Ode to Year 7

Wetherby Senior’s Year 7 cohort enjoyed sonnets and sunshine in North London last Friday.

As part of our School’s Field Day, our youngest pupils visited Hampstead to undertake a literary walk which introduced them to their new English topic.

Ms Murray, Head of English, explained, “At Keats’ House in Hampstead, our boys were provided with an introduction to nature poetry, which will be their next focus for English. We also undertook a tour of the house, once the home of John Keats, then explored the beauty of nearby Hampstead Heath and the surrounding area.

“Before heading home, we visited a graveyard which inspired a scene in Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In addition, given the strong artistic and creative connections to this part of London, we spotted a number of blue plaques marking the many diverse personalities that have lived in Hampstead over the years!”

Keats’ House was the home of Romantic poet, John Keats, from 1818 to 1820 and, during this time, he fell in love with Fanny Brawne, who lived in the adjacent property. His Ode to a Nightingale is believed to have been written under a plum tree in the garden, while the house is now a Grade 1 listed building and museum.


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