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‘Writ in Water’, Etched in Stone: John Keats and the Experience of Rome

  • Giuseppe AlbanoEmail author


Giuseppe Albano explores Keats’s association with Rome, one of the places that defined the poet’s life, even though Keats spent just fourteen weeks and two days there. Keats’s voice, Albano reminds us, is elusive throughout, and often mediated through Joseph Severn’s own letters and recollections. Albano explores the Eternal City through the prism of Keats’s experience, seeking traces of the poet in three connected places: the area around the Piazza di Spagna and Pincian Hill, Keats’s main territory during his time in Rome; the interior world of his intellectual energy and poetic creativity, muted but not extinguished; and his final dwelling place in the house by the Spanish Steps, where he was cared for until the end by Severn.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Keats-Shelley HouseRomeItaly

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