In 1819 between his two faltering attempts at Hyperion, Keats worked on what are usually considered to be his greatest achievements in lyric poetry, the six major odes. The year 1819 marked a period of new realism in Keats’s private life as well as a fresh surge in creative ambition. Illness persisted and he was still haunted by financial difficulties. However, his relationship with Fanny Brawne was now on a more congenial understanding and he was formulating a project with his friend Charles Brown to make big money as a dramatist, or so he hoped. Even the weather that spring was exceptionally agreeable.
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