Tour of Keats House
10 September 2014
Born in the Ward of Coleman Street, John Keats was one of the principal poets in the English Romantic movement. Keats was born near Moorgate in 1795. The exact location of his actual birth is unproven, but he was raised in the 'Swan and Hoop' Inn at 199 Moorgate (now called 'Keats at The Globe' and re-numbered as 85), where his father was an 'ostler' (ie one who tends to horses at an inn).
A passage from 'Endymion' by John Keats (published: 1818):
"A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing...."
To the left is a short promotional video for Keats House, produced by the City of London Corporation. Click on the picture to begin playing.
Toward the end of this video is a reading of the passage quoted above.