Oscar Wilde'sonnet to Keats

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Oscar Wilde'sonnet to Keats

Postby Raphael » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:03 pm

I read the below last night- Oscar is another literary fave of mine and the fact he wrote such a moving sensitive sonnet to dear John is to his further credit:


Rid of the world's injustice, and his pain,
He rests at last beneath God's veil of blue:
Taken from life when life and love were new
The youngest of the martyrs here is lain,
Fair as Sebastian, and as early slain.
No cypress shades his grave, no funeral yew,
But gentle violets weeping with the dew
Weave on his bones an ever-blossoming chain.
O proudest heart that broke for misery!
O sweetest lips since those of Mitylene!
O poet-painter of our English Land!
Thy name was writ in water--it shall stand:
And tears like mine will keep thy memory green,
As Isabella did her Basil-tree.


The last two lines made me feel a bit tearful.
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: Oscar Wilde'sonnet to Keats

Postby Malia » Thu Dec 03, 2009 6:31 pm

Beautiful elegy, Raphael. Thanks for posting it. They say Keats was a "poet's poet" and Wilde's homage really reflects that.
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Re: Oscar Wilde'sonnet to Keats

Postby Raphael » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:56 pm

Malia wrote:Beautiful elegy, Raphael. Thanks for posting it. They say Keats was a "poet's poet" and Wilde's homage really reflects that.


All true! And we know that Oscar had excellent taste ( well usually..with the unfortunate exception of Bosie). I have borrowed a book from the library of Gabriel Rossetti's poems and he wrote one for John too- I'll post that tommorrow!
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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