Born in 1795, Keats was the youngest of the First Fab Four
and could be considered to be ‘the quiet one’.
His life was a quiet but determined journey to achieve
his potential, rising above the loss of his parents and dedicating himself to his art.
In one of the great feats in literary history he refined his skills
in a three year period to produce his final masterworks published in 1820.
These included 'To Autumn', with its famous opening line
'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' <
Available with 'On the Shore' on
'John Keats's sublime single'
Stream from here
- Includes 2 song versions of John Keats poems
- 'To Autumn' as the ‘A-side’, 'On the Shore' as the B-side.
See here for a discussion of Keats's influence on British war poet Wilfred Owen,
and there is more commentary on 'To Autumn' and 'On the Shore'
at the Lyrics and Schools pages.
(Of interest, this article 'A Keatsian Field Trip' argues that
Keats's 'stubble-plain' is now to be found under a
Winchester car park).