Introduction: The Truth of Imagination

  • Andrew J. Welburn


Keats’ conviction of ‘the truth of imagination’ rings strangely in modern ears. Contemporary writers and critics alike are liable to express an interest in the ‘theory of fictions’ rather than in poetic truth. Many modern theorists write indeed from a standpoint where truth, it is taken for granted, is so elusive as to be useless or even inimical to the purposes of literature. We are in danger of losing touch with the goals and achievements of some of our greatest poetry as a result.


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© Andrew J. Welburn 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrew J. Welburn
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  1. 1.New CollegeOxfordUK

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