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John Keats was born in Finsbury Pavement near London on October 31st 1795 The first son of a stable-keeper he had a sister and three brothers one of whom died in infancy When John was eight years old his father 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 mother John attended a good school where he became well acquainted with ancient and contemporary literature 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 benifit of the orphans Under the authority of the guardians he was taken from school to an be 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 devoted 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 In May 1816 Hunt helped him publish his first poem in a magazine A year later Keats published about thirty poems and sonnets printed in the volume Poems Birth and Parentage School Life at Enfield Life as Surgeons Apprentice at Edmonton Awakening to Poetry Life as Hospital Student in London Particulars of Early Life in London Friendships and First Poems Leigh Hunt his Literary and Personal Influence John Hamilton Reynolds Shelley Haydon Joseph Severn Personal Characteristics Determination to publish The Poems of 1817 Productive Years 1817-1821 After receiving scarce negative feedback Keats travelled to the Isle of Wight on his own in spring of 1817 In the late summer he went
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