Besides composing many beautiful and interesting poems, John Keats had 25 years of life with many stories. Below are some interesting facts about Keats.
- Over his short life of 25 years, Keats published fifty-four poems in three novels as well as a few magazines using a wide range of poetic forms including odes and sonnets.
- Keats was a slender and short man being just over 5 feet in height. His hair was a reddish brown colour and curly.
-After Keats' mother left the family after her divorce, he suffered from chronic anxiety.
- According to a friend, Richard Woodhouse, Keats was particularly horrible at reading his own poems not giving them justice.
- When Keats became a published poet, he considered his earlier works to be awful so much so that he collected every piece of paper containing them and burned them.
- Keats was engaged to the love of his life, Fanny Brawne however they were never married. This was because Keats wanted to strongly build his role as a poet and earn money before him and Fanny were married. However, Keats became extremely unwell from tuberculosis and the marriage never occurred.
- Whilst suffering from tuberculosis, Keats and Brawne could not have any physical contact. They communicated through a glass screen and sent each other love letters. Some of the love letters that were written can be viewed here.
- Keats died of tuberculosis in Rome, Italy on February 23rd, 1821. This disease had also killed his uncle, mother and brother. He is buried at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome.