03 October, 2009

negative capability

In the words of the man who defined it:
Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.

and how a very perceptive reviewer in New York Magazine, adapted it in his write-up of Bright Star:
The nearest thing Campion has come to what keats called negative capability, which i'll define here as entering fully into an imaginative world and leaving one's arty mannerisms and punishingly masochistic feminist agenda behind.

1 comment:

Lady V said...

Always remember Diane Keaton using the phrase gloriously in Manhattan. Woody Allen secretly loving her but dissing her for using it.

Ah. Negative capability. Keats! Fanny! Bring it on...