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Fitzpatrick-Hanly, M. (1986). Keats's Oral Imagination: "'Tis not Through Envy". Psychoanal Q., 55:618-639.

(1986). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 55:618-639

Keats's Oral Imagination: "'Tis not Through Envy"

Margaret Ann Fitzpatrick-Hanly, Ph.D.


This study of four of Keats's greatest poems explores a dynamic pattern in the poet's imagination: a relationship between the oral/fusional imagery and the romantic/oedipal themes. The poet's imagination seems to have been propelled backward from oedipal conflict to earlier narcissistic/oral unrest and pleasure. There is a layering of special psychic capabilities evident in Keats's imagination: an element of oedipal romance which stabilizes the process of sublimation, a sense of magical play and danger in the maternal/oral imagery, and powerful narcissistic longings organized through the desire to communicate and the gift for expression.

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