The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 32: Another Odicy: On the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of Keats’ Odes of 1819

In this thirty-second episode of the Podcast for Social Research Core Faculty Member Rebecca Ariel Porte delivers an address for the two-hundredth anniversary of Keats’s Odes of 1819, originally recorded as a live broadcast for Montez Press Radio. This lecture considers how to read and what it means to be reading these strange poetic artifacts now–and, too, what it means to be on, to, with, for, and against the Romantic forms of poetry that go under the name of “ode.” What is an ode and why write or read one? What are the effects of an ode, its tremors in time, its odicy? What are the odd reverberations of Keats’s odicies and their objects–psyche, indolence, melancholy, nightingale, urn, autumn–after two centuries of wear and tear?

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The Podcast for Social Research, Episode 32: Another Odicy: On the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of Keats' Odes of 1819


This episode of the Podcast for Social Research was edited by Nechama Winston and annotated by Shandana Waheed.

Rebecca’s note: Among other infelicities of speech, the speaker transposes, unforgivably, two syllables of the name of the scholar Kamran Javadizadeh, for which offense she, nonetheless, makes apology, begs forgiveness, will study to do better.

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