JOHN KEATS AND SEEKING BEAUTY
26 July 2018
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” – John Keats
At the end of his legendary poem, “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” John Keats calls us to seek a universal quality for beauty that transcends time. As the inspiration behind 1000M’s vision, Keats’ brief life has led many generations to discover beauty through his powerful words.
Born in London in 1795, John Keats was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Originally training to become a surgeon, Keats changed career paths when his time spent buried in books awakened his love of poetry. He began experimenting with verse forms, though his published works were criticized.
Through the winter of 1818-19, Keats wrote his mose mature work at Wentworth Place, now the Keats House museum. It was during this time that he wrote “Ode to Psyche,” “Ode to a Nightingale” and “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
In 1820, Keats started showing symptoms of tuberculosis, eventually moving to Italy at the suggestion of his doctors. The journey, however, only worsened his condition. Keats moved into a villa on the Spanish Steps in Rome, now home to the Keats-Shelley Memorial House, while his health continued to decline. On February 23, 1821, at the age of 25, Keats passed.
At the time of his death, John Keats had only been writing poetry seriously for about six years. In spite of a conviction that he had made no mark during his lifetime, Keats would posthumously go on to be one of the most studied and admired British poets, celebrated for his emotions, eloquent use of natural imagery and love of beauty.
At 1000M, we seek a notion of beauty that rises above, and we celebrate those who have a special appreciation for this sensibility. Residents at 1000M not only seek beauty philosophically, they also choose to live within it