influenced by

Robert Bloomfield and James Thomson

About 1783 ... Robert and George decamped and took up residence at Blue Hart Court, Bell Alley. Another lodger there, James Kay, generously lent Robert a number of books, among them Paradise Lost and James Thomson's The Seasons, the latter of which became his favourite reading material. Over the years Bloomfield developed a prodigious memory for poetry and could recite any passage from The Seasons or Thomson's The Castle of Indolence ...

John Keats and Robert Burns

Keats’s professed love for the work of Burns might suggest an identification with the Scottish poet’s own class indeterminacy. In 1818, as part of his preparation for the poetic career and the ‘Life I intend to pursue … to write, to study, and to see all Europe at the lowest expence’, he visited Burns’s grave. It proved to be a strangely underwhelming experience. Still, the ribald sociality sometimes found in Keats’ early letters, usually interpreted as experiments with the Cockneyisms affected by Hunt and his circle, surely owes something to Burns too.