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Keats’s American Ode

  • Grant F. ScottEmail author


Grant F. Scott considers how other kinds of ‘placing’ in Keats—the order of poems in a volume—both condition poetic practice and work against the settled orthodoxies of reception. Scott examines the ‘truism’ that the Great Odes form a coherent and thematic whole and were composed in a specific order, arguing that the order of the odes’ appearance in the Lamia volume of 1820 in fact divided and dispersed them. Contesting the odes’ status as fetishized lyric commodities, Scott’s chapter pulls ‘Ode to Psyche’ into relief to ‘rescue’ it from the ‘hothouse’ of the Great Odes and ‘transplant it in two other gardens’: the 1820 volume and the 1819 journal letter to Keats’s brother and sister-in-law, George and Georgiana, who had left England for America. The ode, Scott suggests intriguingly, becomes an allegory of place—an ‘allegory of emigration’.

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  1. 1.Muhlenberg CollegeAllentownUSA

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