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John Keats one of the greatest English poets and a major figure in the Romantic movement was born in 1795 in Moorfields London His father died when he was eight and his mother when he was fourteen these circumstances drew him particularly close to his two brothers George and Tom and his sister Fanny Keats was well educated at a school in Enfield where he began a translation of Virgils Aeneid In 1810 he was apprenticed to an apothecary-surgeon His first attempts at writing poetry date from about 1814 and include an Imitation of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser In 1815 he left his apprenticeship and became a student at Guys Hospital London one year later he abandoned the profession of medicine for poetry Keatss first volume of poems was published in 1817 It attracted some good reviews but these were followed by the first of several harsh attacks by the influential Blackwoods Magazine Undeterred he pressed on with his poem Endymion which was published in the spring of the following year Keats toured the north of England and Scotland in the summer of 1818 returning home to nurse his brother Tom who was ill with tuberculosis After Toms death in December he moved into a friends house in Hampstead now known as Keats House There he met and fell deeply in love with a young neighbour Fanny Brawne During the following year despite ill health and financial problems he wrote an astonishing amount of poetry including The Eve of St Agnes La Belle Dame sans Merci Ode to a Nightingale and To Autumn His second volume of poems appeared in July 1820 soon afterwards by now very ill with tuberculosis he set off with a friend to Italy where he died the following February
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