A winter’s morning is marked with the delicate musical musings of birdsong.
John Keats (1795 – 1821) was an English poet who contributed greatly to the Romantic movement, strengthening the works of his poetic contemporaries and influencing the writers and artists who came after them. Although Keats explored various poetic forms, he is best known for his proficiency with odes— “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn” are among his most famous works.
Not only a poet, Keats was an exceptional epistolary writer; his letters to friends and family are the source of much feeling and study. In a letter sent homewards in early 1818, Keats’ musings prompted the composition of a poem, which he included with the letter. The latter has since been titled “What the Thrush Said.”
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