The Grave of Keats

Mitchell, S. (Silas) Weir

Primary Category: Literature / Poetry

Genre: Poem

Annotated by:
Coulehan, Jack
  • Date of entry: May-01-1996


The poet stands in the Protestant Cemetery at Rome, beside the grave of John Keats, on which the epitaph is written: "Here lies one whose name was writ in water." The poet addresses the cemetery ("Fair little city of the pilgrim dead"), commenting on the beauty of the place and of its music: "Sing in the pure security of bliss." Yet, even this serene place cannot comfort the poet, who has inherited "the anguish of the doubt / Writ on this gravestone."


The interesting image of a late 19th century American physician-poet (this poem was written in 1891) standing at the grave of this great British poet-physician who had died at such an excruciatingly early age of consumption.

Primary Source

Complete Poems



Place Published

New York