negative capability


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negative capability

n.
The ability to accept ambiguity and uncertainty, especially in creating or appreciating aesthetic objects, without expectations of clarity and logical coherence.

[Coined in 1817 by John Keats.]
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A little more negative capability might have been in order here and elsewhere in the volume, for instance when Timothy C.
The collection is truly enhanced by Niemeyer's penetrating and discerning introduction, which offers clarity where it can and which allows for Keatsian negative capability where it cannot.
Jane's wild civility, even-handed curiosity, that carefully observed wrinkle in a studio of cluttered artwork in her tidy apartment, created a balance of wildness and sanity for negative capability to blossom.
He covers conjunctions, a familiar scene, culture, nature, consequences, the good will, phronesis, limits of reason, agency, beyond unity, negative capability, and poiesis.
He then moves further into detailing the side-effects of negative capability and legitimacy.
at once it struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement, especially in Literature, and which Shakespeare possessed so enormously--I mean Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason /.
Y eso, esa especie de apuntes desnaturalizados del natural, es un trabajo documental que se imbuye de lo que Keats tanto alababa en Shakespeare y que llamo su capacidad negativa, negative capability, esa generosidad legible muchas veces como abandono o salida del autor del escenario que les permite a los personajes, en este caso a la fauna descrita, operar independientemente de la incidencia externa del observador.
In particular, I will discuss the affirmation of uncertainty through the concept of negative capability, and its application in the context of climate change.
Sometimes these letters reveal literary gems, as in Keats's now famous December 1817 letter where he describes negative capability or Dickinson's numerous letters that read more like epistolary poems.
Negative Capability, that is when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reach after fact & reason.
She suggested, however, that the notion of the poet-physician Keats regarding negative capability was closer to equanimity than detachment.
Negative capability of this sort is, on the surface, all flux and change; in reality, it puts one out of season and into an oblique relation to time.