We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Who is John Keats?

By Kathy Hawkins
Updated Mar 06, 2024
Our promise to you
PublicPeople is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At PublicPeople, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

John Keats was a well-known and talented English poet who lived from 1795 to 1821. Despite his short lifetime, he is one of the world's most popular poets of all time, and his work has been anthologized in many books and educational texts throughout the world.

Born in London, Keats endured a series of great tragedies from a young age. His father died in 1804, after falling from a horse; his mother passed away only six years later from tuberculosis. Keats was only 15 years old, at the time but he became the primary caregiver for his younger brother, Tom. Sadly, Tom also suffered from tuberculosis, and died from the disease in 1818. Two years later, Keats was diagnosed with tuberculosis. On his doctor's advice, he moved from London to Italy, which he hoped would help to restore his heath. Unfortunately, he did not recover from the disease; he died of tuberculosis in 1821.

Although John Keats was only 25 at the time of his death, he left behind a sophisticated and large body of work. He was highly influenced by the work of 16th century English poet Edmund Spencer; Spencer's The Faerie Queen was his favorite work. Keats' work is associated with the Romantic movement, a cultural movement that emphasized emotion and passion over rational thought. Other members of the Romantic movement included fellow writers such as Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, as well as painter and writer William Blake.

One of John Keats' major works is an epic poem called "Endymion," which is based upon a Greek myth about a shepherd's love for the goddess of the moon. This poem was one of his earliest works, and received a generally poor critical reception, though it showed signs of his talent. He followed the epic poem with a series of "odes," or poems addressed to a specific person or object. Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," written in 1819, is often considered to be one of the greatest works in English literature.

Since his death, Keats has served as a great inspiration to many writers and creative individuals, including Oscar Wilde and William Butler Yeats. His influence has even spread to the music world; the Smiths singer, Morrissey, includes a reference to John Keats in the band's song, "Cemetery Gates."

PublicPeople is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments

By Lostnfound — On Nov 07, 2014

I like Keats, too. It truly is a shame he died so young. He's one who probably had several more years of productive work ahead of him, had he lived.

Morrissey can cite Keats as a source all he wants to, but his music is far too dark and angst-ridden to have much of an influence from Keats. People need to be a little more circumspect when they claim influences from famous poets. Someone may have actually read that particular poet and may wonder if the musician was just saying something because it sounded good, not because it actually had more than a grain of truth in it.

By Grivusangel — On Nov 06, 2014

Cliche as it may be, I love "Ode on a Grecian Urn," and Keats in general. I also like "Fancy," which is a lovely piece. Keats had a way of using language that was simply beautiful and I deeply appreciate him every time I re-read his works.

He manages to capture an image in fewer words than Coleridge or Shelley, and in a much lovelier tone. Coleridge gets too wordy, and Shelly too dark, but Keats is always airy and bright. Yep, it's got to be Keats. Love him.

PublicPeople, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

PublicPeople, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.