200 years ago: Keats’s view of fine writing

On Tuesday 24 August 1819 Keats wrote to fellow-poet John Hamilton Reynolds:

“I am convinced more and more, every day, that fine writing is, next to fine doing, the top thing in the world; the Paradise Lost becomes a greater wonder. The more I know what my diligence may in time probably effect, the more does my heart distend with Pride and Obstinacy—I feel it in my power to become a popular writer—I feel it in my power to refuse the poisonous suffrage of a public.”

He only got to write two more great works in his short life.

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