John Keats
1795-1821

Tombstone

Keats's grave

Tombstone
 

Keats expressed the wish that on his gravestone no name or date should be written, only the inscription 'Here lies one whose name was writ in water' Above it was to be carved a Greek lyre with four of its eight strings broken 'to show his Classical Genius cut off by death before its maturity' as Severn later interpreted it.