John Keats and the Medical Imagination

  • Nicholas Roe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Nicholas Roe
    Pages 1-20
  3. Druin Burch
    Pages 43-55
  4. Nicholas Roe
    Pages 57-72
  5. Nikki Hessell
    Pages 91-107
  6. R. S. White
    Pages 129-152
  7. Damian Walford Davies
    Pages 207-242
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 243-262

About this book


This book presents ten new chapters on John Keats's medical imagination, beginning with his practical engagement with dissection and surgery, and the extraordinary poems he wrote during his 'busy time' at Guy's Hospital 1815-17. The Physical Society at Guy's and the demands of a medical career are explored, as are the lyrical spheres of botany, melancholia, and Keats's strange oxymoronic poetics of suspended animation. Here too are links between surveillance of patients at Bedlam and of inner city streets that were walked by the poet of 'To Autumn'. The book concludes with a survey of multiple romantic pathologies of that most Keatsian of diseases, pulmonary tuberculosis. 


Romanticism Poetry Science Nineteenth century Eighteenth century John Keats John Keats and Medicine

Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Roe
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUnited Kingdom

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