Concise Biography, History & Facts About John Keats
Nationality - English
Lifespan - 1795 - 1821
Father - Thomas Keats died in accident in 1804
Education - School in Enfield and St Guy's Hospital, London
Career - Poet and apothecary
Famous Poems by John Keats
'Bright Star, Would I Were Steadfast as Thou Art' a poem
'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' a poem
'Ode On A Grecian Urn' a poem
'Ode To A Nightingale'
'The Eve of St. Agnes'
'To Autumn' a poem
Famous Quote by John Keats
"Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance."
Information and Facts about John Keats the man
Keats was born in London in 1795, his father Thomas Keats a livery stable keeper, died in an accident when John was eight years old, and his mother died when he was 14. John Keats was appointed a guardian and kept at school for a further year, after which he was apprenticed to an Apothecary Surgeon for five years. On finishing his apprenticeship and reaching the age of 20 he was entered into Guy's Hospital as a Medical Student. Once he became certified to practice medicine, he did so for less than a year turning all his attention towards Poetry. Unfortunately this great poet only had five years in which to write some of the poems the world has ever seen.
When John found out that his brother Tom had tuberculosis he went to him in order to nurse him putting his medical skills to use. Tom died in December 1817 and unknown to John he had caught the disease from his brother. Soon after his brothers death, John Keats became engaged to Fanny Brawne and for the next year he produced the greatest of his works. John began to suspect he had caught his brothers tuberculosis, and in February 1820 he suffered his first haemorrhage, his doctor advised him that to spend the winter in England would surely kill him. Keats borrowed what money he could and travelled to Italy where he died of a haemorrhage the following February while in Rome.