Category Archives: Keats

The poetry of London: Wilfred Owen and the Ghost of Shadwell Stair

Wilfred Owen is, for many (including myself) the greatest poet of the First World War. Memorable works such Dulce et Decorum Est and Anthem for Doomed Youth are part of the GCSE syllabus; Owen himself features in Pat Barker’s Regeneration … Continue reading

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Garden inspired by John Keats’ ‘On the Sea’ wins Gold at Hampton Court

Take a look over at my page devoted to John Keats to see the garden design inspired by the poem ‘On the Sea’ which has won Gold at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show. It is an interesting theme for … Continue reading

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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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