Name that Keats Quote

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Name that Keats Quote

Postby Malia » Thu Sep 28, 2006 8:08 pm

Hey everyone,
We have a quote thread in the Miscellaneous portion of the forum, but we don't have an active quote thread dedicated entirely unto our man *Keats* (for shame!). So, I thought we could dedicate this space to quotes from Keats's poems and letters. Being a multi-tasker, I propose when a person posts his or her Keats quote, he/she does not cite the source but instead asks the rest of us to guess where the quote came from. What say you all to that?

I'll begin. Here's a part of a Keats poem that I truly love (being the morbid sort of person I am--I blame it on my English degree. . . :roll: :lol:):

"On the high couch he lay!- his friends came round-

Supported him- no pulse, or breath they found,

And, in its marriage robe, the heavy body wound"

What poem is this quote from?
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Postby Saturn » Thu Sep 28, 2006 9:57 pm

Excellent idea Malia - can't believe I never thought of it :roll:

This one gets a sticky...

As for your quote - no idea :oops:

I couldn't do it without cheating which is so easy to do so I'll take a wild guess at Lamia?
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Postby Malia » Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:08 pm

Saturn, your instincts serve you well. Lamia is the correct answer :) Those are the penultumate lines of the poem--they really give a hint of where Keats could have gone with dramatic writing had he lived longer.

Have a quote for us to guess at, Saturn?
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Postby dks » Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:28 pm

Malia wrote:Saturn, your instincts serve you well. Lamia is the correct answer :) Those are the penultumate lines of the poem--they really give a hint of where Keats could have gone with dramatic writing had he lived longer.

Have a quote for us to guess at, Saturn?


That was good. Great thread, Malia. Hmmmm....a stumper quote for you swank, wise people... :?

I have to think on this one...
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Postby Saturn » Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:32 pm

It was "marriage robe" that clinched it for me :wink:

Okay here's mine:
“…in truth we’ve had
Strange thunders from the potency of song;
Mingled indeed with what is sweet and strong,
From majesty: but in clear truth the themes
Are ugly clubs, the poets Polyphemes
Disturbing the grand sea."
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Postby dks » Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:41 pm

Saturn wrote:It was "marriage robe" that clinched it for me :wink:

Okay here's mine:
“…in truth we’ve had
Strange thunders from the potency of song;
Mingled indeed with what is sweet and strong,
From majesty: but in clear truth the themes
Are ugly clubs, the poets Polyphemes
Disturbing the grand sea."


I'm going to take a stab, Stephen. Might it be from "Hyperion?" The Greek allusion just stood out for me...
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Postby Saturn » Thu Sep 28, 2006 10:44 pm

Nope...
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Postby dks » Thu Sep 28, 2006 11:02 pm

Saturn wrote:Nope...


Tricky...ok...I'll keep lookin'.
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Postby Malia » Fri Sep 29, 2006 2:53 am

Saturn, is it from Endymion? I hardly recognize those lines--OK I don't recognize them at all :lol: And considering I've only read Endymion once, I'll guess it was from that epic work.
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Postby Saturn » Fri Sep 29, 2006 8:54 am

"Our survey says X"

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Postby Richard » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:41 am

Its not Sleep and Poetry is it ?

I think I've just answered the question.

But it is quite early isn't it?

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Postby Saturn » Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:49 am

We have a winner ladies and gentleman :D

Your turn Richard...
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Postby Saturn » Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:03 am

I hope nobody's going to be cheating in this game by looking the lines up on the web :wink:
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Postby dks » Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:59 pm

Saturn wrote:I hope nobody's going to be cheating in this game by looking the lines up on the web :wink:


Please. I look them up arduously, by hand, manually, in my tattered Complete Works...frantically, I might add. :? It's funny, though, how even when you've read the poem more than once, you sometimes have to comb back through to cull certain lines again. :!:

Good show, Richard.

This game is getting good. :wink:
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Postby Saturn » Mon Oct 02, 2006 9:42 am

Still waiting on your question Richard.

The rules are if you get one correct then you pose the next question :wink:
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