John Keats

John Keats (1795-1821) was an English Romantic poet. Keats was a key figure in the second generation of Romantic poets together with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron. His reputation increased after his death from tuberculosis in 1821. His letters and poems are some of the most popular in English literature. “Ode on a Grecian Urn”, “To Autumn” and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” are particularly well known. Fanny Brawne (1800-65) was his neighbour and later his fiancée. Until Keats’ letters to her had been published, very little was known of her. Their engagement lasted from 1818 until Keats’ death, and during this period Keats wrote some of his finest poetry including his five great odes.