A gordian shape of dazzling hue
 
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Greta Colombani


After graduating in 2016, Dr Greta Colombani is attending a MA degree in Euro-American Literatures and Philologies at the University of Pisa while being also a student at Scuola Normale Superiore.
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Greta Colombani

A gordian shape of dazzling hue

Serpent Symbolism in Keats’s Poetry

1. Auflage 2017
126 Seiten
ISBN 978-3-8470-0775-3
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Passages – Transitions – Intersections. - Band 003

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Serpent symbolism plays an important role in Keats’s rich animal imagery both on a quantitative level and on a qualitative one. Through images of dazzling, twisted, suffocating snakes Keats gives form to some of his most important ideas as well as anxieties about poetic creation. In particular, snakes convey the tension between the more unconscious and the more conscious elements of the creative psyche, which is reflected in the linguistic texture of the poems. Besides, serpent symbolism shows how Keats’s initial complete adhesion to the predominant Romantic view of the time was complicated and reinterpreted in highly personal terms. By recovering some Augustan notions, this young poet attempted a partial, problematic re-appropriation of the recent past Romanticism had utterly dismissed.

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Passages – Transitions – Intersections.