Trigger Warning

On this day in 1821, John Keats died. Literary Heist challenges you to write a poem for submission using the life of Keats as your inspiration.


  • Ode on a Grecian Urn
  • La Belle Dame sans Merci
  • Ode to a Nightingale
  • To Autumn


  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
  • Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’–that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. – Ode to a Grecian Urn
  • Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
  • The poetry of the earth is never dead.
  • Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
  • I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.
  • Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
  • Much have I traveled in the realms of gold, and many goodly states and kingdoms seen.
  • Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
  • Now a soft kiss – Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss.

Find out more about the life and times of John Keats.

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