“Here lies one whose name was writ in water.”

 

Keats travelled to Rome and died there, aged just 25, in February, 1821. He told his friend Joseph Severn that he didn’t want his name to appear on his tombstone, but merely this line:

“Here lies one whose name was writ in water.”

Severn honoured that wish, as the gravestone shows – Keats is commemorated just as ‘A young English poet’.

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