John Keats

The great year

John Keats's drawing of the Sosibios Vase

Although Keats was increasingly troubled by sore throats, September 1818 marked the beginning of what has come to be called the Great Year; he wrote, consecutively, "The Eve of St Agnes", "The Eve of St Mark", "Ode to Psyche", "La Belle Dame Sans Merci","Ode to a Nightingale" and also "Ode on a Grecian Urn", "Ode on Melancholy", "Ode on Indolence", "Lamia", "The Fall of Hyperion", and "To Autumn". This outpouring of major poetry is unmatched in English.