what poem is this?

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what poem is this?

Postby Raphael » Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:13 pm

In Ward's book she quotes a poem, but it isn't in my 2 Keats poetry books ( one is supposed to be the complete works but actually it isn't as it hasn't the poem To death in it).
These are the first few lines:

'Twas a quiet Eve:
The rocks were silent- the wide sea did weave
An untumultous fringe of silver foam
Along the flat brown sand...



It seems to have been written when Tom was ill and they were living in Teignmouth.

If anyone knows what it is I would be pleased to know.Thanks!
John....you did not live to see-
who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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Re: what poem is this?

Postby Saturn » Fri Nov 27, 2009 3:35 pm

'Epistle to John Hamilton', available on this very site, last stanza:

http://www.john-keats.com/gedichte/epistle_to_john_hamilton.htm
"Oh what a misery it is to have an intellect in splints".
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Re: what poem is this?

Postby BrokenLyre » Sat Nov 28, 2009 6:37 am

I believe John Keats wrote this on March 25, 1818 - Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds. Some great lines in this epistle!
"Come... dry your eyes, for you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly. Dry your eyes... and let's go home."
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Re: what poem is this?

Postby Raphael » Sat Nov 28, 2009 3:55 pm

Thanks! That explains why I couldn't find it by looking for the first line!I shall read that slowly tonight and savour it all!
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who we are because of what you left,
what it is we are in what we make of you.

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