So, how much do you really know about Keats?

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Postby Saturn » Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:44 am

Okay I've guessed, racked my brains, and spent half an hour reading every reference to Brown in my copy of the letters.

I give up :(
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Postby Malia » Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:09 am

I'll give you a hint. He mentioned this to (I believe) Fanny Brawne--it was either Fanny Brawne or Fanny Keats--while he was convalescing after his first heamorrige in January 1820. (That'll help wheedle down the number of letters you have to go through :wink: )
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Postby Saturn » Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:18 am

Okay it was that he spilt blackcurrant jelly on the book and tried to lick it off :lol:

As for the creation... :?:

The word purplue which appears in.....
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Postby Malia » Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:25 am

You're right, Saturn :)
He spilt jelly on the book (what a clumsy boy ;) ) and created the word "purplue".
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Postby Credo Buffa » Wed Feb 01, 2006 7:19 am

I've been "artistically" inspired by this latest trivia question. Check it out: http://rampantwhistler.livejournal.com/110438.html
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Postby Saturn » Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:35 am

Credo Buffa wrote:I've been "artistically" inspired by this latest trivia question. Check it out: http://rampantwhistler.livejournal.com/110438.html


Very interesting - is this your own site Credo or a kind of on-line diary?

I like coining words myself 'melancholody' being my favourite - a cross between melancholy and melody :wink:

I was trying to describe a piece of music I think and this just came into my head. I think it's on my list of names if I ever form a band :o
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Postby Credo Buffa » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:23 pm

Saturn wrote:Very interesting - is this your own site Credo or a kind of on-line diary?

Yup, this is my "online diary" though it's really much more random than that :wink:. Actually, Livejournal is almost more a way of life. . . but I won't get into that.

Saturn wrote:I like coining words myself 'melancholody' being my favourite - a cross between melancholy and melody :wink:

I was trying to describe a piece of music I think and this just came into my head. I think it's on my list of names if I ever form a band :o

So how do you define "melancholody'? A melancholy melody, I suppose?
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Postby Malia » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:45 pm

Those are great icons, Credo Buffa :) I especially like the one that says "oops". If Keats only knew how inspiring he can be! :wink:

Speaking of new words, my favorite "creation" is 'fantabulous' (of course that is a cross between fantastic and fabulous). :lol:
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Postby Saturn » Wed Feb 01, 2006 4:49 pm

Credo Buffa wrote:So how do you define "melancholody'? A melancholy melody, I suppose?


Yes precisely :wink:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:05 pm

OK, so who's got the next question?
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Postby Malia » Thu Feb 02, 2006 7:15 pm

Saturn answered my Ben Johnson question, so he has the next turn :)
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Postby Saturn » Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:18 pm

Right here you go:

When Keats was in Rome he once asked Brown to write to him about Fanny Brawne as he dared not wriote to her in his wretchedness.

He asked Brown to put a sign on his letter if she was well.

What was the sign?
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Postby Malia » Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:52 pm

The sign was: +
(Ok, if I know that one off the top of my head, I've been reading Keats's letters waaay too much! :lol: )
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Postby Saturn » Thu Feb 02, 2006 11:54 pm

Correct - just re-reading that letter was painful - so tragic :cry:

Now your turn :wink:
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Postby Malia » Fri Feb 03, 2006 12:00 am

Okay, keeping with the theme of tragic scenes ;), here's a biographical piece of trivia:

When Keats was staying at Hunt's house in the summer of 1820, Hunt saw Keats looking out the window one day in a manner "more alarming than usual". He decided they go out for a drive. Once they reached Well Walk, they got out of the carriage and sat together on a familiar bench where Keats used to sit with his brother Tom in happier days. What, according to Hunt's account, did Keats do and say as they sat on the bench together?

(I'm looking for a specific action and specific words Hunt quotes Keats as having said.)

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