John Keats (1795–1821)

  • Harold Orel
Part of the Interviews and Recollections book series (IR)


In Benjamin Robert Haydon’s letter to Wordsworth (31 December 1816), a poem by Keats was enclosed. Haydon wrote that the young poet who had written it wanted to convey his ‘Reverence’ (Haydon was not exaggerating). The opening lines illustrated Keats’s strong and sincere desire to please Wordsworth:

Great Spirits now on Earth are sojourning

He of the Cloud, the Cataract, the Lake

Who on Helvellyn’s summit wide awake

Catches his freshness from archangels wing …


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© Harold Orel 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harold Orel
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  1. 1.English DepartmentUniversity of KansasLawrenceUSA

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