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Postby Credo Buffa » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:28 pm

I'm a fan of the style as well, because it's so different from the others that we're used to seeing with it's really heavy lines and shading. Indeed, very dramatic and very modern :)
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Postby Despondence » Fri Jan 20, 2006 9:51 pm

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Postby Saturn » Fri Jan 20, 2006 10:15 pm

You beat me to it Despondence :lol:

It kind of reminds me of this
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from the first folio of Shakespeare - an apt comparison?

Keats would be flattered :D
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Postby Despondence » Sat Jan 21, 2006 5:43 am

Malia wrote: Do you know who drew the picture? What book did it come from?

This is from "The Illustrated Poetry of Keats", Chancellor Press, 1984 (first edition in 1854! printed by Edward Moxon under the title "The Poetical Works of John Keats"). The picture is an engraving by Thompson, from a medallion by Giuseppe Girometti, of Rome.

This is a very nice book actually; albeit a modern edition, the typesetting has that antique feel to it, and the engravings illustrating the poems are beautiful, with some original art by one George Scharf. It also has a very nice (one of the earliest) memoirs of Keats, by Monckton Milnes.

I tried browsing around for some links to it, but is seems that it may be out of print? There are a few used copies available from Amazon UK though. I chanced upon it for a very modest sum in a used book store in sweden.. :)
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Postby Saturn » Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:48 am

Some more images of Keats courtesy once again of Malia:

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Postby AsphodelElysium » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:16 am

I've been coveting this first one for a long time now.

http://www.amazon.com/John-Keats-Poet-G ... 38&sr=8-13

This second one was just interesting.

http://www.amazon.com/John-Keats-Englis ... 38&sr=8-16
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:24 am

Hmm the picture of the death mask would seriously freak me out on my wall :shock:

The second one looks like someone completely different but who knows what he was really like?
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Postby Malia » Mon Apr 09, 2007 12:53 am

Saturn, I think that is a picture of Keats's life mask. In his death mask, his face is much more drawn and thin--and his nose is beaked. But, yeah, I don't know if I'd want either of his masks up on my wall. My imagination is just too wild--I'd begin to sense his ghost or something :lol:
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 09, 2007 1:01 am

Yes I meant Life mask - even so it would be too creepy by far.

Ugghhhh

*shudders like Sideshow Bob stepping on a rake*
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Postby AsphodelElysium » Mon Apr 09, 2007 2:45 am

I'm a bit morbid, I'll admit. Either mask wouldn't bother me but I think having to look at the death mask all the time would make me sad. He suffered so much at the end and it shows.

As far as ghosts, I sometimes wonder. I've had strange things occur around my apartment, but then again, my imagination is out of control as well.
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 09, 2007 10:15 am

AsphodelElysium wrote:but then again, my imagination is out of control as well.


There's nothing wrong with an overactive imagination :wink:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:07 am

Has anyone else here been able to see either the life or death mask in person? It's a really powerful experience, since it's as close as any of us will ever get to seeing what he really looked like. And not just that, but in three dimensions! :shock:
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:09 am

Which one is in the Keats-Shelley house?

I can't remember which, but whatever one it was I saw it in the flesh so to speak and it was eerie :?
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Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:13 am

I'm pretty sure it was the life mask when I was there, but somehow I feel like I've seen both but can't remember exactly when or where. They really do get around, though, so I feel like there must be traveling copies of them both. Just in the last year I saw one in Rome and one at the NPG in London, and in 2005 I saw one at Dove Cottage (meanwhile, my trip to the NPG that year had no mask).
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Postby Saturn » Mon Apr 09, 2007 11:16 am

Hmm there may be copies I'm sure.
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