Keats on the Joy of Singledom and How Solitude Opens Our Creative Channels to Truth and Beauty – Brain Pickings


Portrait of John Keats by William Hilton

“The roaring of the wind is my wife and the Stars through the window pane are my Children… I do not live in this world alone but in a thousand worlds.”

BY MARIA POPOVA

“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude,” the great French artist Eugène Delacroix counseled himself in 1824. Just a few years earlier, another timeless patron saint of the creative spirit extolled the rewards of solitude as a supreme conduit to truth and beauty.

Celebrated as one of the greatest poets humanity has ever produced, John Keats (October 31, 1795–February 23, 1821) married an extraordinary capacity for transcendence with an uncommon share of sorrow. His short life was suffused with loss from a young age — his father died after a horseback accident when Keats was eight and his mother died of tuberculosis when he was fourteen. And yet even amid his darkest despair, Keats…

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13 thoughts on “Keats on the Joy of Singledom and How Solitude Opens Our Creative Channels to Truth and Beauty – Brain Pickings

  1. A nice article, Sarah. The small cartoon quote resonated with me.
    ‘Everybody should be quiet by a small stream, and listen.’
    That’s what I do every day of the year, when out walking with Ollie.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. Very apt. I’ve just finished reading a book called ‘Miss Emily’ about Emily Dickinson, a poet who enjoyed, or rather actively sought solitude. I really enjoyed the book, by the way.

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  3. hi,

    I want to have a guest post in ur blog of my poetries?
    do u have such provision?.if yes,then how can I do so..& if no..then can u please suggest where I can post as a guest blogger or can u give some links of those bloggers with large no of followers & who allows guest posts

    regards
    AATIF

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    1. Thank you for the compliment of wanting to guest post on First Night Design. I tend not to have guest posts but choose those I want to reblog. I’m afraid you’ll have to do your own research as to which bloggers accept guest posts.

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