The Eve of Saint Mark is a fragment of a poem written by John Keats in 1819. The title alludes to the holiday of Saint Mark that is celebrated on the 25th of April, thus Saint Mark's Eve falls upon 24th of April. The title also alludes to the legend of 17-19th century England that says that if one sits in the church porch from 23:00 till 01:00 for three years in a row, then on the third year one can see ghosts of people that are going to die in the current year coming to the church. Anyway, Keats's poem only partially deals with that custom: it dwells on one Bertha reading about this strange legend. It is universally acknowledged that this fragment is a vivid example of pessimistic trend in Keats's late works and his fear of death. Oddly enough, in 1818 he became very certain about the fact that it is going to take him three years to die. Unfortunately, he proved to had been right.