Letters Of Fanny Brawne To Fanny Keats 1820 1824
Letters Of Fanny Brawne To Fanny Keats 1820 1824 – In the course of chronicling all the extant letters of Keats one by one, some intriguing realizations that might not otherwise rise to the level of consciousness do so. Here is one: this letter to Fanny Keats is only the second letter. The first to Fanny was in September 1817, when her older brother John proposed that they “start a regular question and answer – a little pro and con … this I feel like a necessity: why should we know intimately, so that I may not only, as you grow up, love your only sister, but trust you as my dearest friend. Keats ends the letter by repeating his opening message that they should maintain a correspondence regular: “Keep all my Letters and I will secure yours – and so in the course of time, each of us has a good Bundle”. So what happened between September 1817 and July 1818? Keats was delinquent in his duties fraternal?
It seems unlikely that he was entirely delinquent, although he may not have maintained the level of regular correspondence he suggested in the letter of September 1817. In early October, after returning from his stay in Oxford with Benjamin Bailey, Keats writes to Oxford asking Bailey to ask for a letter that Fanny had sent there. He writes to George and Tom in January 1818 that he has “seen Fanny twice lately”, and asks them to send “a Letter of Co-partnership”. Another mention of seeing her is in the letter of 23-24 January 1818 to George and Tom, and Keats then mentions his guardian Richard Abbey discouraging such regular visits to Fanny (what an idiot!). Presumably when George was back in London for the spring of 1818 (while John and Tom stayed in Teignouth), he would have looked after his sister. And after June 1818, one of his brothers is sick and not long for the world, another is on his way to the Atlantic, and John is on his Tour of the North.
Letters Of Fanny Brawne To Fanny Keats 1820 1824
So it seems likely that the extant correspondence from John to Fanny increased after summer 1818 for a few reasons. Being the only sibling left in physical proximity to Fanny, John probably felt a greater sense of responsibility for her welfare. I also suspect that Fanny became more likely to preserve the letters. She had seen one brother die and another leave for America, so it seems likely that she would begin to more carefully preserve the family connections that remained. It is also worth noting that in September 1817, when the first extant letter from Keats arrived, Fanny was only 14 years old. She was forced to mature quite quickly over the next few years – by the spring of 1821, not yet 18, she was essentially alone.
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But for now we still see the great love and affection that Keats felt towards his sister. Like many other letters to her, this one contains a lot of humor and kindness. He tells them that he and Brown “have been taken for traveling jewellers, razor salesmen, and show vendors because friend Brown wears a pair.” He relates the story of the “famous tippler” he and Brown met at an Inn in Endmoor on June 25, who fell upon Brown and asked him, “with his nose right in M.
Browns does “Do you sell Spect-ta-cles?'” And he puts in this subtle nod to the man of Richard Abbey, never one to approve of anything about the Keats family: “M
The Abbey says we are Don Quixote – tell them they are more generally taken for peddlers. (Incidentally, Abbey probably preferred Keats to find work as a peddler than as a poet.)
Keats also offers Fanny a couple of amusing poems for her amusement. First is a little ballad composed on the subject of Meg Merrilies, a character of Walter Scott
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, of which Keats writes, “of which I suppose—you have heard—”. Whether Fanny would have read the novel or not is unknown, but it is the case that Meg Merrilies became a popular figure outside of the novel. A stage version of the novel had been performed in early 1818 (at the same time Keats was writing a couple of reviews in place of Reynolds for
). Claire Lamont’s article “Meg the Gipsy in Scott and Keats” gives more context to understand the ways in which Keats (and Fanny) might have understood this character and the wider type she represented.
The next day, July 3, Keats returns to the letter and writes another poem, which he refers to as “a song about myself.” It’s pretty awesome stuff. We may go so far as to say that it is Keats’ best comic poem. You can read it all here. And you should! And then go follow your nose to the north.
After the poem, Keats’s comic flourishes are not done. This part needs to be quoted in full:
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My dear Fanny, I am ashamed to write such things to you, nor would I if I were not to be tired after my days of marching, and ready to die so tired that, when I fell asleep, I sewed my nose to the here and at my place. I go around the city like a Circle without waking up – So I’m so hungry – A ham goes, but very little and the birds are like larks to me – A batter of bread that I make more than a sheet of parliament; and I can eat a bull’s head as easily as I used to do bull’s-eyes — I’ll take a whole row of pork sausages as easily as a Pen’orth of Lady’s fingers — Oh, dear, I must soon be glad of an acre or two of oat cake a milk goat and a basket of coat eggs morning noon and evening when I am among the Highlanders.
If anyone wants to draw an image of a sleeping Keats bound from head to toe rolling around town like a hoop, we’ll gladly be there. Also, it looks like Keats is a little hungry, doesn’t it? And the boy grows up to hate oatcake…
The letter closes with a short message saying that Keats and Brown have walked sixty (!) miles since the beginning of the letter (July 2), which he now deposits at the post office in Newton Stewart on July 5. And they still had another 15 miles to go to get to Glenluce where they stayed that night! My legs hurt just thinking about it.
The text of the letter comes from Harry Buxton Forman’s 1895 edition (image below, link here). The MS is in the British Library, with most of the letters to Fanny Keats. He kept them in his possession all his long life. Two years after his death in 1889, his daughter Rosa Llanos-Keats introduced them to the British Library through Forman, who had first published the letters in 1883 (thanks to the help of Fanny (then Fanny Llanos- Keats) and his son, Juan Llanos. -Keats).This is my third essay for the Keats Letters Project, the first on a night of exuberance after an evening with Haydon (November 1816), the next on correspondence of Keats and Shelley in the summer of 1820, on poetry and plans for Italy, and this last, from Italy, a vacillation between spirit and stress, wit and poverty. It is difficult to verge on the conclusion in the correspondence of Keats, knowing in tears where it goes from here.
John Keats’s Letter To Fanny Brawne, 13 October 1819 — Clay F. Johnson
It was not the first thing Keats wrote to Fanny Brawne’s mother about his state of mind on the fourth day of a ten-day quarantine in the port of Naples. The arrest was due to the reports of the typhus outbreak in London that the Italian authorities kept all the English off the coast (for 6 weeks, of which his brigand had already connected 5). Keats did not set foot on the ground until October 31, his 25th
It was in fact, his sixth house since the beginning of May – a rapid compression of the rhythm of life that, since the death of his father, had made every “house” after a fragile stability, always temporary.
, Keats’ transport to Italy and his temporary quarantine home upon arrival in Naples. Image via the Maritime Archeology Sea Trust
When Charles Brown left his Wentworth Place home, where Keats was his guest, going, as usual, to Scotland, Keats had to stay away for the time being. His new accommodation (from May 4) was a meager bed-sit at 2 Wesleyan Place, on the edge of Kentish Town. The only advantage was its proximity, a mile or so down the road, to Wentworth Place, where the Brawnes lived (renting half of Wentworth Place from Charles Dilke), and nearby, just around the corner, the house of his loyal friend Leigh Hunt. , at 13 Mortimer Terrace. When a violent attack of pneumonia on June 22nd made it clear that he could no longer care for himself in safety, or the safety of his mistress for that matter, Mr. Hunt insured him for moved in with his family. They did their best with