The Keats-Shelley Podcast

Poetry and Pilgrimage: The story of John Keats’ arrival in Italy 200 years on

October 31, 2020

To mark the 200th anniversary of John Keats first setting foot on Italian soil on 31st October 1820 – his 25th birthday – the Keats-Shelley Podcast presents a podcast telling the story of his arrival in Italy means for us two centuries later.

We think about Keats and Italy, the Italian Keats, and the connections between his death and his fame. We think about elegies and epitaphs, about poems and pilgrims - about Joseph Severn and PB Shelley, Oscar Wilde and Christina Rossetti, the museum’s wartime curator Vera Cacciatore and the young American soldier who was the first person to visit Keats’ bedroom after the liberation of Rome in June 1944. Mostly we think about John Keats, his life, his death and the poetry that continues to inspire so many people across the world.

This episode introduces a series that will tell the story of Keats’ final months, John Keats’ Dying Year. We will post the next episode early in November.

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Links to texts in this podcast

​​​​​​​PB Shelley's Adonais.
Christina Rossetti's On Keats.
Oscar Wilde's The Grave of Keats.


John Keats’ Dying Year was written and presented by James Kidd. The music is ‘Androids Always Escape’ by Chris Zabriskie. Visit

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