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  1. Keats Northern Walking Tour June 25-August 6, 1818

  2. Background • Keats was 22 when he accepted Charles Brown’s invitation to undertake a walking tour of approximately 2000 miles through northern England and Scotland, with a diversion to northern Ireland. • Keats letters and poems of the 1818 walking tour were intended to entertain his brothers and friends. • Part of a tradition of travel writing started by Samuel Johnson and Boswell who wrote a guide book about their travels to Scotland. • Popularity of travel literature at this time

  3. Background • Keats’s journey was defined in part by what he had read and heard about the places he was visiting • The journey falls into essentially two episodes: the visit to the Lake District and the visits to Scotland and briefly Ireland. • Relationship between the tour and Keats’s conception of himself as a poet. He saw the tour as essential to his development as a poet.

  4. Map of Keats Walking Tour

  5. Lancaster

  6. Kendal

  7. Map of the Lake District

  8. The Lake District

  9. Lake Windermere

  10. Rydal Mount

  11. Dove Cottage

  12. Helm Craig

  13. Castlerigg: The Druid Circle

  14. Skiddaw

  15. Scotland

  16. Dumfries: St. Michael’s Churchyard Burns Mausoleum (Keats wrote “This mortal body” here)

  17. Dundrennan Abbey

  18. Map of Northern Ireland

  19. Donaghadee

  20. Belfast

  21. Back to Scotland: Ailsa Craig

  22. Alloway Robert Burns Cottage(Keats wrote “This mortal body of a thousand days here)

  23. Glascow Cathedral

  24. Loch Lomand

  25. Mull

  26. Iona

  27. Staffa

  28. Fingal’s Cave

  29. Oban

  30. Ben Nevis (Keats wrote “Read me a lesson muse)

  31. Loch Ness

  32. Inverness Beauly Priory

  33. Inverness (Keats took coach from here to return to London)

  34. Epilogue • Keats was back in London by August 18. • He returned early because he was ill. • He found his brother Tom critically ill and took care of him until he died in December. • Keats began writing “Hyperion.”