Fall 2011 • Vol. XXXIII No. 4 A Symposium on John KeatsOctober 1, 2011 |

Re: Keats

Since 2000 a group of poet-critics has presented a series of lectures at the annual conference of the Associated Writing Programs in an ongoing discussion of lyric poetry and some of its primary forms and practitioners. For the first seven of those occasions, we examined the fundamental rhetorical modes of the lyric—from the ode to the elegy, from the pastoral to poems addressing the "problem of time"—and this series of talks resulted in a book, Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry, which I coedited with Ann Townsend for publication in 2007. In addition to the three critics gathered here for "Re: Keats," our group has included Linda Gregerson, Richard Jackson, Eric Pankey, and Carl Phillips. Since then (and extending, I hope, for some time into the future) we have turned our attention to the work of individual poets—thus far, George Herbert, Walt Whitman, and John Keats. These are often-discussed poets. In fact, part of our purpose in focusing on these poets, along with ou

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David Baker is the author or editor of many books of poetry and criticism. His latest collection of poems, Whale Fall, was published by W. W. Norton in July 2022. Baker taught at Kenyon 1983–84 and began a long association with The Kenyon Review then, including service for more than twenty-five years as poetry editor. He continues to curate the magazine’s annual environmental feature, “Nature’s Nature.” Baker is emeritus professor of English at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he offers two classes each spring semester.

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