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Essay, Biography or Paragraph on “John Keats (1795 – 1821)” great author complete biography for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

John Keats

(1795 – 1821)

John Keats was born in Finsbury Pavement near London on October 31, 1795. When John was eight years old, his father (stable keeper) was killed in an accident; In the same year his mother married again, but little later separated from her husband and took her family to live with her. John attended a good school where he became well acquainted with ancient and contemporary liter In 1810 his mother died of consumption, leaving the children to their grandmother. The old lady put them under the care of two guardians, to whom she made over a respectable amount of money for the benefit of the orphans. Under the authority of the guardians, he was taken from school to be an apprentice to a surgeon. In 1814, before completion of his apprenticeship, John left his master after a quarrel, becoming a hospital student in London. Under the guidance of his friend Cowden Clarke he de-voted himself increasingly to literature. In 1814 Keats finally sacrificed his medical ambitions to a literary life. He soon got acquainted with celebrated artists of his time, like Leigh Hunt, Percy B. Shelley and Benjamin Robert Haydon. After receiving scarce, negative feedback, Keats travelled to the Isle of Wight in the spring of 1817. In the late summer he went to Oxford together with a newly made friend, Benjamin Bailey. In the following winter, George Keats married and immigrated to America, leaving the brother Tom to the John’s care. Apart from helping Tom against consumption, Keats worked on his poem Endymion. In December 1818 Tom Keats died. John moved to Hampstead Heath, were he lived in the house of Charles Brown. While in Scotland with Keats, Brown had lent his house to a Mrs. Brawne and her six-teen-year-old daughter Fanny. Since the ladies where still living in London, Keats soon made their acquaintance and fell in love with the beautiful girl. Absorbed in love and poetry, he exhausted him-self mentally and in autumn of 1819, he tried to gain some distance to literature through, an ordinary occupation.

He could not enjoy the positive resonance on the publication of the volume Lamia, Isabella e c. including his most celebrated odes. In the late summer of 1820, Keats was ordered by his doctors to avoid the English winter and move to Italy His friend Joseph Severn accompanied him south – first to Naples, and then to Rome. His health improved momentarily, only to collapse finally. Keats died in Rome on the 23rd of February 1821. He was buried on the Protestant Cemetary, near the grave of Caius Cestius. On his desire, the following lines were engraved on his tombstone: “Here lies one whose name was writ in water.”


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