Existentialism in Keats' Poetry

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  • Existentialism
    • a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.
      • mainly with certain 19th and 20th-century European philosophers
      • centered upon the analysis of existence and of the way humans find themselves existing in the world.
        • The notion is that humans exist first and then each individual spends a lifetime changing their essence or nature.
    • When I Have Fears
      • 'This somewhat nihilistic and existential perspective that unlimited values are rendered meaningless by a limited life actually calm the speaker’s angst and despair'
      • Of the wide world I stand alone, and think/Till Love and Fame to nothingness do sink.
        • image:   modern existential position
          • Modern: 'It goes beyond the unresolved anxieties of the Victorians to both an intellectual and emotional acceptance of the absolute isolation of the individual.'
      • Mortality:  “The speaker simultaneousl-y faces the opportunities life holds for him and the threat of his own untimely death”
    • Ode to a Nightingale
      • “Do I wake or sleep?”
        • Intense existential uncertainty
        • negative capability   intrinsically associated with existentialism
          • Intense existential uncertainty
          • negative capability is often attained by an encounter with the ultimate mystery, death, an experience that challenges and even overwhelms the subject’s sense of identity.
    • On Seeing the Elgin Marbles
      • 'My spirit is too weak—mortality/    Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep'
        • Keats confronts his own mortality whilst experiencing a solitary sense of the sublime and vast loneliness
        • 'unwilling' lack of control: not a free and responsible agent
          • a philosophical theory or approach which emphasizes the existence of the individual person as a free and responsible agent determining their own development through acts of the will.
            • mainly with certain 19th and 20th-century European philosophers
            • centered upon the analysis of existence and of the way humans find themselves existing in the world.
              • The notion is that humans exist first and then each individual spends a lifetime changing their essence or nature.

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