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Keats Green

Keats Green has such wonderful views over the bay and leads to the beautiful Shanklin Chine, but why is it named “Keats Green” you may ask,

John Keats was an English Romantic poet who died at the very young age of twenty-five. During his short career, he published fifty-four poems. Having only become a poet in the last six years of his short life retrospectively he has become one of the best-loved and often studied English poets. He stayed on the Isle of Wight during 1817-1819, residing in two houses one in Castle Road in Carisbrooke and the other Eglantine Cottage in Shanklin. The soon after his arrival on the Isle of Wight he wrote in a letter to his friend the poet, satirist and playwright John Hamilton Reynolds, referring to the area that would later be called Keats Green

“Yesterday I went to Shanklin, which occasioned a great debate in my Mind whether I should live there or at Carisbrooke. Shanklin is a most beautiful place, sloping wood and meadow ground reaches round the Chine, which is a cleft between the Cliffs of the depth of nearly 300 feet at least. This cleft is filled with trees & bushes in the narrow parts; and as it widens becomes bare, if it were not for primroses on one side, which spread to the very verge of the Sea, and some fishermen’s huts on the other, perched midway in the Balustrades of beautiful green Hedges along their steps down to the sands. , But the sea, Jack, the sea, the little waterfall, then the white cliff, then St. Catherin’s Hill, the sheep in the meadows, the cows in the corn.”