Category Archives: Romanticism

For The Eve of St Agnes – John Keats at his very best

That, of course, was not me. The words are by John Keats, the poet who has inspired me and saved me in equal measure. The Eve of St Agnes was written approximately 200 years ago, so this is its bicentenary, … Continue reading

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Marking the ending of John Keats’s life, and the beginning of a new project…

Marking the end of Keats’s life and the beginning of my new project – a book about Keats and the places that influenced him. Continue reading

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Death, Disease & Dissection: Keats, Quacks & Bodysnatchers – what’s not to like?

Death, Disease & Dissection – my new book about Georgian and early Victorian medicine is out now, published by Pen & Sword https://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Death-Disease-Dissection-Paperback/p/14015 Continue reading

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Hoping ‘…it passes smoothly, quietly’ – on the anniversary of John Keats’s birth, his birthday wish ‘To my brothers’

Today marks the birthday of the poet John Keats. He was born on 31st October (the day is not absolutely established, but most likely) 1795 in Moorgate, London and he died just 25 years later, in Rome. During that period … Continue reading

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Sharing Shelley’s moonbeams…

My poor neglected blog – again. There are no excuses, but there are reasons, this time anyway. My mum died two weeks ago now. The funeral was less than a week ago and frankly, it is all still too raw … Continue reading

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The ‘vital’ death of John Keats: ending the myth of weakness

Today is the anniversary of the death of the poet John Keats, in Rome, on the 23rd February 1821. He was just 25, and suffered from tuberculosis (or consumption as it was then known). His friend, Joseph Severn, who nursed … Continue reading

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The loveliest of love letters? Keats to his ‘Bright Star’

I have just had to empty and refill my bookcases, seeing them painted and replaced in our newly decorated dining room (which doubles up as a work space). So I have been able to take another look at my lovely array … Continue reading

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