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Keats’s ‘Natural Sculptures’: Geology, Vitality and the Scottish Walking Tour

  • Alexandra PatersonEmail author


Alexandra Paterson’s chapter takes a key phrase from Hyperion, ‘natural sculpture’, as a basis from which to explore the connections among geology, sculpture and human bodies in Keats’s poetry. Her argument is that Keats’s poetic depictions of sculptures and Hyperion’s fallen Titans are more profoundly influenced by the poet’s geological observations in various places, including the British Museum and geological sites visited during the northern walking tour, than has been hitherto acknowledged. Paterson brings material aspects of these sites—marble and rock—into animating contact with Keats’s Hyperion fragments.


Natural Sculpture Walking Tour Hyper Fragments Elgin Marbles Parthenon Sculptures 
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I am grateful to Heidi Thomson, Robert Markley and Matthew Ward for their valuable input on drafts of this chapter.

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  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbanaUSA

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