Profile of the Day: John Keats

Posted February 23, 2018 by Amanda | No Comment
Profile of the Day: John Keats

John Keats

Today we remember English poet John Keats, who died on this day in 1821 at the age of 25. The young poet had devoted his life to poetry, publishing three books of poetry before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his lifetime, today Keats is regarded as one of the most beloved English poets history.

Keats was born on October 31, 1795 in Moorgate, London, England to Thomas Keats and Frances Jennings. He lost both of his parents while he was young. His father died after falling off a horse when Keats was just 8 years old. His mother died a few years later of tuberculosis.

While studying medicine, Keats began writing poetry and soon abandoned his studies to pursue poetry full time. Some of his most famous poems include, “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” and “To Autumn.”

Keats struggled financially throughout his life and spent his final years increasingly ill. He died of tuberculosis on February 23, 1821. Before his death, Keats requested to be placed under a tombstone bearing no name or date, only the words, “Here lies One whose Name was writ in Water.”

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