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The autograph manuscript of Ode to a Nightingale, by John Keats

One of the best-loved poems ever composed in English survives in its original draft, written by Keats on two sheets of scrap paper. His friend Charles Brown recalled how Keats sat in his garden in Hampstead on a beautiful spring morning and, moved by the song of a nightingale nesting nearby, wrote the lyrics within a few hours. The hastily penned lines recapture the moment of inspiration and spontaneous creativity as experienced by one of the greatest Romantic poets.