200 years ago Keats saw the moon at Burford Bridge

On Saturday 22 November 1817 Keats travelled by coach to Burford Bridge in Sussex to complete his poetic romance ‘Endymion’. When he arrived he wrote to his friend John Hamilton Reynolds:

‘I like this place very much — There is Hill & Dale and a little River [the River Mole] — I went up Box Hill this Evening after the Moon — you a’ seen the Moon — came down — and wrote some lines…
‘One of the three Books I have with me is Shakespear’s Poems: I neer found so many beauties in the Sonnets — they seem to be full of fine things said unintentionally — in the intensity of working out conceits.’

 

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