Today in History: February 23



In 1821

Poet John Keats

Succumbs to TB

And his Creator meets.*

* “Shelley and Keat’s editor Leigh Hunt [claimed] that his decline had been hastened by bad reviews—tethered Keats’s death to his literary disappointments. Lord Byron, in his narrative poem ‘Don Juan,’ alluded to the same idea when he wrote, ‘ ‘Tis strange the mind, that very fiery particle / Should let itself be snuffed out by an article.'”

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  • That is strange -- so here, then, are life-giving thanks. Surely Keats heard "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

  • Oh, so young...He wrote such truth and beauty! Thank you, AW.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Well done, WG -- beauty is truth, truth beauty.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Yes! He was a poet true...

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