Quotation by John Keats

The Public ... a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy, and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.
John Keats (1795–1821), British poet. Letter, April 9, 1818. Letters of John Keats, no. 60, ed. Frederick Page (1954).

Keats continued, "I never wrote one single line of poetry with the least shadow of public thought." See also Keats's comment under "criticism, professional."
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