A new biography of John Keats has just been published by Prof. Nicholas Roe, Chair of the Keats Foundation and a fellow of the Royal Society at Edinburgh. It offers more detail concerning Keats’ childhood years and how they shaped and influenced him. What is controversial is Roe’s claim that Keats had become addicted to opium and while under its influence wrote the poems “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode to Indolence”. This would shed new light on and give new perspective on their reading.
For an insightful review of the book see the Guardian book review by Amelia Hill here.