John Keats 1795-1821

John Keats
Keats stepped into the world the 31st day in October of 1795. He was the
eldest of five children, however one died in infancy. He had rich
grandparents that gave his father the ‘Swan and Hoop’ stables (London,
England). John had a childhood but after the death of his father in April
of 1804 life took a downward spiral. Two months after his fathers death
his mother remarried to a man that was only after fortune and the
marriage failed. Their Grandfather died in 1805. John, George & Tom
(brothers), and Fanny (sister) went to live with their grandmother, where
the boys then attended Enfield school. John was well liked and popular.
John’s Bibliography cont’d
John nursed his mother through her tuberculosis until her death in 1810. Pushed by
guardian Richard Abbey John became an apprentice to a surgeon and studied medicine
for a few years until setting that profession aside for his love of poetry. The financial
and emotional state of the family worsened with each death of a family member and
reached its peak when in December 1814 their Grandmother passed away. Not long
before his grandmothers death he wrote his first poem. In 1817 he published his first
vol. Which included; “I stood on tip-toe upon a little hill”, “Sleep and Poetry”, and
more. John also nursed his brother Tom whom caught Tuberculosis. By 1818 John
Keats was deeply in love with a woman by the name of Franny Brawne, however they
did not marry because of John’s health. Some of John’s most important works came out
in his 1820 volume of literature. In this year he was accompanied by his friend Joseph
Severn to Italy. In Feb. of 1821 he died in Rome. John is remembered by being Brave,
generous, and sensitive all at the same time.
Literary Criticisms
We venture to make one small prophecy, that his bookseller will not a second time venture 50
quid upon any thing he can write. It is a better and a wiser thing to be a starved apothecary than a
starved poet; so back to the shop Mr John, back to "plasters, pills, and ointment boxes," &c. But,
for Heaven's sake, young Sangrado, be a little more sparing of extenuatives and soporifics in your
practice than you have been in your poetry.
-John Gibson Lockhart, from
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
August 1818
"was a boy whom any one might easily have fancied would become
great - but rather in some military capacity than in literature.“Holmes
John Keats was one of the last, great poets of the Romantic Era. He wrote
poetry of great sensual beauty and with a unique passion for details.
I stood tip-toe upon a little hill
“I STOOD tip-toe upon a little hill,
The air was cooling, and so very still,
That the sweet buds which with a modest pride
Pull droopingly, in slanting curve aside,
Their scantly leaved, and finely tapering stems,
Had not yet lost those starry diadems
Caught from the early sobbing of the morn.
The clouds were pure and white as flocks new shorn,
And fresh from the clear brook; sweetly they slept
On the blue fields of heaven, …”
Flattering the Author:
My imitation poem.
The Girl Upon the Window
By: Alisha O’Reilly
What does she wait for? It is true love.
Upon the sill she peers out into a world of
Is there one whom might use a different
And if there is will he find hers?
This is what she hopes, this is why she
Literary Criticism
I found that throughout his writings he writes
with passion and such vivid description that
the picture he is presenting appears before
your eyes. His usage of personification is
very enjoyable, especially in one of his earlier
works, “I stood tip-toe upon a hill.” I was
enlightened and refreshed by the work of this
great poet.
What I Found:
Challenging & Appealing
Some of the older
forms of English
sometimes make it
more difficult for me
to comprehend.
I greatly enjoyed his
imagery and style of
I myself being a romantic person myself
I soak up his passionate writing. Also the
way he portrays various emotions is
breathtaking and makes his works an
easy read in the sense that they are not
painful to get through.
The effects John’s society had
on his writing.
• The the slave trade and slavery still existed
during this time.
•Social classes were very evident and John was a
middle class poet whom would find acceptance
much harder than if he was a lord or in the upper
•Sickness and incurable epidemics, such
Resources for my POETRY STUDY
1. Columbia Encycolpedia. “John Keats.” 2005.> (accessed 12 Dec.
2. Wikipedia. “John Keats.” 12 Dec. 2005.<>
accessed 12 Dec. 2005).
3. Marilee. “The Life of John Keats.” March
2004.<>(accessed 13 Dec. 2005).
4. Digital Term Papers, Inc. “John Keats.”
2004.<> (accessed 13 Dec. 2005).

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