Negative capability – Wikipedia

,Dthe same way that chameleons are ‘negative’ for colour, Keatsian poets are negative for self and identity:[10] they change their identity with each subject they inhabit.[11] This is a kind of personal Tao, and like the cosmic Tao, negative capability can be difficult to grasp because it is not a name for a thing but rather a way of feeling or of knowing. This intuitive knowing of the inner life of, for example, a nightingale or a Grecian urn, cannot be grasped as a concept; as with Tao, it is known through actual living experience of one’s everyday changeable being. This capability depends on being negative to what Keats called ‘consequitive reasoning’.

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