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In Lamia, Keats does not seem to meditate so much on his own choice between one perception of the world and another (scientific vs. poetic), but rather seems to focus on the writer as a type of mediator between each side in a debate. Importantly in Lamia, the role of the writer appears as something of a textual chameleon: able to represent ideas and concepts from a position of sincerity, without necessarily incorporating or accepting them into their own existence. In encouraging this role for the poet (and/or writer), Keats invites us to explore the dualities that manifest themselves within human existence and thought. 

Keats first demonstrates this in the overall form of the poem, by choosing to write a modern adaptation of a pagan myth for a largely Christian readership. The opposition that would exist between these two world-views becomes clouded in Keats’ treatment of Lamia herself. Lamia represents…

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