News and Events

Poetry and Psychoanalysis: Keats and Negative Capability

On Wednesday, 17 May 2017, the Keats Foundation is delighted to present Dr Toni Griffiths, Trustee of the Keats Foundation, and Dr Margot Waddell, Psychoanalyst, in conversation at Keats House, exploring Keats’s insight, ‘negative capability’, and how it has influenced the field of psychoanalysis.
 Watch this space for details on ticketing arrangements.

Eve of St Agnes at the Guildhall

The Keats Foundation will be delighted to welcome you for a convivial evening of poetry readings, wine and a chance to view William Holman Hunt’s painting from Keats’s The Eve of St Agnes at the Guildhall Gallery on Thursday,19 January 2017 from 6.15 – 7.30 pm,to celebrate St Agnes’s eve and Keats’s poem. For further details, please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/st-agnes-eve-at-the-guildhall-gallery-tickets-30444548464

The 2016 Keats Foundation Keats House Lecture

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On Tuesday 6 September 2016, Bob White presented the annual Keats Foundation Lecture at Keats House, Hampstead. The Chester Room was crowded as Bob gave  a brilliant lecture on Keats’s responses to Shakespeare’s plays and poems.  He showed  how Shakespeare’s poetry was creatively used by his greatest admirer, and   examined three letters  where Keats’s quotations and allusions are especially revealing of his characteristic modes of thinking. A full transcript of the lecture will be published here soon. 

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Robert White: ‘”I LOOK UPON FINE PHRASES LIKE A LOVER”
 
Keats’s Shakespearean quotations and association of ideas’
2016 offers the occasion for two celebrations – two hundred years after Keats’s first published poem, and four hundred after the death of his ‘great presider’, Shakespeare. This paper unites the two, reflecting on how Shakespeare’s words became an intimate part of Keats’s own modes of thinking in his letters and poems, partly evidencing the ancient ‘art of memory’ or ars memorativa, which was undergoing a revival in the Romantic period through the influence especially of Coleridge and Hartley.
Bob-White
 
Robert White is Chief Investigator, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions 1100-1800, and Winthrop Professor of English at The University of Western Australia, Perth.
Tuesday 6 September.   7 pm Free for Keats Foundation Steadfast Supporters.  If you plan to attend this event please email keatsfoundation@gmail.com  and let us know.

 

Keats’s Birthday Wreath-Laying 2017

 

The Keats Foundation will be laying a birthday wreath for John Keats at the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey at 11.30 am on Monday, 31st October. Watch this space for further details to follow!