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John Keats 1795- 1821

Keats was born in London and became a prolific writer of great importance to the romantic wave of English poetry.

Following the death of his parents (father 1804) and (mother 1810 from tuberculosis), he lived briefly with his grandmother and attended a school that encouraged his creative ability becoming later an apothecary (pharmacist and surgeons assistant). He rejected medicine in 1814 for a literary career, however.

His brother died of tuberculosis in 1818 and Keats also contracted the disease moving to Rome in 1820 for respite in the warmer air but died in 1821 and was buried there.

His works attracted severe criticism when published but they were admired by Shelley and Byron.