How has Keats changed your life?

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Postby Manako » Sat Aug 12, 2006 10:40 am

I have a funny story (well, it seems funny now :wink: ) about "how has Keats changed my life". When we read "ode to a grecian urn", I found it...full of deep thoughts and beauty. I loved it, so I went on discussing it with my boyfriend. But while I was explaining it to him, he understood that I was talking about us, instead about the poem for it's own -I had no "metaphoric" meaning. When I reached the lines where Keats describes the lovers painted on the urn, that are forever happy immortalised in the moments before the kiss and could dream forever about that instant, he said "oh, so you prefer the time when you was dreaming about me than now that you got me", or something like that. He understood that I was regretting our relationship! The following day he left me :o
Thank you Keats!

But in fact, Keats made me definitely fall in love with poetry
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Postby Saturn » Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:08 pm

:cry:

Sad story.

I hope you don't blame Keats though :?
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Postby Manako » Sat Aug 12, 2006 2:35 pm

Didn't you see I thank him for it? :D
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Postby Malia » Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:09 pm

Manako wrote:Didn't you see I thank him for it? :D


Haha! That's great, Manako!! :lol:
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:03 pm

So, you could say that Keats is a test of a good relationship. If you pass the test, you have Keats's approval! :lol:
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Postby Saturn » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:04 pm

Well Keats has a lot to answer for I bet.
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Postby Credo Buffa » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:12 pm

I've heard that people sometimes use Monty Python as a "test" for their significant others: if the other doesn't laugh, then things aren't looking too good, but if he/she does laugh, then there's definite potential.

Perhaps Keats could be used in the same way. . . Say, if I'm trying to decide if the guy I'm with is really worth my time and effort, I could analyze his interpretation of Keats. Although, I suppose if he made any attempt to read his work at all as a favor for me, I'd have to give him a chance, wouldn't I? Most guys I've met would run away, probably. :roll:
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Postby Saturn » Sat Aug 12, 2006 11:15 pm

Probably - but you should know by now Credo that poetry, and kind of serious literature is a minority interest so using Keats as a litmus test is perhaps a bit harsh :?
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Postby Manako » Tue Aug 15, 2006 8:45 pm

Not many people can pass a Keats test...but if he or she passes, it would really mean something!
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Postby Saturn » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:09 pm

Shall we devise a Keats test :?:
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Postby greymouse » Tue Aug 15, 2006 10:23 pm

Shall we devise a Keats test


I think it's a great idea. Well, I picture something like a typical online quiz with 10 or 20 questions. It would be hard to make though; I sure wouldn't be of any help since I'm not as Keats savvy as some of the members here.
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Postby Malia » Tue Aug 15, 2006 11:29 pm

Saturn wrote:Shall we devise a Keats test :?:


I'm game for the game! :) ;)
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Postby dks » Wed Aug 16, 2006 12:36 am

DO IT!!

Don't double-dog dare me to take the Keats quiz!!

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Seriously, I suppose we could all contribute?
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Re: How has Keats changed your life?

Postby SnuggleKeats » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:06 pm

I've always loved poetry and have written it for years, but as Oscar Wilde was my favorite, whatever I wrote that was influenced by him wasn't that great. (His prose is godly - his poetry, less than divine.) But as soon as I fell in love with Keats, my words just sort of fall perfectly into place and I owe it to feeling so influenced by him. He's definitely wakened the actual talent behind my creativity, and for that I'm eternally grateful.
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Re: How has Keats changed your life?

Postby Saturn » Sun Oct 12, 2008 10:27 pm

Wilde, as you are I'm sure aware was enthralled by Keats, and in many respects his poetry was influenced by him a lot.
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