1795 born eldest child. Father (Thomas) manager of a livery stable.
1803-11 attends John Clarke's school in Enfield, 12 miles north of London.
1804 father dies; mother remarries. Keats, his brothers, and sister go to live with mother's parents in Enfield.
1810 mother dies of tuberculosis.
1811-15 apprenticed to Thomas Hammond, an apothecary-surgeon.
1814 writes first poetry.
1815 enters Guy's Hospital, London, for further medical training.
1816 accelerated poetic activity. Meets Leigh Hunt, Benjamin Haydon, & John Hamilton Reynolds.
1817 Poems. Meets Benjamin Bailey, Charles Dilke, Charles Brown, and Wordsworth.
1818 Endymion. Brother George and bride emigrate to America. Meets Fanny Brawne. Throughout the autumn, nursing his brother Tom, who dies of tuberculosis in December. Walking tour of northern England and Scotland. Moves into Wentworth Place with Charles Brown.
1819 writes the poems which place him among the English poets, including the great odes. Fanny Brawne and her family move into the other half of Wentworth Place.
1820 Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems. Severe hemorrhage in the lungs; moves to Rome.
1821 dies.

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