About 200 years ago Keats began reading ‘The Anatomy of Melancholy’

In the spring 1819 Keats began studying The Anatomy of Melancholy by the Elizabethan philosopher and magician Robert Burton. If it came out today you’d find it under Mind-Body-Spirit, and it would be called Coping with Depression. He read suggestions for coping with Love Melancholy, including crystals — very New Age. Next to the section about their therapeutic effects, Keats wrote:

‘Precious stones are certainly a remedy against melancholy: a valuable diamond would effectively cure mine.’

[Quote from Keats’s annotated copy of Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, from Janice C Sinson John Keats and the Anatomy of Melancholy (London: Keats-Shelley Memorial Association 1971) 21]
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