Ecstasy and Death: Keats and Shelley in Rome

This is a trailer from our good friends, Nancy Rodgers and Jack Ramey film, Ecstasy and Death: Keats and Shelley in Rome. They travelled to the Eternal City to visit, film and recite Keats and Shelley's poetry in the very locations where the romantic poets wrote some of their most memorable works.

For those who follow American Montage you might recognize Jack Ramey as Dr. Benedict, the star of the our classic Super 8 feature, "The Age of Insects" that was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in 2017.

Eric Marciano edited and post produced the show. This clip was made for the 2021 Keats Bicentennial.

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Jack Ramey, poet and spoken word artist, brings to life the poems of Keats & Shelley and the revolutionary times in which they lived, with parallels to his own life in the late ‘60s at Kent State. Rome was of special importance to these two poets. Shelley wrote some of his greatest works in Rome, Keats died there, and they both are buried there in the Protestant Cemetery. This film shows how they live on as bright stars in the poetic firmament, as beacons for humanity, for truth, and for beauty.

If you like the trailer and would like to see this compelling 56-minute video, please contact Nancy Rodgers at