The context of Keats’s final great faerie works, Lamia and The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream, was the mounting pressure of practical exigency on all sides. The continuing problem of securing remittances from Abbey, the guardian of the Keats estate, grew worse as it became clear to Abbey that when Keats decided to forego the profession of apothecary for that of poet, he was not assuring himself of a steady or even intermittent income. At various times, Abbey counseled him to be a hat-maker, bookseller, and tea-broker.1 The possibility of any marriage to Fanny Brawne depended upon his ability to support her. And then, of course, there were the constant reminders of his worsening health, although the definitive hemorrhage of arterial blood that he termed “my death-warrant” did not occur until 3 February 1820.2
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- 14.Jack Stillinger, “The ‘Story’ of Keats,” in The Cambridge Companion to Keats, ed. Wolfson, p. 254.Google Scholar
- 79.For a thorough discussion of these essential qualities of the court jester, both in Europe and in China, see Beatrice K. Otto, Fools are Everywhere: The Court Jester Around the World, Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2001. There is also a fairly common motif in folk-literature that associates poets and fools (Motif P422.214.171.124.1, Poets and fools closely allied).Google Scholar