200 years ago Keats began a six-week stay at Shanklin

On Tuesday 29 June 1819, Keats and James Rice move into lodgings at Eglantine Cottage, Shanklin. He wrote to his sister: “The Place I am in now I visited once before and a very pretty place it is were it not for the bad weather. Our window looks over house-tops and Cliffs onto the Sea, so that when the Ships sail past the Cottage chimneys you may take them for weathercocks. We have Hill and Dale, forest and Mead, and plenty of Lobsters.”

 

[Letter to Fanny Keats 6 July 1819.]
[Image of Eglantine Cottage on a sunny day from john-keats.com.]

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