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On A Dream

PostPosted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:24 am
by KayKip
The poem On A Dream by Keats references Paolo and Francesca from the 2nd circle of Dante's Inferno, but I can't seem to connect their relationship to the relationship Keats describes in the poem. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments, or ideas?

As Hermes once took to his feathers light,
When lulled Argus, baffled, swooned and slept,
So on a Delphic reed, my idle spright
So played, so charmed, so conquered, so bereft
The dragon-world of all its hundred eyes;
And seeing it asleep, so fled away,
Not to pure Ida with its snow-cold skies,
Nor unto Tempe, where Jove grieved a day;
But to that second circle of sad Hell,
Where in the gust, the whirlwind, and the flaw
Of rain and hail-stones, lovers need not tell
Their sorrows. Pale were the sweet lips I saw,
Pale were the lips I kissed, and fair the form
I floated with, about that melancholy storm.

Re: On A Dream

PostPosted: Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:39 am
by Raphael
It is based on a dream he had- he wrote about it in one of his letters.

Re: On A Dream

PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:36 am
by kanderson
Ahh..thanks.:) now I understand the poem.:)

Re: On A Dream

PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:57 am
by kanderson
Now I know what the poem meant. thanks.