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This chapter examines the significance of Keats’s walking tour from the Lake District into Scotland with Charles Brown in the summer of 1818 at a pivotal moment in his career, when he was looking to extend his poetic powers from the pastoral to the epic. Through analysis of the letters and poems Keats composed during the trip, the chapter demonstrates that his geographical re-positionings on the journey were bound up with his imaginative self-positioning among other poets. Focusing on three key places on the tour, O’Halloran considers Keats’s responses to Wordsworth at Rydal Mount, Burns at Alloway and Dumfries, and Milton at Fingal’s Cave. The chapter concludes with Keats’s reaction to standing at the top of Ben Nevis, the physical peak of the journey.
Author(s): O'Halloran M
Editor(s): Richard Marggraf Turley
Publication type: Book Chapter
Publication status: Published
Book Title: Keats's Places
Online publication date: 04/09/2018
Acceptance date: 18/06/2018
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Place Published: Basingstoke
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