John Keats concept of Negative Capability

Keats concept of negative capability

The English poet John Keats first discussed the idea of negative capability in a letter he wrote in 1817. It suggests a specific trait of artistic and creative thinking—the capacity to accept ambiguity, contradiction, and uncertainty without looking for easy or conclusive solutions. The ability to remain in a condition of doubt and ambiguity without drawing firm conclusions or applying previous conceptions to a situation or experience is what Keats called “negative capability.”

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