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Keats Rediscovered

Postby johnkeatspoet » Fri Jun 05, 2009 5:07 pm

Just dropping in to say "Hi" to everyone, haven't been here for a while - sure seems so quiet at times for a forum :-D (lol)

Well some time ago a nice friend showed me a High School Yearbook and when I flipped thru it I stumbled upon a small introductory text written for the English Departement Faculty entitled "Keats Rediscovered". It was a Keats-like poem which I found quite original to say the least. So here it is for all you John Keats lovers all over the world ;-)

Hope you like it - Have a most *happy* day :-)

On First Taking On An English Course

Many a class have I braved through High School,
Round scores of teachers did safely trespass;
Over vast subject lands did I long rule,
And lootful stores of straight A's did amass.
Often a time thought I English a breeze,
Like tales I told, sounds I heard, words I knew;
Yet did I never know how they were few
Till I leaped into Anglo-stormy seas:
Then felt I like Noah's errant pigeon,
Above the ocean, towards the horizon;
Or like Columbus to the West Indies,
Alone, lost, afraid, aloof -- strife in vain;
Lo! -- the fever has passed, gone is the pain,
I have flown, sailed. -- henceforth, there is but gain.

P.S. I've added Keats' original sonnet below for comparison's sake
(still my favourite and the one I prefer of course :-)

On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific--and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise--
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

For an analysis of this fantastic sonnet :
http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/english/melani/cs6/homer.html
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Re: Keats Rediscovered

Postby Wynn » Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:35 pm

To me, there is no comparison :) but it was interesting to read.
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Re: Keats Rediscovered

Postby Credo Buffa » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:47 pm

Tee hee, that's fun. I've done that once or twice--written a parody of a famous poem for my own amusement. My personal favorite (which I've used in a fiction piece since. . . copyrighted material, kids!):

Red tomato sauce smeared on a white paper napkin,
Crushed ice! Come, let us feast on pizza.

Originally written at a Pizza Hut on a paper place mat with red crayon, I believe. ;)
"Holy Kleenex, Batman! It was right under our nose and we blew it!"
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Re: Keats Rediscovered

Postby johnkeatspoet » Tue Jun 09, 2009 10:44 am

Credo Buffa wrote:Tee hee, that's fun. I've done that once or twice--written a parody of a famous poem for my own amusement. My personal favorite (which I've used in a fiction piece since. . . copyrighted material, kids!):

Red tomato sauce smeared on a white paper napkin,
Crushed ice! Come, let us feast on pizza.

Originally written at a Pizza Hut on a paper place mat with red crayon, I believe. ;)


Sounds sooo tomato-cute! Thanks for sharing this piece of gem. But you've pricked my curiosity there Credo-- I'm not familiar with those two lines. Could you please let me know the original famous poem, just so I can compare ? That would indeed be most interesting. Many many thanks again really. :D
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Re: Keats Rediscovered

Postby Credo Buffa » Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:38 pm

The original poem is Ezra Pound's "L'Art, 1910."

Green arsenic smeared on an egg-white cloth,
Crushed strawberries! Come, let us feast our eyes.
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Re: Keats Rediscovered

Postby johnkeatspoet » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:00 pm

Perhaps you've thought of giving your poem a title as well? If not, please allow me to suggest two that come to mind : "La Pizza, [date of your choice]" or "Le Pizza, Hut". Indeed, in french, "pizza" is a feminine noun, whereas "restaurant" (as in Pizza Hut restaurant) is a masculine one ; "art" is a masculine noun but since it begins with a vowel it is written as "L'Art". All this is quite trivial of course so maybe leaving it untitled is just as fine. Whatever the case, "Bon appetit" ! :wink:
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