John Keats

First publications

Frontispiece of Poems (1817)

In 1816 he also met Leigh Hunt, who published in The Examiner Keats’s poem "O Solitude", and through whom he met Shelley. His first volume of poems was published in March 1817. Sales were meagre and that autumn came the first of the harsh critical attacks in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, labelling Keats and his associates as members of the so-called “Cockney School”. These attacks were repeated upon the publication of Endymion in 1818.