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Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy. / Tate, Gregory Paul.

In: Romanticism, Vol. 22, No. 2, 07.2016, p. 191-202.

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Tate, GP 2016, 'Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy', Romanticism, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 191-202. https://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2016.0274

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Tate, G. P. (2016). Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy. Romanticism, 22(2), 191-202. https://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2016.0274

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Tate GP. Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy. Romanticism. 2016 Jul;22(2):191-202. https://doi.org/10.3366/rom.2016.0274

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Tate, Gregory Paul. / Keats, myth, and the science of sympathy. In: Romanticism. 2016 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 191-202.

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