Monday, 5 May 2014

Quote of the Week - Keats

"Health is my expected heaven" 
~ Keats

I'm having a Keats moment.  He seems to be appearing everywhere.  This is from a letter to his beloved, Fanny Brawne. He did not get his expected heaven, at least not in his life - perhaps on the other side.

He lived so briefly, yet left so much art, work and love when he left.  I can only marvel at how he achieved so much of this through ill-health. And at the strange and cruel irony that he had studied medicine before choosing poetry.

For some fictional Keats, check out Bright Star - Jane Campion's rumination on creative fertility with the always interesting Ben Whishaw as Keats. Or some historical fiction - Passion by Jude Morgan.

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