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" The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy, but there is a space of life between in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted... "
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Dictionary of Quotations

Connie Robertson - Reference - 1998 - 669 pages
...fingered spring. 5420 Endymlon (preface) The imaginatlon of a boy is healthy, and the mature imaginatlon ise, or due process of law, or the Australian ballot....Artists are not engineers of the soul. 5565 (asked ambitlon thicksighted: thence proceeds mawkishness. 5421 (epitaph for himself) Here lies one whose...
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Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic

David Bromwich - Literary Collections - 1999 - 456 pages
...look with a zealous eye, to the honour of English literature. The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there...necessarily taste in going over the following pages. 14 Hazlitt's failure to review Endymion doubtless proceeded from a reluctance to say anything that...
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Keats

Andrew Motion - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 636 pages
...'mawkishness' instead of rising to Shakespearean disinterestedness. The imagination of a boy is healthy, and mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there...necessarily taste in going over the following pages. 'Those men I speak of have previously been defined as 'men who are competent to look, and who do look...
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Challenge of Keats: Bicentenary Essays, 1795-1995

Allan C. Christensen - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 313 pages
...defines it as "a feverish attempt", written in that "space of life" between childhood and adult life in which "the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain".28 Here too the two poets diverge. Keats is found nourishing his work on doubts and uncertainties;...
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Design for a Life: How Biology and Psychology Shape Human Behavior

P. P. G. Bateson, Paul Martin - Psychology - 2001 - 271 pages
...John Keats, in his preface to Endymion, put it like this: The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there...ambition thicksighted: thence proceeds mawkishness. After sexual maturity, humans devote considerable time and energy to courtship and sexual behavior...
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The Strength of Poetry

James Fenton - American poetry - 2003 - 266 pages
...excuses the mawkishness of some of his juvenilia. He says: The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there...way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted . . .7 And one can see only too well that Owen, then 18, thought of himself as going through this 'space...
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The Cambridge Companion to Keats

Susan J. Wolfson - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 272 pages
...and to youths like the author. The poet (depicted in a "space of life between" boyhood and manhood, "in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambitions thicksighted"), the poem ("It is just that this youngster should die away"), and Chatterton...
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Keats ou le sortilège des mots

Christian La Cassagnère, Université de Lyon II. Centre d'études et de recherches anglaises et nord-américaines. Centre du romantisme anglais - English poetry - 2003 - 254 pages
...première, il décrit en ces termes sa propre situation : The imagination of a boy is healthy. and thé mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which thé soûl is in a ferment, thé character undecided, thé way of life uncertain, thé ambition thick-sighted."...
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The Fable of the Southern Writer

Lewis P. Simpson - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 272 pages
...mature imagination of a man is healthy," Keats says in the Preface to "Endymion," his first long poem, "but there .is a space of life between, in which the soul is in ferment, character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted."1 Cultivating...
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The End of Youth: The Life and Work of Alain-Fournier

Robert Gibson - Biography & Autobiography - 2005 - 370 pages
...a sentence from the preface Keats supplied to 'Endymion': The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life in between, in which the soul of life is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain,...
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