"what Keats was going through when he tried to write poetry against the coming of death"
Portrait of John Keats (1819) by Charles Brown
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Keats' tombstone, Protestant Cemetry, Rome
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John Keats(1795-1821) ranks with Wordsworth, Byron, and Shelley as one of the greatest English Romantic poets.

Amongst his most well-known, and most respected works are: The Eve of St. Agnes; Endymion; Ode on a Grecian Urn;  and Ode to a Nightingale.

In 1820, Keats became seriously ill with consumption (tuberculosis) and left England for Italy.  Much of his work is coloured by the knowledge of his illness and the premonition of his untimely death. He died in Rome in 1821, and is buried there in the Protestant Cemetry.

Extract from Ode to a Nightingale:

Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin and dies;

Where but to think is to be full of sorrow

And leaden-eyed despairs,

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