Poet John Keats' famous London home has reopened after a four year restoration. Keats wrote some of his best-known poetry there, such as the five odes of 1819 which include Ode to a Nightingale and Ode on a Grecian Urn.
The house was originally built as a pair of semi-detached houses known as Wentworth Place. The interior of Keats House has been sensitively and painstakingly restored due to a Heritage Lottery Grant of £424,000. The culmination of four years of preparation and research work, the refurbishment reflects the original decoration of the property, creating a living space that Keats would have recognised and providing an authentic example of Regency style.
The two years Keats spent at the house were arguably his most productive as a poet, and perhaps this reflects the fact that while here, he met and fell in love with Fanny Brawne, the daughter of the family in the house next door. They became engaged to marry, but the romance was cut tragically short. Keats, seriously weakened by tuberculosis, was advised to seek warmer climes, and left England for Italy in 1820. He was never to return, and died in Rome in 1821 at the age of just 25.
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