It occurred to me that right now - this month - begins the 200 year anniversary of Keats's coming-of-age as a determined Poet. It was in October 1816 that he wrote "Chapman's Homer" and in so doing declared his intention to live the life of a poet. I simply find it wonderful that now, in October 2016, we get to live out those same years as Keats lived, only 200 years before. The calendar acts as a map, for me at least, to trace Keats's incredible life and achievements. As we live out these next few months and years, I find it helpful and a bit more meaningful to actively reflect upon what Keats was doing TODAY in 1816 (or on any given day between now and 2021).
I hope we can appreciate the special opportunity we are all afforded today to live throughout Keats's 200th anniversary - celebrating 1816-1821. The next four years and five months will be more meaningful for me as I constantly remember what the specific day meant for Keats 200 years ago. Thankfully, we are left with enough writing about Keats's activities that we know pretty well what he was doing and even thinking on any given day.
So in that light, enjoy the 200th anniversary of whatever Keats was doing on whatever day you are living through.
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."