John Keats 31 October 1795– 23 February 1821

John E Marks
1 min readApr 19, 2021
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Melancholy’s lack of zest
written all over his palimpsest:
to die at twenty-five to some
will hardly seem to have been alive,
but for Johnny Keats and the footloose Cavaliers
poetry, music, art, tears were eternal.
They eschewed self-pity, untold fears.



John E Marks

I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can