Dame Sans Merci", by John Keats. It's here because of the nice reference to Shakespeare:

Keats praised Shakespeare's "negative capability". If I understand the passage correctly, he's referring to the lack of unambiguous messages in Shakespeare's works. Instead of preaching or moralizing, Shakespeare's works mirror life, and let the reader take away his or her own conclusions.

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