The Human Seasons

Keats earliest portrait by Joseph Severn in 1816

Keats earliest portrait by Joseph Severn in 1816

Keats came to Teignmouth on March 11th 1818.

Two days later he wrote to his friend Benjamin Bailey a letter containing the first draft of a sonnet he had written in Teignmouth.  The final version is reproduced here.  If you want to know more, follow the link at the end.

The Human Seasons

John Keats  13th March 1818

Four Seasons fill the measure of the year;
There are four seasons in the mind of man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
Spring’s honied cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness–to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook.
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forego his mortal nature.

Want to know more?   Checkout the link ‘Keats – The Human Seasons

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