John Keats was an English Romantic poet, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his works having been in publication for only 4 years before his death from tuberculosis at age 25.
A thing of beauty (Endymion)
is a joy forever
its loveliness increases;it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams and health,
and quiet breathing…
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Thou still unravish’d bride of quietness,
Thou foster-child of silence and slow time
Sylvan historian, who canst thus express
A flowery tale more sweetly than
Lord Byron ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’
the heartthrob of 19th century London. Author of Don Juan,
a satirical novel – in verse that is considered one of the greatest epic poems in English.