Approaches to Teaching Keats's Poetry
Editor(s): Walter H. Evert, Jack W. Rhodes
Pages: xi & 162 pp.
"[The volume takes] the pulse of literary education at the same time as it exhibits the state of Keats studies."
"A genuinely useful teaching aid and a valuable anthology of thoughtful criticism."
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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.
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