200 years ago Keats gave his new publishers a progress report

On Friday 16 May 1817, Keats wrote to Taylor & Hessey, thanking them for sending him a £20 advance for his new poem ‘Endymion’:
“I went day by day at my Poem for a Month — at the end of which time the other day I found my Brain so overwrought that I had neither Rhyme nor reason in it…
“This Evening I go to Canterbury — having got tired of Margate… At Canty I hope the Remembrance of Chaucer will set me forward like a Billiard-Ball.”

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