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Imagination Of The Male By John Keats

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imagination of the male, where she may perfectly exist displaying that she is property of the male. She does not have her own existence. She only exists within the imagination of the male. For example, in, Lamia, by John Keats, the speaker, with his imagination, builds a temple for the Goddess Psyche to reside. Within the mind of the speaker, she is in perfect form. She is imperfect outside of his mind, lacking voice, lute, pipe and incense sweet, but within his mind she will have all of these. In the mind of the speaker, she is his possession. By transferring the female to Nature, the narrator has the ability to control her with the use of the imagination. An example of this control from The Prelude is as follows, There are in our existence spots of time,
Which with distinct pre-eminence retain
A renovating Virtue, whence, depressed
By false opinion and contentious thought,
Or aught of heavier and more deadly weight
In trivial occupations, and the round
Of ordinary intercourse, our minds
Are nourished and invisible repaired
A virtue by which pleasure is enhanced,
That penetrates, enables us to mount
When high, more high, and lifts us up when fallen.
This efficacious spirit chiefly lurks
Among those passages of life in which
We have had deepest feeling that the mind
Is lord and master, and that outward sense
Is but the obedient servant of her will. (565, 258-273)
This possessive behavior correlates with the existence of the female during this time. Her sexuality did
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