John Keats was born in London on October 31, 1795, he died on February 23, 1821. Keats is considered one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. During his short life of twenty six years, his work received much critical attacks from the periodicals of the day, though the opinions were more politics rather than aesthetics. By the mid 19th century readers began to appreciate more fully the significance of the cultural change his work both presaged and helped to form. Elaborate word choice and sensual imagery characterize Keats' poetry.