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Bright StarsJohn Keats, Barry Cornwall and Romantic Literary Culture$
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Richard Marggraf Turley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312113

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315145

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The Scent of Strong-Smelling Phrases: Cornwall's Popular Eroticism

The Scent of Strong-Smelling Phrases: Cornwall's Popular Eroticism

(p.110) 4 The Scent of Strong-Smelling Phrases: Cornwall's Popular Eroticism
Bright Stars
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines Bryan Cornwall's contemporary popularity through an analysis of his poetics of erotic containment. It explains that while Cornwall's erotic poetry is often deeply subversive, he was able to strategically align them to accepted models of decency compared the works of John Keats which were denounced by conservative reviewers as onanistically self-referential. This chapter also argues that it was Cornwall's erotic poetry that made Keats' love poetry appear off-puttingly jejune to contemporary readers.

Keywords:   Bryan Cornwall, erotic containment, erotic poetry, John Keats, decency, love poetry

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