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John's anniversary

Postby Raphael » Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:20 pm

Dear Keats friends, tommorrow as you all know is the anniversary of dear John's passing. So if you please, raise a glass of Claret in Remembrance to our dear Poet, say a prayer or send out love and good wishes ( whatever your inclinations are).
And most of all thanks to him for the wonderful poems and letters he has left us.
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.

Peter Sanson, 1995.
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby BrokenLyre » Tue Feb 23, 2010 3:07 am

Here Here!!

Yes - tomorrow I will be watching Bright Star (again) with different people who have not seen it yet. It's my way of honoring Keats - introducing him to new people. Anyone doing anything tomorrow?
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby Malia » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:07 am

Back in the day, I used to kidnap my friends and force them to read Keats' poetry in a candle-lit room while eating cheese and crackers and drinking either wine or Juicy Juice. OK, I only did that once--maybe twice--back in Undergrad, when I was young and foolish (and my friends were kind enough not to have me committed). :lol:

I don't know what I'll do to mark Keats's death. Hmm. . .I suppose I'll raise a glass of the over-oxidized, cheap red wine I have on hand and maybe read a favorite poem or two.
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby Raphael » Tue Feb 23, 2010 5:43 pm

BrokenLyre wrote:Here Here!!

Yes - tomorrow I will be watching Bright Star (again) with different people who have not seen it yet. It's my way of honoring Keats - introducing him to new people. Anyone doing anything tomorrow?


I am simply lighting a candle ( in front of the Hilton portrait of him) and sending him love, thanks and good wishes- exactly at 11.00 pm.I haven't got any Claret in but I'll put out a glass of nice fruit juice for him.

I have done my tours today at the gallery ( Isabella is in the paintings I cover),and I made a point of telling the visitors about John's passing today.
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: John's anniversary

Postby Malia » Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:03 pm

In honor of the Anniversary of Keats's passing, I am re-posting one of my favorite poems about Keats, written by Countee Cullen--a Harlem Renaissance poet who was deeply influenced by Keats's poetry.

To John Keats, Poet. At Springtime
Spring, 1924

I cannot hold my peace, John Keats;
There never was a spring like this;
It is an echo, that repeats
My last year's song and next year's bliss.
I know, in spite of all men say
Of Beauty, you have felt her most.
Yea, even in your grave her way
Is laid. Poor, troubled, lyric ghost,
Spring never was so fair and dear
As Beauty makes her seem this year.

I cannot hold my peace, John Keats,
I am as helpless in the toil
Of Spring as any lamb that bleats
To feel the solid earth recoil
Beneath his puny legs. Spring beats
Her tocsin call to those who love her,
And lo! the dogwood petals cover
Her breast with drifts of snow, and sleek
White gulls fly screaming to her, and hover
About her shoulders, and kiss her cheek,
While white and purple lilacs muster
A strength that bears them to a cluster
Of color and odor; for her sake
All things that slept are now awake.

And you and I, shall we lie still,
John Keats, while Beauty summons us?
Somehow I feel your sensitive will
Is pulsing up some tremulous
Sap road of a maple tree, whose leaves
Grow music as they grow, since your
Wild voice is in them, a harp that grieves
For life that opens death's dark door.
Though dust, your fingers still can push
The Vision Splendid to a birth,
Though now they work as grass in the hush
Of the night on the broad sweet page of the earth.

"John Keats is dead," they say, but I
Who hear your full insistent cry
In bud and blossom, leaf and tree,
Know John Keats still writes poetry.
And while my head is earthward bowed
To read new life sprung from your shroud,
Folks seeing me must think it strange
That merely spring should so derange
My mind. The do not know that you,
John Keats, keep revel with me, too.
Stay Awake!
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby Credo Buffa » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:00 pm

With all the stress right now, I completely forgot about this! Typically I would enjoy a glass of claret in Keats' honor on this evening. Alas, with a nasty cold, an extreme sleep deficit, and a big move getting in the way, I may have to pass on that this year. Watching Bright Star is a brilliant idea though, as BrokenLyre suggests. I shall have to put that on my list for the coming years.

I did, however, just last night arrange my "Keats shelf" in my new apartment. Perhaps I shall sit and admire that for a bit and read a poem or two before bedtime. :)
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby BrokenLyre » Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:49 am

Thanks Malia for that delightful poem. A nice gift for the 23rd.
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby Raphael » Wed Feb 24, 2010 3:14 pm

Thanks for the posts. He will never be forgotten.
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: John's anniversary

Postby Ennis » Tue Jun 08, 2010 8:51 pm

Raphael --

No, he never shall be forgotten. I know it's been several months since the 23rd of February, but I try to honour him every month, somehow. The candles on the shrine are lit for him most every night of the year. In spring, I honour the season of the great odes; September, it's for "Ode to Autumn" and for leaving Fanny ; October, it's in honour of the Gift for the World and the (most likely) time of the secret engagement; November and December, it's all about Thomas and John's love for this brother; January is for the remarkable "Eve of St. Agnes"; and that brings us back to February. I spend a lot of money of tea-lights.
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Re: John's anniversary

Postby Raphael » Tue Jun 08, 2010 9:06 pm

Ennis wrote:Raphael --

No, he never shall be forgotten. I know it's been several months since the 23rd of February, but I try to honour him every month, somehow. The candles on the shrine are lit for him most every night of the year. In spring, I honour the season of the great odes; September, it's for "Ode to Autumn" and for leaving Fanny ; October, it's in honour of the Gift for the World and the (most likely) time of the secret engagement; November and December, it's all about Thomas and John's love for this brother; January is for the remarkable "Eve of St. Agnes"; and that brings us back to February. I spend a lot of money of tea-lights.


That's sweet Ennis- I think he would appreciate your sentiments.
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: John's anniversary

Postby Ennis » Wed Jun 09, 2010 12:13 am

Raphael --

I hope so; it's all I can do . . .
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