Sunday, December 14, 2008

Advent Calendar: Roman Door 14

Door on Piazza di Spagna. This is the entrance door to the apartment building where the English poet John Keats died, four months after his 25th birthday, in February of 1821. Keats had moved to Italy from London for a better climate because he was suffering from tuberculosis. The window of his room overlooked the Spanish Steps. Today the apartment is a museum dedicated to Keats and Shelly. Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelly, who died in 1822, were among the many Romantic English and American poets, writers and painters who lived in the area.

Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.
From Handel's Messiah: Part I
Alto Recitative

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