Negative Capability

Definition:
The use of negative capability in literature is a concept promoted by poet John Keats, who was of the opinion that literary achievers, especially poets, should be able to come to terms with the fact that some matters might have to be left unsolved and uncertain. Keats was of the opinion that some certainties were best left open to imagination and that the element of doubt and ambiguity added romanticism and specialty to a concept.

Example:
The best references of the use of negative capability in literature would be of Keats’ own works, especially poems such as Ode on a Grecian Urn and Ode to a Nightingale.

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  1. The end of…
    Exactly like the end of Inception, Lost and the original Total Recall. Open for imaginative interpretation. Very UNLIKE anything written by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village) where all the answers are clearly given.

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