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John Keats 1795-1821 John Keats is one of the greatest Romantic poets although he had the briefest life Gurney 100 At the age of only twenty-five Keats had already marked his place in history Keats was born in 1705 above the Swan and Hoop a livery stable in London Gurney 100 This stable ran by his father was owned by his maternal grandparents Gurney100 He resided there with his mother Fanny and his three siblings George Tom and Fanny of these he was the eldest At the age of nine he lost both his parents over a period of only a few months His father died of a concussion caused by a riding accident and his mother fled with a fortune hunter Gurney 101 Keats assumed the surrogate parent role for his siblings and then enrolled in Enfield where he became the friend of Charles Cowden Clarke the headmasters son who encouraged his early learning John In spite of his tragically brief career Keats is one of the most important English poets John Keats became a surgeons apprentice at the age of 15 In 1815 he became a student at Guys Hospital Gurney 102 He registered for a six-month course to become a licensed surgeon Soon after he decided he was going to be a doctor he realized he had a passion for poetry Keats took to poetry like a fish to water His poems are exquisite and colorful He studied Shakespeare and Milton and imitated their styles He once commented how Shakespeares life is an allegory his works are the comments on it Gurney 100 Keats always had a way with words Keats is ranked with Percy Shelly and Lord Byron as one of the three great Romantic poets Such poems as Ode to a Nightingale Ode on a Grecian Urn To Autumn and Ode on Melancholy are unequaled for dignity melody and richness of sensuous imagery All of his poetry is filled
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