The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

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The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby jesleeall » Mon Apr 19, 2010 2:04 pm

This is a good video someone took of his visit to the house. It gives a great feeling of actually being there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIbPiNqN ... re=related
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Mon Apr 19, 2010 3:07 pm

jesleeall wrote:This is a good video someone took of his visit to the house. It gives a great feeling of actually being there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIbPiNqN ... re=related

Thanks for that jesleeall- wow that was a bit intense.My heart was beating really fast looking at that. The house looks fascinating but I doubt I could go there- I think the atmosphere of the house would make me ill.That bedroom makes me feel queasy just looking at it.
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Saturn » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:47 pm

The atmosphere is wonderful, especially going into it to escape from the searing heat of a Roman summer like I did. very different from Hampstead, it's more museum-like. I didn't feel any ill spirits or bad vibes there.
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Malia » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:55 pm

I can't wait until the day I visit Rome and the Keats-Shelley museum. My brother Dan visited some years back (and bought me a great poster as a souvenir). He said the room where Keats died was *tiny*. I expect it had a "coffin-like" quality, at least for someone who was stuck in it for weeks and months at a time, as Keats was.

I'm glad to know there are no "ghosts" or "distressed spirits" hanging around, Saturn. I assume that Keats, who desired his death so fervently, would not be especially keen to haunt anyone. Although, I must admit, I wouldn't be adverse to his popping in on me . . .just not in the middle of the night or while I'm in the shower. :lol:
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:27 pm

Malia wrote:I can't wait until the day I visit Rome and the Keats-Shelley museum. My brother Dan visited some years back (and bought me a great poster as a souvenir). He said the room where Keats died was *tiny*. I expect it had a "coffin-like" quality, at least for someone who was stuck in it for weeks and months at a time, as Keats was.

I'm glad to know there are no "ghosts" or "distressed spirits" hanging around, Saturn. I assume that Keats, who desired his death so fervently, would not be especially keen to haunt anyone. Although, I must admit, I wouldn't be adverse to his popping in on me . . .just not in the middle of the night or while I'm in the shower. :lol:


I didn't mean ghosts there, just the oppressive atmosphere of suffering left behind.
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Saturn » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:09 pm

There's none of that trust me Raphael, it doesn't feel like a house of death, it's quite compact and stuffed full of souvenirs and little treasures, a bit like those renaissance 'cabinets of curiosities' noblemen used to have, stuffed with wonderful little gems not just about Keats, but Shelley and Byron's time in Italy too.

Keats would be as shocked as you Malia if he saw you in the shower, not because of you of course but because he wouldn't know what such a thing as a shower was, an unimaginable luxury to someone of his time! :mrgreen:
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Malia » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:15 pm

Saturn wrote:Keats would be as shocked as you Malia if he saw you in the shower, not because of you of course but because he wouldn't know what such a thing as a shower was, an unimaginable luxury to someone of his time! :mrgreen:


I can see him gawking now. . ."Blimey! Cold *and* hot running water? And what's this thing called? A loofah? Intriguing! I must incorporate that word into my next poem!" And I reply, "Uh, Mr. Keats, could you please hand me that towel? I'd be ever so grateful . . ."
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Saturn » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:24 pm

:lol: I think, being a gentleman, he would avert his eyes and hand it to you before scurrying away red with embarassment. :wink:
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:13 pm

Malia wrote:
Saturn wrote:Keats would be as shocked as you Malia if he saw you in the shower, not because of you of course but because he wouldn't know what such a thing as a shower was, an unimaginable luxury to someone of his time! :mrgreen:


I can see him gawking now. . ."Blimey! Cold *and* hot running water? And what's this thing called? A loofah? Intriguing! I must incorporate that word into my next poem!" And I reply, "Uh, Mr. Keats, could you please hand me that towel? I'd be ever so grateful . . ."


I have two replies to this Malia- have you been reading the ever so naughty voyeuristic Eve of St Agnes :wink:

Minx! :lol:

I rather think he'd like showers- I'd be happy to show him how to use one... :wink:
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:14 pm

Saturn wrote::lol: I think, being a gentleman, he would avert his eyes and hand it to you before scurrying away red with embarassment. :wink:


Er..this is the man who wrote Eve of St Agnes and said he would rather be a eunach than not please a lady :lol:
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:18 pm

There's none of that trust me Raphael, it doesn't feel like a house of death, it's quite compact and stuffed full of souvenirs and little treasures, a bit like those renaissance 'cabinets of curiosities' noblemen used to have, stuffed with wonderful little gems not just about Keats, but Shelley and Byron's time in Italy too.


Well, I saw some of the treasures etc you mention and they did look fascinating..but honestly I did feel rather ill looking at the house on that video; I could feel some sort of atmosphere, but maybe it is my reaction to knowing some of what happened there.
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Saturn » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:10 pm

Raphael wrote:
Saturn wrote::lol: I think, being a gentleman, he would avert his eyes and hand it to you before scurrying away red with embarassment. :wink:


Er..this is the man who wrote Eve of St Agnes and said he would rather be a eunach than not please a lady :lol:


Oh er matron, what is this, 'Carry on Keats'?
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:33 pm

Saturn wrote:
Raphael wrote:
Saturn wrote::lol: I think, being a gentleman, he would avert his eyes and hand it to you before scurrying away red with embarassment. :wink:


Er..this is the man who wrote Eve of St Agnes and said he would rather be a eunach than not please a lady :lol:


Oh er matron, what is this, 'Carry on Keats'?


:lol:

He could be rather naughty....he wrote to George and Tom (15 April 1817):

Tell Haydon to Kiss his Hand at Betty over the Way for me, yea and to spy at her for me.
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Saturn » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:41 pm

Well of course, he was a man, I was trying to keep things discrete and tasteful.

Being one of the few men here surrounded by you ladies I have to be careful what I say :mrgreen:
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Re: The Keats-Shelley House in Rome

Postby Raphael » Tue Apr 27, 2010 11:47 pm

Saturn wrote:Well of course, he was a man, I was trying to keep things discrete and tasteful.

Being one of the few men here surrounded by you ladies I have to be careful what I say :mrgreen:


Oh no need for that Saturn! I like his naughtiness... :wink:
It made me laugh reading that little bit in his letter- I picture Betty, who is a bit of a saucy minx (maybe she works in one of the shops or dairies) showing a bit of leg as she crosses the street and hoping John will notice- which of course he does (being a very observant young man...) She sees him watching, smiles mock coyly and encourages him to keep looking! :lol:
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