‘Underwater Love: Romantic Poets and Sacred Founts’ by Professor Phillip Shaw

Keats House Public Lecture, 20th June

6.30 – 8.00pm.

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This is one of our annual Public Lectures, open to non-members.

There are limited places for this event, so please book soon.

There will be a wine reception followed by the talk.



This summer in the lovely environs of Keats House, Professor Phillip Shaw will give our annual public lecture.

Ovid’s account of the pursuit of the nymph Arethusa by the river god Alpheus in book 5 of the Metamorphoses has attracted the attention of several Romantic poets, including Byron, Keats and Wordsworth.

Following a discussion of Byron’s encounter with the restorative qualities of Arethusa’s sacred fount on Ithaca in 1823, the talk will look at how Keats and Wordsworth responded to Ovid’s retelling of this legend, beginning with a reading of the charged sensuality of Endymion (Book 2. Lines 912-1023) and concluding with an examination of the authoritarian warnings of the 1805 Prelude (Book 10. Lines 941-1038) and the late period sonnet ‘At Dover’ (1838).



Keats House
10 Keats Grove
London NW3 2RR

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20th June 2018


Drinks followed by the lecture and a Q&A session.

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Enquiries: Contact@thebyronsociety.com

Imagery: Benjamin West, Arethusa (c.1802), on display at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA.