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14 Times John Keats Made You Involuntarily Swoon

As written by John Keats (and as portrayed by Ben Wishaw). Happy 219th birthday, John!

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1. When John was like, "Now a soft kiss — Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss."

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(From "Endymion.")

Omg John pls. Omg John staaaaaahp.

2. When he wrote, "My love is selfish. I cannot breathe without you.”

(From a letter to Fanny Brawne.)I'm your oxygen and you're my baetrogen — sorry, no, you're the poet.
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(From a letter to Fanny Brawne.)

I'm your oxygen and you're my baetrogen — sorry, no, you're the poet.

3. When he was all, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard / Are sweeter."

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(From "Ode on a Grecian Urn.")

And you, John, are the sweetest.

4. When he was like, "Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul?"

(From a letter to George and Georgiana Keats.)But omg John, if I'm with you, I don't want to grow up.
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(From a letter to George and Georgiana Keats.)

But omg John, if I'm with you, I don't want to grow up.

5. When he was casually like, "The Poetry of the earth is never dead.”

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(From "On the Grasshopper and Cricket.")

Only because you walk the Earth and you give it LIFE.

6. But also when he was all, "Scenery is fine—but human nature is finer."

(From a letter to Benjamin Haydon.)And your ~nature~ is fine as fuh, bae.
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(From a letter to Benjamin Haydon.)

And your ~nature~ is fine as fuh, bae.

7. When he was like, "You are always new. The last of your kisses was even the sweetest; the last smile the brightest; the last movement the gracefullest."

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(From a letter to Fanny Brawne.)

Omg thanks, but like, please tell me we can still go thrifting this Sunday.

8. And when John said, "I wish to believe in immortality—I wish to live with you forever."

(From a letter to Fanny Brawne.)That's fine because you're actually an angel, right?
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(From a letter to Fanny Brawne.)

That's fine because you're actually an angel, right?

9. When he got real and said, "Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know."

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(From a letter to Fanny Brawne.)

WOW SAME, JOHN.

10. When he was simply, "I was never afraid of failure; for I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest."

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(From a letter to James Hessey.)

*hands thrown up emoji* YOOOOOO, J.K.

11. And when he was like, "There is nothing stable in the world; uproar's your only music.”

(From a letter to George and Thomas Keats.)But that cat and I are, like, your rock, you know?
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(From a letter to George and Thomas Keats.)

But that cat and I are, like, your rock, you know?

12. When he was all, "Poetry should strike the Reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a Remembrance."

(From a letter to John Taylor.)Makes sense, because when I'm with you, I don't want to forget a single moment aaaayyyy.
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(From a letter to John Taylor.)

Makes sense, because when I'm with you, I don't want to forget a single moment aaaayyyy.

13. When he was just like, "Touch has a memory."

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(From "What Can I Do to Drive Away.")

Hold me forever and I won't ever need to back-up to the Cloud.

14. And finally, when John was like, “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know."

(From "Ode on a Grecian Urn.")You are beauty, and you are truth. That is something everybody knows.
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(From "Ode on a Grecian Urn.")

You are beauty, and you are truth. That is something everybody knows.

Happy 219th birthday, John! Your works of beauty are a joy forever*~

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