Rome remembers Keats on the bicentenary of his death

Poetry readings by Keats’ grave 200 years after his death in Rome.

It was a perfect morning in Rome’s Non-Catholic Cemetery as flowers were laid on the grave of Romantic poet John Keats who died in the city 200 years ago today.

There were readings too in the cemetery, currently closed to the public, as the almost-spring sunshine lit a sea of daisies to the backdrop of the Pyramid of Cestius.

The poignant graveside commemoration, complete with cats, was part of a series of events to celebrate the extraordinary legacy of the English poet who died in a little room overlooking the Spanish Steps on this day in 1821.

Rome’s Keats-Shelley House commemorates the bicentenary with an immersive video experience narrated by Bob Geldof and a live guided tour of the museum, as well as an exhibition of paintings by Nancy Cadogan.

Poet and theatre-maker Luke Wright were also specially commissioned by Nemo and ArtHouse Jersey to write a poem to mark the bicentenary of Keats’ death.

To learn more about the anniversary events check the website of the Keats-Shelley House which is open for visitors Mon-Fri 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-18.00.