Keats (kēts), John, author of Endymion, Isabella, Hyperion and other poems, was born at London in 1795. He attended a school at Enfield during his early years, and in 1810 was apprenticed to a surgeon. He practiced that profession for seven years, and then gave his entire attention to literature and especially to poetry. Although Keats lived only 26 years, his poetry displays genius of a very high order. He died of consumption at Rome in 1821. See Life by Lord Houghton and by Sidney Colvin.