Keats and Milton: Paradise Lost
6 December 2017 – 14 October 2018
Follow Romantic inspiration straight to its source in this fascinating exhibition illuminating the profound importance Milton’s poetry held for John Keats.
On the 350th anniversary of Milton’s Paradise Lost, arguably the greatest epic poem ever written, Keats House examines its influence on one of the most celebrated Romantic poets. At the centre of the exhibition is Keats’s own copy of Paradise Lost, extensively annotated with his thoughts and observations. It is a treasure trove, revealing how one poetic mind responded to another and a direct insight into the effect it had on his work in terms of imagery and subject matter. Touchingly, Keats seemed particularly drawn to passages concerned with loss and separation, themes which also haunted his personal life.