John Keats – Life and Works

John Keats was a prominent English Romantic poet born on OCtober 31,1795 in  the busy streets of London, Eangland . Although he received a little formal education, he was one of the most celebrated figures in romantic literature. At an early age, John Keats was already exposed to hardships in life. When his father died, his mother remarried but was abruptly ended. Together with his three other siblings , they were sent to lived with their widowed grandmother in Edmonton, Middlesex. There he attended school and befriended the owner’s son, Charles Cowden Clarke who had soon enough played a big part of his literary  career. When his mother died, he was sent under the care of Richard Abey and started his apprenticeship as a surgeon. In 1814, he left his apprenticeship for London where he worked as a dresser .His literary interests sparked during this time and since then he devoted his life to writing poems. It was Clarke who established his ground in poetry by introducing the poems of Edmund  Spence and the Elizabethan. From henceforth, he started to write an array of sonnets , ods and epics. He gave birth to his most notable poems in 1819  Lamia and Eve of St. Agnes. His other greatest works include Ode to Melancholy, Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightangle , La Belle  Damesan Mercy, Imitation of Spense, Hyperion, Isabella and  his sonnets BrightStars ! Would I were steadfast are thou art, and When I have fears that I may cease to be. His life was embedded in some of his poems.

His writing techniques involved vivid use of imagery and mostly  appealing to sense . His themes were that of English Romanticist love, beauty, joy, nature, and everyday philosophy of life. He died of tuberculosis at a young age of 25 on February 23, 1821.

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