John Keats

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". (Merriman) John was said to be a 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 ...

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up shortly after. After this, John's mother disappeared. (Merriman) This caused Keats to lose his respect and hope for his mother.
During this time, the Keats children were sent to their grandparents John and Alice Jennings in Enfield. John Keats was educated at Enfield School, which was known for its liberal education. While at Enfield, Keats was encouraged by Charles Cowden Clarke in his reading and writing. (John) Clarke went past the curriculum and as a result, Keats had a good education. John Keats and his siblings were quite popular at school also. John was known as a "fighter" and was very courageous and aggressive but also sensitive. He did not fit the stereotype for a future poet and at that time people were thought to be born poets and not made into one. (Biography)
John Jennings, his grandfather, died in March 1805 and their financial situation began to plummet. (John) John Jennings had been a loving man but he was also gullible enough to hire a land surveyor ...

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He was unsympathetic to the children and once referred to one of Keats' poems as, "a horse that you cannot catch and isn't any good once you catch it." (Merriman) Abbey withdrew John and one of his brothers George from school. John then moved on and apprenticed to be a surgeon. In 1815 he became a student at Guy's Hospital. (Biography) However, after qualifying to become an apothecary-surgeon, Keats gave up the practice of Medicine to become a poet. Keats wrote his first poem at 19 years old just before his grandmother died. (John) Keats wanted to be a poet but he knew that poetry is a privilege to the wealthy who do not have to work and can afford to indulge in word play. This was a ...

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