On A Dream

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On A Dream

Postby KayKip » Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:24 am

The poem On A Dream by Keats references Paolo and Francesca from the 2nd circle of Dante's Inferno, but I can't seem to connect their relationship to the relationship Keats describes in the poem. Any thoughts, suggestions, comments, or ideas?

As Hermes once took to his feathers light,
When lulled Argus, baffled, swooned and slept,
So on a Delphic reed, my idle spright
So played, so charmed, so conquered, so bereft
The dragon-world of all its hundred eyes;
And seeing it asleep, so fled away,
Not to pure Ida with its snow-cold skies,
Nor unto Tempe, where Jove grieved a day;
But to that second circle of sad Hell,
Where in the gust, the whirlwind, and the flaw
Of rain and hail-stones, lovers need not tell
Their sorrows. Pale were the sweet lips I saw,
Pale were the lips I kissed, and fair the form
I floated with, about that melancholy storm.
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Re: On A Dream

Postby Raphael » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:39 am

It is based on a dream he had- he wrote about it in one of his letters.
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: On A Dream

Postby kanderson » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:36 am

Ahh..thanks.:) now I understand the poem.:)
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Re: On A Dream

Postby kanderson » Fri Jan 28, 2011 3:57 am

Now I know what the poem meant. thanks.
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