Thursday, 28 February 2019
Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Sunday, 24 February 2019
La Belle Dame sans Merci is a narrative poem telling the story of a traveler encountering a pale, sickly, melancholy knight. Read here.
La Belle Dame Sans Merci deals with supernatural elements. The woman that the knight falls in love with is described as a "faery's child". Read here.
is Keats’ life and emotions set into verse. It is a story of unrequited love, illness, and the impossibility of being with whom one cares for when they are from different social classes. Read here.
Saturday, 23 February 2019
"If I should die," said I to myself, "I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered."
John Keats died in Rome at just 25 years old on 23rd February 1821. His grave is notable in that his name is not written anywhere on it. Believing he was dying unknown and forgotten he instead requested it say “Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water.”
Saturday, 16 February 2019
Friday, 15 February 2019
and personality captured the imagination of Europe. Renowned as the “gloomy egoist” of his autobiographical poem (1812–18) in the 19th century, he is now more generally esteemed for the satiric realism of (1819–24). Read here.
He created the concept of the "Byronic hero" - a rebellious, moody, melancholy young man, brooding on some mysterious, unforgivable event in his past. Byron's influence on European poetry, music, novel, opera, and painting has been immense, although the poet was widely condemned on moral grounds by his contemporaries.