A Personal Biography
W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393337723, 392pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
John Keats's famous epitaph Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water helped cement his reputation as the archetype of the genius cut off before his time. In this close narrative study, Stanley Plumly meditates on the chances for poetic immortality, an idea that finds its purest expression in Keats. Incisive in its observations and beautifully written, Posthumous Keats is an ode to an unsuspecting young poet a man who, against the odds of his culture and critics, managed to achieve the unthinkable: the elevation of the lyric poem to sublime and tragic status.