Picture of John Keats, poet; nineteenth century British Literature / English Literature and poetry
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
Keats, St. Agnes, Marriage
This is the Eve of St. Agnes, on which young virgins obedient to various bedtime rituals -- having eaten only a salt-filled egg, or having put sprigs of thyme and rosemary in their shoes -- are granted a vision of their future lovers. In "The Eve of St. Agnes," Keats has Porphyro get a peek at his Madeline by hiding in her bedroom; Keats himself said that most women were children "to whom I would rather give a sugar plum than my time."

 

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