Sketch of the dying Keats by Joseph Severn, January 1821. Image and other details from Hanson, Marilee. “The Final Months: John Keats on his deathbed”, February 22, 2015

Two hundred years ago today, one of the great poets in the English language died of tuberculosis at the age of 25. One hundred years ago, this loss was reflected upon in The Nation magazine by Mark Van Doren, in his essay “John Keats: 1821–1921.” Van Doren had become a professor of English at Columbia University the previous year, and was just 26 when he penned his essay. He later became a legendary teacher for whom an award at Columbia is named, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet. …

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