Kalin Hall

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Ever seen romance and words out together so smoothly. One of the greatest poets of the 19th

century, John Keats was one of the key figures in the second generation of the Romantic Movement,

and he used many of his poems as an instrument of expression, to send messages to the audience.

The poems La Belle Dame sans Merci and Bright Star vividly portray the life of Keats, and his many

thoughts and feelings through a unique crowd of literacy techniques. Some contexts that influence the

very flow of Keats’s poetry were the social contexts in the 19th century, during the Romantic Era, as

well as the personal contexts of Keats himself, and his complicated relationship with Fanny Brawne.

John Keats was born on October 31, 1795. He was the oldest of five siblings. One of them,

Edward died at infancy. He lived a happy childhood in North London. His father Thomas Keats and his

mother Frances Jennings owned a livery business called the “Swan and Hoop”. John was a very unique

boy. He would answer people by rhyming the last word of his answer to the last word to their question.

John really enjoyed doing this, which paid off later in his life. Keats loved his mother very much and was

very protective of her. Keat’s family wasn’t rich but they were well off. When Keats was 9 years old,

his father fell off his horse on the way home and died several hours later. Jennings misery didn’t last long

and she soon married a minor bank clerk named William Rawlings. Rawlings only wanted money and

they broke up shortly after. After this, John’s mother disappeared. This caused Keats to lose his respect

and hope for his mother.
John Keats wrote his first poem at 19 years old just before his grandmother died. Keats wanted

to be a...

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...eighbor Fanny Brawne fell deeply in love and got

engaged in 1819. However, the previous year on a trip to Scotland, signs of sickness started growing in

Keats. They then moved to Italy, in September 1820 while still keeping secretly engaged. In February

1821, John Keats died peacefully in Rome of tuberculosis.

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John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn," Bartleby.com, http://www.bartleby.com/101/625.html , Accessed 5 November 2009.

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David Perkins, "John Keats," English Romantic Writers, Second Edition (Harcourt Brace & Company: 1995), 1182.

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