Presentation on theme: "Keats Northern Walking Tour June 25-August 6, 1818."— Presentation transcript:
Keats Northern Walking Tour June 25-August 6, 1818
Background Keats was 22 when he accepted Charles Brown’s invitation to undertake a walking tour of approximately 2000 miles through northern England and Scotland, with a diversion to northern Ireland. Keats letters and poems of the 1818 walking tour were intended to entertain his brothers and friends. Part of a tradition of travel writing started by Samuel Johnson and Boswell who wrote a guide book about their travels to Scotland. Popularity of travel literature at this time
Background Keats’s journey was defined in part by what he had read and heard about the places he was visiting The journey falls into essentially two episodes: the visit to the Lake District and the visits to Scotland and briefly Ireland. Relationship between the tour and Keats’s conception of himself as a poet. He saw the tour as essential to his development as a poet.
Inverness (Keats took coach from here to return to London)
Epilogue Keats was back in London by August 18. He returned early because he was ill. He found his brother Tom critically ill and took care of him until he died in December. Keats began writing “Hyperion.”