Archaeologists digging in London have discovered a book of manuscripts purported to have been written by the late English poet John Keats. The work was found between the walls in a house that was not previously known to have been inhabited by Keats. Handwriting analysis experts at Scotland Yard verified that it is in the same style and form of the late author. Experts at Oxford also believe the work to be his.
John Keats was born in 1795 and passed away in 1821. He is buried in Rome. His most famous work was "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and his poems are still read and discussed in literature classes throughout the English speaking world.
While researchers are waiting to authenticate the paper, ink, and other items found within the walls before releasing full text of the poems, the following was obtained from an intercepted e-mail. It is four lines from a sonnet entitled "Ode on a Codpiece."
- "Thou protectest me from saddlehorn as I ride,
On brightly colored morn in English countryside.
The nymphs and fauns at play remove thee, then dance
Filled with glee and merriment at my comeuppance."
Contemporaries of Keats such as Wordsworth and Shelley could not be reached for comment (possibly due to their deaths in the nineteenth century also).
The works will be published in their entirety, including the full sonnet partially quoted above, as they become available.