Discuss two characteristics of Romanticism in the Poetry of John Keats.
The previous post identifies very strong themes of Romantic Thought in Keats' work. I would like to suggest two other elements. One critical element of Romantic thought that can be seen in Keats' work is the idea of nostalgia for a past era. Keats' had a fascination with the Greek culture and the Classical notion of "the good, the true, and the beautiful." We can see this in his analysis of Chapman's translation of Homer and it is an evident idea in "Ode on a Grecian Urn." The idea of using the Greek culture as a mirror for our current setting, reflecting from where to where we need to progress or how far off the mark we truly are is an element that is quite profound in Keats' work. Along these lines, the Romantic hope of being able to expand the moral imagination to embrace a vision of what can be in juxtaposition to what is might be another critical element of Keats' work. Once again, this can be seen in "Ode on a Grecian Urn," where Keats implies that the most profound elements of philosophical thought can be evident in an object that allows us to gaze into what can be from what is. The transformative element of human imagination is another critical element in Romantic philosophy, and is something embodied in Keats' work.
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