Keats J. To Autumn. Reprint in: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovasc J. April 2017;13(2):84.doi: https://doi.org/10.14797/mdcj-13-2-84
For summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells.
Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours.
And gathering swallows twitter in the skies.
John Keats (1795–1821) was born in London and trained as a physician and surgeon at Guy’s Hospital. He developed an early interest in poetry and never practiced medicine. Without means, he moved in with his brothers, and while helping to nurse one of them, he contracted tuberculosis and died of the disease at 25. His career as a poet was brief, but Keats left a remarkable body of mature work. He is most famous for his sonnets and his odes. “To Autumn,” one of these odes, is regarded as one of the finest British poems of the 19th century.