Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter
– John Keats
born in Moorgate, London, England, The United Kingdom October 31, 1795
died: February 23, 1821
John Keats was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. During his short life, his work received constant critical attacks from the periodicals of the day, but his posthumous influence on poets such as Alfred Tennyson has been immense. Elaborate word choice and sensual imagery characterize Keats’s poetry, including a series of odes that were his masterpieces and which remain among the most popular poems in English literature. Keats’s letters, which expound on his aesthetic theory of “negative capability”, are among the most celebrated by any writer.