John Keats (1795-1821)

When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.


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February 2016

Keats on ""
Do you know ""? The site is dedicated to poems of all ages, and naturally it proposes a lot to read about Keats.

Go to the Keats-page of "".
Listen to "When I have fears that I may cease to be".

Poetry Foundation

January 2010

Bright Star DVD
Inspired by the biography of Keats by Andrew Motion, who served as a script consultant to the film, "Bright Star" gives a very good insight into the context in which the poem lived and wrote. Furthermore, it is praised by critics as a an exquisite, refreshing love story with excellent actors. Now available on DVD.
What do you think about the film? Join the discussion in the John Keats forum!

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Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw as Fanny Brawne and John Keats

August 2008

New Forum
For five years, programmers all over the world have worked on the new version of our forum, the phpbb 3.0 "Olympus". This new version should not only make you forget all technical problems known from earlier versions. It will make you discover a wide range of completely new features and gives a whole new pleasure of discussing only. Here are some advantages:

Easier to overview
- All threads that have recently been discussed can be shown on one single summarizing page to let you immediately discover the hot topics. - Font size can be made larger or smaller according to your preferences - The search engine is faster, and the overview of results much clearer. You can also restrict your search to specific threads. - You can watch and threads so that you will be informed when there is a new message. - You can control all these functionalities and more over one central control panel.

More sociable
- You can define "friends" for whose posts you are especially interested. When logging in, you will see a summary of their last posts. - All posts can be printed out or recommended to others by e-mail. - A chat functionality permits immediate exchange. - You can be informed on your instant messenger when a new post appears to a topic you are interested in.

More multimedia
- You can add attachments to your posts, such as video or sound files.

More secure
- Spambots are having a harder time to register, and moderators can more easily delete them. - The recent problems of the forum disappearing from time to time should also be solved thanks to the much more powerfull database used.

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taircase leading up to Keats's room.

Enjoy a more sociable, secure and efficient exchange with the new forum!

August 2006

Boasting Forum
With over 5.000 posts and almost 5 new posts every day, the forum has become a very lively place to discuss literature and what's exciting about it on the web. For example, take a tour of Keats' house in Hampstead or read what happened to Keats trivia in Monte Cassino during WWII.

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taircase leading up to Keats's room.

Staircase leading up to Keats's room: One of the pictures from Keats house you can find in the forum.

Summer 2003

Keats House restored
The repairs in Keats House in Hampstead Heath, London, have been finished in spring 2003. The walls have been repainted in the original colors, new rooms have been opened, and this summer, a series of talks on poetry will attract visitors to the house.

Keats House in Hampstead Heath

Keats House in Hampstead Heath

December 1st, 2002

Advent Calendar!
Visit the new Advent Calendar with a poem or an extract from a letter by John Keats every day until Christmas!

The Advent Calendar

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November 13th, 2002

Let's talk about Keats! has got a new and improved bulletin board. There has not been much discussion about John Keats on this site lately, because the old bulletin board did not work anymore.

The new board is an initiative to ignite the debate on the greatest of the Romantic poets. So don't hesitate and post your ideas and questions! With over 500 visitors on this site each day, you won't find a better place for them in the world!

Let's talk about Keats!

It's easier, safer, more practical and more beautiful: The new bulletin board!


Who killed John Keats?
In his poem «John Keats», Byron blames the «savage» reviews of the Quarterly for the death of Keats. In a net premiere, presents the reviews of the Quarterly Review and Blackwood's Magazine plus the protests by Keats' advocates John Scott and J. H. Reynolds .
«I, says the Quarterly»   
February 26th

Praise and traffic on the 1st Birthday
On it's first birthday, welcomes the 100.000th visitor. The site is now well-known and celebrated by the media. "When you have nearly exhausted yourself, type in and relax in the company of some of our best poets." writes Victor Keegan from "Guardian Unlimited", praising the site's wireless content.
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