News: 4 January 2021

A Happy New Year Poetry Reading by Heart

A very happy new year from everyone at Keats-Shelley House and the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association. We wish you and all your loved ones a safe and peaceful start to 2021.

To see out 2020, James Kidd of the Keats-Shelley Podcast accepted a challenge to learn John Keats’ sonnet ’ Bright Star’ by heart - and to recite it live in front of a recording device. He added some thoughts about the 200 year history of Keats’ ‘final poem’ - composed, according to Joseph Severn, on the Maria Crowther somewhere off the Dorset Coast late in September 1820.

Listen to the husky results below.

​Part of the inspiration for the challenge was our epic Google Earth map ‘John Keats’ Final Voyage, which retraced the poet’s footsteps from London to Rome in the autumn of 1820.

Follow John Keats’ Final Voyage by clicking here.

For the latest on our Keats-Shelley200 bicentenary, click here.

James Kidd

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