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Hints: Birth - London, 1795; early age - not quite a bright boy; 1810 - apprentices to a doctor; love of literature; study of Greek and English literature - 1817; the giving up of the medical profession, started writing poems; 1820 - attack of T. B.; went to Italy for health - death there in 1821; short life but one of the greatest English poets.

Italian and English poet John Keats

John Keats

One of the greatest English poets was John Keats. He was born in London in the year 1795. Keats who became so famous later on was not so bright and brilliant in his boyhood. He began his medical profession in 1810 as an apprentice to a doctor. But he gave up this profession after a few years in 1817. In the meantime, his innate and inherent love of literature made him study and learn Greek and English literature. Then Keats started writing poems of which 'Ode to a Nightingale', 'Ode Autumn' and 'To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent' deserve mention. But this great poet was unfortunately attacked with consumption. The disease was detected in 1820. As a result, his health broke down and he went to Italy to regain his lost health. But Keats could not recover from this dangerous disease and ultimately died a premature death there in 1821. Despite his short life, John Keats has been one of the finest poets England has ever produced.

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