1850 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Keats

Leigh Hunt, in Autobiography of Leigh Hunt (1850) 2:39.



Keats and I might have been taken for friends of the old stamp, between whom there was no such thing even as obligation, except the pleasure of it. I could not love him as deeply as I did Shelley. That was impossible. But my affection was only second to the one which I entertained for the king of hearts. Keats, like Shelley himself, enjoyed the usual privilege of greatness with all whom he knew, rendering it delightful to be obliged to him, and an equal, but not greater, delight to oblige. It was a pleasure to his friends to have him in their houses, and he did not grudge it.