John Keats

An English poet
(1795 – 1821)


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(Updated on 31/01/2011)



The poet :

  • John Keats
    "was an English poet who became one of the key figures of the Romantic movement. Along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, Keats was one of the second generation of Romantic poets. During his short life, his work was not well received by critics, but his posthumous influence on poets such as Alfred Tennyson and Wilfred Owen was significant. The poetry of Keats was characterised by elaborate word choice and sensual imagery, most notably in a series of odes which remain among the most popular poems in English literature. The letters of Keats, which include the development of his aesthetic theory of negative capability, are among the most celebrated by any English poet."
  • His grave (

    "Keats requested that only the phrase:

    Here lies One Whose Name was writ in Water 

    be inscribed on his headstone.
    However, his two close friends Joseph Severn and Charles Brown, who cared for him during his illness, decided to add the following:

    This Grave contains all that was mortal, of a YOUNG ENGLISH POET, who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his heart, at the Malicious Power of his enemies, desired these words to be Engraven on his Tomb Stone."




  • John Keats Quotes
    “A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness”
    “What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.”



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