The author has a point - investing in literary people today vs. investing in shrines to dead poets.... But I still disagree!!
To put my opinion as simply as possible: She can kiss my a**.
I can understand where the writer is coming from on this, and despite there being a welfare state in place nowadays so nobody needs to rely totally on the support of friends and family, we do need more investment in the arts in general in this country.
Having said that, I visited the house for the first time since the renovations a few weeks ago with a friend who loves poetry but hadn't got 'into' Keats, and she loved the place and was inspired to read the poetry (even after having to listen to me standing in the garden reciting 'Nightingale' and enthusing over the fact that we were in the very place where it was composed...) We discussed the idea that for a literature lover visiting places associated with writers is effectively a pilgrimage, and that's very much how I feel when going to Keats House, so there is definitely a value in their preservation in my opinion.
In fact, I have decided my dream is to take over the two shops that make up the lower floor of Keats Cottage (formerly Eglantine Cottage) in Shanklin, where he stayed while on the Isle of Wight, and turn them into a small Keats Museum. Talking about Keats to interested visitors and immersing myself in his work every day would be my ideal job!
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest