Tuesday, April 19, 2011


A Fresh Set of Annoyances

John Keats, letter to George and Georgianna Keats (April 21-22, 1819):
The whole appears to resolve into this — that Man is originally a poor forked creature subject to the same mischances as the beasts of the forest, destined to hardships and disquietude of some kind or other. If he improves by degrees his bodily accommodations and comforts — at each stage, at each ascent there are waiting for him a fresh set of annoyances — he is mortal, and there is still a heaven with its Stars above his head.

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