Category Archives: Keats

Where the costumes are a cast member – Keats & Fanny Brawne as fiction in ‘Bright Star’

In December I wrote a blog post entitled Picturing John Keats –  Image or Imagination? describing how I felt about the representations of Keats in art. I mentioned the 2009 film Bright Star only briefly as but another opportunity for … Continue reading

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Keats at Guy’s Hospital part 2 – An education in horror

Looking at the National Health Service today, it is clear that despite economic constraints it offers a standard of care that renders incomprehensible to us the dreadful conditions under which people of all classes were treated in the early 19th … Continue reading

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A poem for lovers – The Hug by Thom Gunn

At our reading group we recently looked at a poem called The Hug by Thom Gunn, a poet who spent much of his life in the US but was actually born in Kent in 1929. His mother had committed suicide … Continue reading

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‘This enormous Babel of a place’ – On learning of London before the Victorians

I have recently been looking into the history of London between 1810 and 1830 to add some context to my blog posts on the poet John Keats. It is a period in the history of the metropolis that I have … Continue reading

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Keats at Guys Hospital Pt 1 – Life in a ‘jumbled heap’ of ‘murky buildings’

Whilst researching for a longer post about John Keats and his medical studies, I had the opportunity to read some accounts of the student accommodation he shared during the time he spent at Guy’s Hospital, in London.  They are fascinating, … Continue reading

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Keats House, Hampstead: an architectural and artistic re-build

From my late teens onwards I have made regular trips to Keats House in Hampstead, London NW3. I was born and brought up in North London and the relatively short journey to Keats Grove, close to the beautiful heath became … Continue reading

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On St Valentine’s Day – putting a price on love? Keats comes up for auction…

Update 14th February 2012. The letter was auctioned on 29th March 2011, raising £96,000. It was bought by the City of London Corporation for Keats House, Hampstead. So all’s well that ends well then? There are many people who are … Continue reading

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2011 – I may not be SMART but I might have FUN….

I read on Yahoo News this morning that the way to ensure you stick to New Year’s Resolutions is to ensure that they are, in management-speak, SMART. Having spent years in strategy development and research this is a term that … Continue reading

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‘In a drear-nighted December': Keats on post-Christmas blues

I wrote this post at the end of 2011, but as we head towards Twelfth Night once again; as we prepare to take down the tree and get back into the old routines it rang a soft sleigh bell in … Continue reading

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Picturing John Keats – Image or Imagination?

John Keats has been viewed by many as the very picture of the romantic poet, destined to die poor and at a young age. He was a man who attracted a devoted group of friends who in many ways promoted … Continue reading

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