Sunday, June 16, 2019

Negative Capability

Several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in Literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously — I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason — Coleridge, for instance, would let go by a fine isolated verisimilitude caught from the Penetralium of mystery, from being incapable of remaining content with half knowledge. This pursued through Volumes would perhaps take us no further than this, that with a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration, or rather obliterates all consideration.

John Keats


  1. what?! I feel very stupid at this moment.

  2. I'm with Tara.
    I'm also with Sophie though- your Sophie is beautiful.

  3. Sophie's nonverbal presence and awareness is extraordinarily moving.

    The quote from John Keats brought this to mind:

    Beyond all reason is the mystery of love.
    (Thaddeus Golas)

  4. Every time I read Keats I get a headache.

  5. I return to the concept of negative capability and this passage a lot.

  6. Mysteries. Doubts. And beautiful Sophie.



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