A beautiful way to insist upon freedom and independence of expression.  Robins are so chirpy and robust, hopping about in midwinter, apparently cockahoop about being alive.

On the things that matter, and without harming the things that matter to others, let’s try being as obstinate as robins, and avoid singing in cages.

See also Jane Eyre’s similar cry for freedom.

‘I will be as obstinate as a Robin, I will not sing in a cage.’


Source: John Keats, So Bright and Delicate: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne (London: Penguin Classics, 2009), p. 41

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