The Keats-Shelley Blog

1 June 2020

Odes for John Keats

Anthony Gardner celebrates on Keats-Shelley's new publication - odes written by contemporary poets to mark the bicentenary of John Keats. Now available as an E-book.

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16 May 2020

Week 8: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Melancholy

2 pm GMT, 20 May - John Keats' Ode to Melancholy and Charlotte Smith

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11 May 2020

Week 7: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Two Psyches

Week 7 - 2pm GMT on Wedneday 13th May: John Keats' Ode to Psyche, with a side order of ST Coleridge's Psyche

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4 May 2020

Week 6: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - John Keats’ Ode on Indolence

2pm GMT, 6 March - we celebrate John Keats' great May odes, beginning (no irony intended) with his Ode on Indolence

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28 April 2020

Week 5: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Mary Shelley’s The Last Man

Wednesday, 29th April, 2pm GMT - Mary Shelley's The Last Man - Lionel Verney's arrival in Rome

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20 April 2020

Week 4: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Songbird Special

Thursday, 23 April, 1pm GMT - join us to read John Keats' Ode to a Nightingale and/or PB Shelley's To a Skylark. To mark the announcement of the winners of 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes on Monday 27th April.

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19 April 2020

Keats-Shelley Podcast - Simon Barnes’ Songbirds

All four episodes of the Keats-Shelley Podcast with Simon Barnes are in one easy-to-access location

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14 April 2020

Week 3: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Shelley’s Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Week 3 - 2pm GMT, Thursday, 16 April - Shelley's Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

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7 April 2020

Week 2: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Keats’ To Solitude

8th April, 12 noon GMT: we read John Keats' first published poem - the sonnet, 'O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell'

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6 April 2020

Julian Sands joins Keats-Shelley’s ‘Per Tutti’ Synchronised Reading Group

The acclaimed actor sent this reading of Shakespeare's 44th sonnet from Los Angeles

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30 March 2020

Week 1: Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group - Shakespeare’s Sonnet 44

The Keats-Shelley Synchronised Reading Group starts 1st April, 12 noon GMT with Shakespeare's sonnet 44.

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21 December 2019


Simon Barnes talks skylarks and nightingales, wonders how Keats' bird could sing and fly, and considers the threat of exinction hanging over us all

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14 December 2019

Keats-Shelley Podcast - A Conversation with Simon Barnes, 2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize Chair (Part 1)

Simon Barnes talks Songbirds, nature, birding and considers who wrote the better nightingale: John Keats or John Clare?

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11 December 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poem Of The Week 10 - John Clare’s Larks in Winter

Two larks closely observed in winter by the birder's favourite poet, John Clare

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1 December 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poet Of The Week 9 - John Clare

Three closely observed nightingales by the birder's favourite poet, John Clare

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30 November 2019

Will Kemp’s 16 Tips for Writing Poetry

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

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24 November 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poem of the Week 8 - The Nightingale by John Keble

A nightingale flies with an Oxford Movement

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15 November 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poem of the Week 7 - The Tables Turned by William Wordsworth

Are songbirds superior to poets? Is birdsong better than books? William Wordsworth wonders, lonely as a cloud, in this poem written in 1798.

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8 November 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poet of the Week 6 - Emily Dickinson

Two robin-songbird poems by another of the 19th century's greatest poets. Inspiration for 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes.

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1 November 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poet of the Week 5 - Christina Rossetti

Two bird song poems by the one of the 19th century's greatest poets

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28 October 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Playlist

A special Spotify playlist of musical songbirds to inspire entrants to 2020's Keats-Shelley and Young Romantics Prizes

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25 October 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poem of the Week 4 - The Nightingale by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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19 October 2019

Keats-Shelley House joins the RSPB’s Let Nature Sing Take Over

Keats-Shelley House joins the RSPB's campaign to raise awareness of extinction threats to birds across the world

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10 October 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poems of the Week 3 - William Wordsworth’s Two Skylarks

Romantic poetry's first generation version of Shelley's To a Skylark. William Wordsworth wrote two poems about the (and a) songbird.

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8 October 2019

2020’s Young Romantics Poster

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8 October 2019

2020’s Keats-Shelley Prize Poster

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6 October 2019

Michael Rosen’s 2019 Keats-Shelley Prize Talk

Whatever became of PB Shelley's A Poetical Essay?

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4 October 2019

World Animal Day 2019 - John Keats’ Immortal Nightingale?

Inspired by the newly published State of Nature report, we trace the erosion of wild spaces back to John Keats' nightingale

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1 October 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poem of the Week 2 - PB Shelley’s To a Skylark

The second poem 2020's Keats-Shelley Prizes are celebrating this year

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24 September 2019

Keats-Shelley Prize Songbird Poem of the Week 1 - John Keats’ Ode to a Nightingale

One of the poems whose 200th birthday we are celebrating with 2020's Keats-Shelley Prize.

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8 September 2019

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

Matthew Sweeney, who judged the Keats-Shelley Prize for almost 20 years, offered sage advice to new generations of young poets in 2018.

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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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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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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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