200 years ago Keats had “a battle with celery stalks”

On Monday 4 January 1819 Keats wrote:
“Mrs. Dilke is knocking at the wall for Tea is ready — I will tell you what sort of a tea it is and then bid you Good-bye.”

It was the following day when he continued:
“nothing particular happened yesterday evening, except that when the tray came up Mrs. Dilke and I had a battle with celery stalks”.

On Monday 14th January 2019 at 6pm Matthew Coulton will give a reading of Keats’s ‘The Eve of St Agnes’ at The Art Gallery, Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH.

The Keats bicentenary diary 1819/2019 is on sale at Keats House, Keats Grove, London NW3 2RR, price £15.

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