So often it is the case that great figures are never recognised until after their death, and the renowned Romantic poet, John Keats is one of those people. Born in 1795, he studied to be an apothecary surgeon, but was persuaded by his friend, Cowden Clarke, to pursue poetry instead.
Keats's writings were not given much credence during his lifetime, but have since become a treasured part of English literature. Keats's best poems are considered to be his ode. He wrote six in total, five of which were written at Wentworth Place by Hampstead Heath.
Grade 1 listed, it was turned into a museum in 1931, and now called Keats House. Entry is £5.50 f0r adults, £3.50 concessions, and free for under 17s. While there, visitors can explore Keats's bedroom, study, and garden, as well as get involved in various activities. During August, there a a number of events to enjoy:
Keats in London 9th August, 11am – 1.30pm, £8 adult, £6 concessions
A guided walk taking you on a tour of Keats's life. Starting at the place of his birth in Moorgate, you'll then go on to Apothecaries Hall, stroll along the river to London Bridge, and finish by the Keats memorial statue in Guys Hospital.
Afternoon Poems: War Poetry From Home 9th August, 3pm – 4pm, Free with admission
Many soldiers wrote poetry while at war, but what about those at home? Listen to poetry from the people on the battle field.
Keats is not on Facebook 16th August, 3pm – 4pm, Free with admission
Helen Burke reads poetry or the Keats-Shelley House in Rome, in which she asks 'What would Keats make of the modern world?'
Family Day: The Sea 17th August, 1pm – 4pm, Free with admission
Explore the deep blue see at Keats house with an afternoon of fun activities for families.
Take a walk through Hampstead and enjoy readings of Keats's poetry.
Keats House Poets Present… Travel Poetry with Laila Sumpton
31st August, 2pm – 4pm, Free with admission
What do people seek to find on holiday? What do they hoe to get away from? What experiences do they want to gain? Laila Sumpton explores postcard poetry, looking at techniques used to transport readers to new destinations.