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John Keats' Medical NotebookText, Context, and Poems$
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Hrileena Ghosh

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781789620610

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781789620610.001.0001

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(p.269) Conclusion
John Keats' Medical Notebook

Hrileena Ghosh

Liverpool University Press

This brief section summarizes the argument of the book, which showed the various ways in which Keats’ creativity found expression in his two careers as a surgeon and a poet, with the interaction between them mutually enabling and enriching his achievements in both. Many of the characteristics that defined Keats’ greatest poems can be found, in an early form, in the style and contents of his medical Notebook, and his poetic development is visible in both it and in the early poems he wrote while at Guy’s Hospital. Keats’ experiences at Guy’s Hospital enabled him to become the mighty poet who could delineate human emotions and frailties as precisely with his pen as he had exposed human muscles and bones with a lancet during dissections as a surgeon.

Keywords:   creativity, career, mutually enabling, interaction, achievements, poetic development, surgeon

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