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The Truth of Imagination

Welcome to a page dedicated to poetry from the past 200 years and to poet John Keats. Snippets of information on poetic lives, quotes and art to reflect the role of verse in our fast paced 21st century world. Suzie Grogan is a freelance writer and researcher who writes on literature, social history and health issues. Contact Suzie @keatsbabe on Twitter and visit her at

Posts tagged Ben Wishaw

Apr 23 '12

The best reading of John Keats’ wonderful Ode to a Nightingale so far, in my humble opinion of course. Ben Wishaw reads it without the public or drama school accent that would be so unlike Keats’ own.

This poem has inspired so many poets and writers in the past 190 odd years. To my shame I only found out recently that F. Scott Fitzgerald took the title ‘Tender is the Night’ from stanza 4.

Aug 25 '11

Ben Wishaw, who played John Keats in Jane Campion’s 2009 film ‘Bright Star’, reads Ode to a Nightingale. This was played over the closing credits - a great reason to stay in your seat for a little longer than usual.

Aug 24 '11

Ben Wishaw, who plays Keats in Jane Campion’s film ‘Bright Star’ (2009), reads Ode to Autumn. The poem was written by Keats in 1819 and has become one of the most famous poems in the English language.

I post this today, having just harvested my first punnet of autumn raspberries on a gloomy late August afternoon….