Definition of John Keats from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


John Keats

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(1795-1821) an English poet. He is considered to be one of the greatest figures of the Romantic Movement and was a friend of Shelley, Hazlitt and Wordsworth. His best-known poems include Ode on a Grecian Urn, Ode to a Nightingale, To Autumn and La Belle Dame Sans Merci, all written in 1819. Common themes in his poems are the beauty of nature and the short time available for human life and happiness. He died in Rome of tuberculosis (= a disease of the lungs), aged only 26. His Letters were published in 1848.