'Of Time and an Island' - John Keats
In 1814 Keats began his poetic career with a homage to his adored predecessor Edmund Spencer. The opening of his poem summarizes the agenda of poetry itself:
"Ah! could I tell the wonders of an isle
That in the fairest lake had placed been,…
For sure so fair a place was never seen,
Of all that ever charmed romantic eye.”
Keats never saw such an island, because he did his travelling inside the books he read.
In the 1950s, Keats bought “Pine Island”, one of the Thousand Islands, as a vacation home for himself, his wife and their three children. However, at the time of his death in 2000, he was living in Kingston, Ontario, to where he had moved in order to be close to the island featured in his book “Of Time and an Island" (1974 ).