In this letter to John Murray Lord Byron aims some very dismissive criticism at John Keats. He rather deliberately mistakes Keats’s name, calling him ‘Keats or Ketch, or whatever his names are’, describing his work as ‘onanism’ (a term for masturbation) and Keats as a ‘miserable self-polluter of the human mind’.
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- Clara Drummond
Clara Drummond explains how Lord Byron’s politics, relationships and views on other poets led to his reputation of 19th-century bad boy.