John Keats


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John Keats was an English poet active throughout the early 19th century, and while his life and brief career were cut short when he was just twenty-five years old, Keats is considered one of the greatest Romantic poets of all time. That does not mean, however, that Keats was remotely appreciated while he was alive – instead, he was outcasted by literary critics because of the unconventional tone of his work, and also because he wasn’t born into a well to do family. At a very young age, Keats and his younger siblings were orphaned, and for most of his life poverty was something that plagued John, though fortunately he was so beloved by his friends and colleagues, when things were truly in dire straits he was able to coast along with their generosity. Along with poverty, the curse of Keats’ family seemed to be tuberculosis, which his two brothers, mother, and later he himself died from (though let’s be honest here, TB was a curse to everyone back then). Towards the end of his life, Keats became engaged to a young woman named Fanny Brawne, and that relationship changed Keats in many good and bad ways – while we know how Keats felt about her, Fanny is somewhat of a mystery, and historians and scholars have very mixed emotions about her. And on that note, let’s go ahead and dive right in, shall we?

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