John Keats was sighted last night at the Spokane Falls Toastmasters meeting in Spokane, Washington! Well, actually, it was a poster copy of Severn's charcol drawing of Keats's head accompanied by an introduction to Keats and a dramatic recitation of his Ode to A Nightingale--presented by yours truly!
My Toastmasters speech was all about Keats and I think that I was able to make a positive introduction of our poet. There's one genuine Englishman in our club, Alan, and he enjoyed it--so I considered that an accomplishment.
The president of our club was inspired to watch Dead Poets' Society again
Anyway, someone told me that when she heard that my speech would be poetical recitation, she dreaded what she'd have to listen through. But she told me she was happily surprised. Keats was actually *interesting* and she enjoyed the "deliciousness" of his words. Do we have a new convert? Perhaps!