Keats, Mourning and Melancholia

  • R. S. WhiteEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


To Keats, melancholy was by turns and equally an affliction, a source of medical study, and a creative stimulus. The reference in my title to a famous essay by Sigmund Freud is not a subject in its own right but offers a convenient starting point, a conceptual model and language for understanding Keats’s ‘most humorous sadness’ as a biographical fact in his life and a frequent facet of his poetry. The main example in this chapter will be Isabella; or, The Post of Basil.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia

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