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About the Author
John Keats (1795-1821) was apprenticed to a surgeon when he decided to commit himself to poetry. His genius was recognised and encouraged by his friends, but it was not until after his death that his place in English Romanticism was fully acknowledged.
John Barnard is Professor of English Literature at the University of Leeds and is the editor of THE COMPLETE POEMS of Keats in the Penguin English Poets series.
John Keats (1795-1821) is one of the greatest English poets and a key figure in the Romantic movement. He grew up in London and undertook medical training before finding his vocation in poetry. His poems include 'The Eve of St Agnes', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and 'To Autumn', and his group of five odes, which include 'Ode to a Nightingale', are ranked among the greatest short poems in the English language. They were written shortly before his tragically early death, in Rome, from tuberculosis at the age of twenty-five.