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John Keats House

"The cheerful letters which Keats writes to his sister; the admonitions to his friends to wear warm wraps; the notes sent in to Miss Brawne, who lived in the adjoining house, these lighten the atmosphere with idyllic charm. A sofa bed is made for him in the front parlor, so that he may escape the monotony of four posts and curtains upstairs. Through the window he looks out on the landscape of the Heath, longing for spring sunshine. He watches the passers-by : the French aristocrat in exile, the clock-mender, the gypsies, the workingwomen in red cloaks, the two elderly maidens with their lap-dog, fearful of Brawne's Carlo. The doctors have told him that his trouble is only nervous irritability and general weakness ; they have prescribed tangents, squares and angles as a sedative for his mind. But his thoughts dwell, preferably, on green fields and flowers — English wild-flowers." Extract from "John Keats" (Open Library)

Keats House,
Keats Grove,
London NW3 2RR

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