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Approaches to Teaching Keats's Poetry

Editor(s): Walter H. Evert, Jack W. Rhodes

Pages: xi & 162 pp.
Published: 1991
ISBN: 9780873525435

"[The volume takes] the pulse of literary education at the same time as it exhibits the state of Keats studies."
Keats-Shelley Journal

"A genuinely useful teaching aid and a valuable anthology of thoughtful criticism."
Romantic Movement

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"Few poets are as congenial to undergraduates as Keats," write the volume editors. But they warn that if the poetry and the life and character of the poet are attractive and accessible, there is more to Keats than at first meets the eye.

This volume, like others in the MLA's Approaches to Teaching World Literature series, is divided into two parts. The first, "Materials," reviews works on Romanticism and on Keats, editions of Keats, critical studies, various other reference materials, and audiovisual resources. It also gives reading lists for students, the poems most frequently taught, sample assignments, and a subject index of the poet's letters. The second part, "Approaches," contains sixteen essays gathered into three groups: classroom strategies, to help students interact with the poems; theoretical approaches, which all have a practical classroom dimension; and thematic orientations, including myths, death, images of women, and the problem of imagination. "If there is any single characteristic that mediates the diversity of these essays," write Walter Evert and Jack Rhodes, "it is clearly the abhorrence of interpretive closure in teaching." The collection attempts to present a balanced spectrum of the ways that Keats is taught.

Table of Contents

Approaches to Teaching Keats's Poetry

Jack W. Rhodes

Brief Handlist



Readings in Romanticism

General Background and Reference Works

Audiovisual Resources

Reading List for Students

Keats's Works Assigned

Subject Index of Keats's Letters

Papers and Other Assignments

Edited by Walter H. Evert


Classroom Strategies

The Question of Porphyro's Stratagem
Leon Waldoff

Discovering "La Belle Dame sans Merci"
John E. Grant

Student "Experts" Teaching Keats's Odes
Frank Jordan

Keats with a Lifetime Warranty
Brian Wilkie

Keatsian Turns: Diagraming Metaphor and Empathy
Bruce Clarke

Keats's Politics of Truth
Lore Metzger

Theoretical Approaches

Teaching Keats from the Standpoint of a Deconstructive Phenomenology
Tilottama Rajan

Keats's "Gordian Complication" of Women
Susan J. Wolfson

Keats and the Visual Arts
Nicholas O. Warner

Writing on "Isabella" from the Perspective of Composition Theory
Louise Z. Smith

Re(:)reading Keats
Donald C. Goellnicht

Thematic Orientations

Relating Keats's Myth-Oriented Poems to Their Sources
Wolf Z. Hirst

The Envisioning of Women: From Endymion to the Later Romances
Nancy Moore Goslee

Keats and the Music of Mortality
Ronald A. Sharp

Romance to Ode: Love's Dream and the Conflicted Imagination
Jean Hall

Reading and Ravishing: The "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
Peter J. Manning

Works Cited and Recommended

Books and Articles


Index of Names

Index of Poems by Keats

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