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John Keats

This very human picture of Keats was painted by a friend 'just before he started to be ill'
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Give me women, wine and snuff
Until I cry out 'hold, enough'
You may do so sans objection
Till the day of resurrection
For bless my soul they aye shall be
My beloved trinity.
ETA

The painter was his friend Joseph Severn, who carried out his last wishes for the epitaph on his tombstone. I didn't realize quite how sad it was, I only knew the bit about his name being writ in water.

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It says
THIS GRAVE CONTAINS
ALL THAT WAS MORTAL OF
A YOUNG ENGLISH POET
WHO
ON HIS DEATH-BED
IN THE BITTERNESS OF HIS HEART
at the malicious power of his enemies
desired these words to be engraved
on his tombstone
"HERE LIES ONE WHOSE NAME
WAS WRIT IN WATER"

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vorrago
Oct. 2nd, 2014 04:24 am (UTC)
Wow, I've seen that portrait many times and had no idea it was by Severn or even contemporary. Makes it all the more moving. Keats was a beautiful soul - thanks so much for sharing.
simone_remy
Oct. 3rd, 2014 04:37 am (UTC)
I love Keats, and that's the only portrait of him I really like; he marked the start of my obsession with fantastic writers who died tragically young! I sometimes wonder what's at the bottom of all that since although Camille reigns supreme, I seem to have added the unspeakable Rochester to the list lol.
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