Go Creative… With John Keats

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For Keats, a key feature of creative intelligence was what he called, Negative Capability. This is ‘when a [wo]man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts — without any irritable reaching out after fact and reason'.

Its prevailing characteristic is that it ‘has no self — it is everything and nothing. It has no character — it enjoys light and shade.

‘It lives in gusto, be it foul or fair, high or low, rich or poor, mean or elevated.

‘It has as much delight in conceiving an Iago as an Imogen. What shocks the virtuous philosopher, delights the chameleon poet.

‘It does no harm from its relish of the dark side of things any more than from its taste for the bright one, because both end in speculation.'


NEXT FRIDAY: Chapter 4 of my novel in progress, Skin Diving. Catch up with the beginning HERE


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