He was one of the main figures of the second generation of romantic poets along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his work only having been in publication for four years before his death. Although his poems were not generally well received by critics during his life, his reputation grew after his death, so that by the end of the 19th century he had become one of the most beloved of all English poets.
His father was Thomas Keats, manager of the Swan and Hoop, a livery stable, and his mother was Frances Jennings, the daughter of the proprietor of the stables. Clarke was a liberal and his influence may have contributed to Keats' political development.
The school, surprisingly, had a wider curriculum than such prestigious public schools as Eton. There were about seventy-five boys in attendance.
Its rural location may have fostered Keats' love of nature. John was popular with the other boys and won a reputation as an able fighter, in spite of his small size, but was not outstanding as a scholar.
On April 15,John's father was thrown from a horse and died from a skull fracture. His mother then married a bank clerk whom she soon left. Her second husband sold the stables and the four Keats children were left without a home.
In MarchJohn's grandfather died, leaving the children without a male protector. The mother seems to have dropped out of their lives, and so their grandmother, Mrs.
Jennings, took them into her house.
Their mother reappeared inbut died of tuberculosis in After his mother's death, Keats developed a love of reading, including the thrillers popular in his time.
In his last two or three terms at Enfield he won several prizes and even began a prose translation of Virgil's Aeneid. At this time he made a friend of Cowden Clarke, eight years his senior, who had been his tutor in his first years at Enfield.
Clarke was instrumental in fostering a love of music and poetry in Keats. Possibly because he had watched his mother die, Keats decided to become a doctor and, inwhen he reached the age of sixteen, he was apprenticed to a Dr.
Not until he was eighteen did he become deeply interested in poetry. His first poem was an imitation of Spenser.
Keats has often been compared to Spenser in his richness of description.
InKeats ended his apprenticeship with Dr. Hammond and matriculated at Guy's Hospital for one term six months.
In the beginning, Keats was an industrious student, but in the spring ofhe seems to have begun to lose his interest in medicine in favor of poetry. However, he passed his examinations in Julyand was qualified to practice as an apothecary and a surgeon.
At this time Keats renewed his friendship with Clarke, met another young poet, John Hamilton Reynolds, and was introduced to the essayist, journalist, and poet Leigh Hunt, who was impressed by the poetry Keats had written so far.
His friendship with Hunt was to have an important effect on his life. Hunt deepened his interest in poetry and made him a liberal in politics. His association with Hunt, however, who was a well-known liberal, brought upon him the hostility of the influential Tory critics. Early inKeats gave up medicine for poetry.
His career at Guy's Hospital had been a successful one, but his fascination with poetry was stronger, and he had proved, at least to his own satisfaction, that he could write poetry. His modest inheritance would support him, he thought, until he had made his way in poetry.
His first volume, published by Shelley's publisher, Oilier, appeared March 3, It was a mediocre achievement, but it contained "Chapman's Homer. The volume went almost unnoticed.John attended a school at this film dramatizes the life of John Keats from his early years in England until his death at study by Bate.
In W. Jackson. Early Life. John Keats was born on October 31, , in London, England. He was the first born son of stable-keeper, Thomas and his wife Frances Keats. In , young John attended school in Enfield. When he was eight years old, his father died in a horse riding accident.
Shortly after, his mother remarried and incurred a series of financial losses. John Keats, by contrast, was a poet so sensuous and physically specific that his early work, such as Endymion (), could produce an over-luxuriant, cloying effect.
As the program set out in his early poem “Sleep and Poetry” shows, however, Keats was determined to discipline. John Keats was born on October 31, , on the northern outskirts of London.
His father was Thomas Keats, manager of the Swan and Hoop, a livery stable, and hi. John Keats: His Life and Death, the first major motion picture about the life of Keats, was produced in by Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc..
It was directed by John Barnes. John Stride played John Keats and Janina Faye played Fanny Brawne. The Life of John Keats () – Key Facts, Information & Biography John Keats was born on 31 October , the first of Frances Jennings and Thomas Keats’s five children, one of .