Friday Fun Facts: John Keats — Five Short Years

On this day in 1816, John Keats’ first poem was published in The Examiner. He was 20 years old. His first book of poetry was published a year later. In 1819, he wrote many of his well-known poems, including “Ode to a Grecian Urn.” A year later, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and died in 1821.

His life was filled with tragedy. His father died when he was 8 years old. His mother and grandparents also passed away in the following years. He and his four siblings were cheated out of their inheritance and he lived in poverty. Because of his economic status, he couldn’t marry the woman he loved.

Even though he was only 25 when he died, his poetry lives on.


Posted on May 5, 2017, in Fun Facts, inspiration, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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