John Keats pp 75-109 | Cite as

The Idealism of Endymion

  • William A. Ulmer


Chapter 3 explores the sumptuously Elizabethan Endymion for its testimony that Keats, in the aftermath of Poems (1817), already wanted to distance himself from the Cockney circle, although less from Leigh Hunt than from Percy Bysshe Shelley. The chapter begins by reading the philosophical speculations employed in Endymion and outlined in Keats’s letters as his systematic critique of Shelley’s poetic idealism. It ends by focusing on the poem’s treatment of love: the political liberation of love staged in Endymion’s rehabilitation of Glaucus, and the failure of love intimated by the poem’s enervated conclusion.


Literary Tradition Fallacious Understanding Philosophical Idealism Poetic Romance Human Passion 
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  • William A. Ulmer
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  1. 1.University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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