John Keats's literary career amounted to just three and a half years. It began in July 1816 after he passed the apothecaries' examination at Guy's Hospital and lasted until late 1819. Keats wrote 150 poems, but those upon which his reputation rests were written in the span of nine months, from January to September 1819. This intense flowering of talent remains unparalleled in literary history. Keats is one of the principal figures in the Romantic movement, his verse violettenderly fanciful and intensely musical. His stature as a poet has grown steadily despite changing fashions
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