On John Keats’s 218th Birthday…

… here, what to my mind remains, besides & on a par with the poems, his greatest contribution to 20C & 21C poetics & thought,  & found in his  Letter to George and Tom Keats, 21, ?27 December 1817 namely, Negative Capability: Hampstead Sunday 22 December 1818 My dear Brothers I must crave your pardon for not having written ere this [ . . . ] [T]he excellence of every … Read more On John Keats’s 218th Birthday…

Dead Poets & Live Language: scatter my brain yet ginger my swagger

The Guardian, as so often, has interesting material on dead poets & live languages. The first concerns Keats as opium addict (vide new biography by Nicholas Roe) & the second, Nigeria’s strong, very alive & quickly evolving pidgin: John Keats was an opium addict, claims a new biography of the poet The author of Ode to a Nightingale wrote his greatest poems with the aid of opium, believes Prof Nicholas Roe … Read more Dead Poets & Live Language: scatter my brain yet ginger my swagger

Keats: Killed by a review?

This week’s TLS has an interesting piece on the famous July 1821 letter signed “Y” (most certainly, we now know,  Charles Cowden Clarke) which suggests that one major cause of John Keats’s death was the treatment he had received by several reviewers two years before his death at the publication of Endymion. Below that letter, and the complete TLS piece is here. JOHN KEATS, THE POET. To the EDITOR … Read more Keats: Killed by a review?