THE PLEASURE OF ROMANTIC AESTHETICS: PLAYING WITH KEATSEAN AND SHERANIAN POEMS TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF MELANCHOLY AND NATURE ON THEIR (JOHN KEATS & AKHTAR SHERANI’S) LITERARY FECUNDITY
This paper attempts to explore the relation and conjunction between/among literary art, Nature, melancholy and aspects of poetic expression of two like-minded poets: John Keats and Akhtar Sherani. Both these romantic poets’ dwell in pure romantic aura and its embellishments. This paper further tries to see the impacts of these romantic aspects on literary production of their respective poetry. Keats’s love failure and Sherani’s nonunderstanding of life haunted them with resultant counterproductive aspects in their poetic diction and thematic demonstrations. This paper uses the ‘Theory of Romantic Aesthetics’ presented by S.T Coleridge and William Wordsworth in their Lyrical Ballads and partly in Biographia Literaria. The theory argues that the romantic poetics, though they had in mind the chief features of romanticism but despite these values glued to their mind they employed their own understanding and reason to modify the natural objects through the esemplastic power. The main subject matter of the paper is the implication of this power and the employment of elements from Nature and Melancholy in their selected works. The paper finds that it is not only the imagination that crafts the appearance of beauty, Nature and aesthetics in Keats and Sherani’s poetry but their subjectivity is of more essence the production of their poetry. As this is mostly a comparative study, so Keatsean and Sheranian aspects of similarity and dissimilarity have been explored alongside the aforementioned aspects. Keats seems to worship beauty, loves quintessential Nature and then eventually falls prey to melancholia while Sherani appreciates tangible beauty, worships Nature (not as Wordsworth does it) but he does not eventually allow the melancholy in his own poetry to hurt him intrinsically.