The Keats-Shelley Blog

12 January 2019

Michael O’Neill: A Tribute by Duncan Wu

Michael O’Neill was one of the foremost editors of Shelley’s poetry and prose. Shelley is a notoriously difficult poet to edit. ‘Prometheus Unbound’ alone, with its bizarre mixture of manuscript and early printed sources, none of them in any sense final, is a snare of traps and false leads. Yet Michael’s work on that and other, equally challenging texts makes the task of editing look easy...

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23 November 2018

Will Kemp’s 16 Rules for Poetry

The Winner of 2016's Keats-Shelley Prize and 2019 Keats-Shelley Poetry Judge offers advice to Young and Not So Young Romantics

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29 October 2018

Keats-Shelley Prize 2019: Byron’s Don Juan turns 200
Sue Bradbury celebrates the birth of Lord Byron's epic satire

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19 June 2018

Advice to Young Romantics
Advice for Young Poets - from Matthew Sweeney

Unashamedly, I always throw a few quotes from Robert Frost at novice poets. For example, 'Poetry is a fresh look and a fresh listen'. In other words, it's important to strive for freshness, and try to say things in a new way, not in a hackneyed or cliched way that everyone knows already.

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18 June 2018

The Grave of John Keats

Burying a Protestant in nineteenth-century Rome was a dangerous business. Such was the hostility to non-Catholics that the authorities insisted on their funerals taking place at night; sometimes the mourners had to be protected by soldiers. So it was before dawn on 26th February 1821 that John Keats’s body was taken through the city. If you visit the “Non-Catholic” Cemetery today, as it is now called, since it includes many people of other religions, you won’t find Keats’s name on his gravestone.

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15 June 2018

The Prometheus Project
A Very Short Story by Lynn Shepherd

Inspired by 2016's Poetry Prize Theme, After Frankenstein, bestselling novelist Lynn Shepherd wrote a suitably chilling story...

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3 April 2018

Romantics, Radicals, Revolution

‘Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was very heaven!’ wrote William Wordsworth as the French Revolution took fire in 1789. He was not the only poet to embrace this, the first modern rebellion championing the Rights of Man. ‘Liberty, Equality, Brotherhood’ became the watchwords of a generation which had had enough of the madness of George III, the ludicrous excesses of the Prince Regent, and the repressive dictates of both Church and State.

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