Miss Lowell Eulogizes, Analyzes, Forgives the Poet

The Book. In 1795, the daughter of a man who ran a livery stable at the sign of the Swan and Hoop, Finsbury Pavement, Moorfields, married one Thomas Keats, her father's trusted head hostler and, a year later, bore him a son, John. This boy went to school till he was 17, was then bound apprentice to a surgeon, read Wordsworth, Byron, Spenser, looked into Chapman's Homer, wrote some stumbling poetry, made friends with Editor Leigh Hunt, Painter Haydon, Etcher Joseph Severn,...

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