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Lives of the Dead Poets: Keats, Shelley, Coleridge

Karen Swann


Biography has played an important role in the canonization of Keats, Shelley, and Coleridge. Each archive is saturated with stories of the life prematurely cut off or, in Coleridge’s case, of promise wasted in indolence; with reminiscences of contemporaries who describe subjects singularly unsuited to this world; and with stranger materials—death masks, bits of bone, locks of hair, a heart—preserved by circles and then sometimes circulating more widely, often in tandem with bits of the literary corpus. Especially when it centers on the early deaths of Keats and Shelley, biographical interest t ... More

Keywords: biography, John Keats, pathos, Percy Bysshe Shelley, posthumous life, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, sentimentality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823284184
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284184.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Karen Swann, author
Williams College