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Welcome to the Keats Foundation!

Keats House Hampstead was the home of John Keats from December 1818 until he left for Rome  in August 1820. Here Keats composed his mysterious and magical lyric La Belle Dame sans Merci,  finished his wonderful narrative poem The Eve of St Agnes, and wrote his great odes of spring 1819 including Ode to a Nightingale. It was here, too, that Fanny Brawne lived with her mother, sister and brother

Built in 1815, nearly two hundred years ago, Keats House has always welcomed poets. Here Keats was visited by his poet-friends John Hamilton Reynolds, Leigh Hunt, and Barry Cornwall. The painters Joseph Severn and William Hilton came too. It was here that Keats met and fell in love with his ‘bright star’ Fanny Brawne.

The Keats Foundation is a Registered Charity (No. 1147589) that exists to   encourage enjoyment and understanding of Keats’s poems, letters, life and times and to inspire new generations of young poets to fulfil their creative ambitions. We support educational initiatives based at Keats House, and more widely at festivals, readings, conferences and other Keats-related events. For our latest activities, please see the News pages on this website.

Please join the Keats Foundation community by becoming one of our Supporters – just click on the links here to enrol and find out more about how you can be involved with the Keats Foundation.