1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Percy Bysshe Shelley to Leigh Hunt, 11 November 1820; in Correspondence of Leigh Hunt (1862) 1:159.



Where is Keats now? I am anxiously expecting him in Italy, when I shall take care to bestow every possible attention on him. I consider his a most valuable life, and I am deeply interested in his safety. I intend to be the physician both of his body and his soul, to keep the one warm, and to teach the other Greek and Spanish. I am aware, indeed, in part, that I am nourishing a rival who will far surpass me; and this is an additional motive, and will be an added pleasure.