200 years ago Keats was troubled by his attitude towards women

On Saturday 18 July 1818 Keats was at Inverary, where he wrote to Benjamin Bailey:
“I am certain I have not a right feeling towards women — at this moment, I am striving to be just to them, but I cannot — Is it because they fall so far beneath my boyish Imagination? When I was a schoolboy I thought a fair woman a pure Goddess; my mind was a soft nest in which some one of them slept, though she knew it not. I have no right to expect more than their reality — I thought them ethereal above men — I find them perhaps equal — great by comparison is very small.”

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