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Keats, king of the ode - Sara Wheeler

Features | By Sara Wheeler

Keats House, Hampstead

Two hundred years after Keats’s death, Sara Wheeler follows in his footsteps, from Hampstead to Rome

John Keats, apostle of truth and beauty, died 200 years ago, on 23rd February 1821, in Rome, aged 25. A new biography by Lucasta Miller marks the bicentenary. For two decades, I have looked down from my bedroom window into the garden of the white villa, now Keats House, where he wrote Ode to a Nightingale under a plum tree. Keats strode daily along the oak groves of Hampstead Heath, beside the ponds fed by the headwaters of the Fleet and through the ancient woods that look over to Highgate. ...

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