This website is dedicated to the life and work of the great Romantic poet, John Keats. Born in 1795, Keats published three books of poetry in his lifetime but was dismissed as a middle-class interloper by most critics. He had no advantages of birth, wealth or education; he lost his parents in childhood, watched one brother die of tuberculosis and the other emigrate to America. Poverty kept him from marrying the woman he loved. And he achieved lasting fame only after his early death in 1821. Yet grief and hardship never destroyed his passionate commitment to poetry.
Reading Keats is a luxury, a rare chance to experience the English language as a work of art. Whether you are new to his work or a dedicated admirer, I hope you will enjoy visiting this website.
I've collected obvious things - poems and letters, biographies, etc - and lots of non-obvious things, such as original manuscript images and rarely-seen portraits. The goal was to condense a bookshelf worth of Keats into a website. That goal - of course - can never be achieved, but I'll keep trying. And a website isn't really a website until somebody visits it so.... thanks for visiting. -Marilee
'The great beauty of Poetry is, that it makes every thing every place interesting - '
John Keats to his brother George, 1819
silhouette of John Keats in
by Charles Brown;
'[A]nd with respect to my livelihood I will not write for it, for I will not mix with that most vulgar of all crowds the literary.'
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John Keats: His Life and Poetry,
His Friends, Critics and After-Fame by
Silhouette of John Keats by Marianne Hunt.
This silhouette was made in 1820, while Keats recuperated at Leigh and Marianne Hunt's home.
This site was created in 1996-97. Wow. It's still maintained by Marilee. Who feels kind of old right now.