On Keats

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On Keats

Postby Rich Roach » Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:32 am

Young Keats knew he must die, his works unknown,
and faced his sad mortality alone:
of all existing poets in their youth,
‘twas he who ventured to the bourn of truth
and plucked its fruit; whose heart, as in a dream,
wrestled with death, and toiled with that supreme
injustice—time—till smiling from above,
he swooned before the majesty of love.

No sooner had love entered Keats’ ripe breast
when lo! his heart flew far above the rest.
Fain would he have nothingness embraced,
if he Love's temple's friezes could have traced,
or climbed the marble steps but one flight more,
that he might peek inside love's open door.

Ah, well a day! his life was naught but mist;
what once was amber dawn and amethyst
became a dismal dream, obscured by pain,
each thought pricked like a bubble – all in vain.

Rich Roach, 2009
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Re: On Keats

Postby BrokenLyre » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:45 am

I enjoyed your poem. Wonderful lines. You people amaze me. Thanks for letting me "see Keats" through another lens. "amber dawn and amethyst" - lovely metaphor and sound! Both are colors as well as gemstones. My geological sympathies are coming through I guess.... Thanks!
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Re: On Keats

Postby zebluepenguin » Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:14 am

Yeah! great job! :D
" Heard melodies are sweet. But those unheard are sweeter." -Keats
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