In Keats’s untimely death, did Shelley foresee his own?

John Keats listening to the nightingale on Hampstead Heath, by Joseph Severn, 1845.

John Keats died 200 years ago this month, on February 23, 1821, the loss lamented in the elegy Adonais published a few months later by Percy Bysshe Shelley whose own death came the following year. The remains of both famous Romantic poets lie in the same cemetery in Rome.

It took seven weeks for the devastating news of John Keats’s death, aged 25, in Rome to reach…