Letter from Lord Byron to John Murray, 4 November 1820


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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Letter from Lord Byron to John Murray
4 November 1820, Ravenna, Italy
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Ashley MS 5160

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