200 years ago Keats had a visitor in his new lodgings

On Saturday 9 October 1819, Joseph Severn visited Keats at 25 College Street, Westminster. His praise of ‘Hyperion’ confirmed Keats’s view of it: he did not want to write a poem ‘that might have been written by John Milton, but one that was unmistakeably written by no other than John Keats.’*

A year later, Severn would be Keats’s companion on his fateful voyage to Italy.


  • William Sharp The Life and Letters of Joseph Severn (London 1892) 40-1

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