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Over the Hill and Over the Dale by John Keats

John Keats died of tuberculosis at 25. I have his strongest poem here (internal link). But his most famous line is, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” The epitaph on his grave reads, “Here lies one whose name … Continue reading

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When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be by John Keats

Keats again. This diseased young poet died of tuberculosis at 25. He wrote La Belle Dame sans Merci (internal link) and Ode on a Grecian Urn among hundreds of other pieces. This poem was published after his death. He was … Continue reading

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Keats and Proust and Lennon and McCartney

This poem, this prose, and this song, all remind me of each other. Ben Whishaw beautifully reads Keats. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats (1795 -1821) O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge … Continue reading

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Lost In Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

Would we be any better in the next life? “We passionately long for there to be another life in which we shall be similar to what we are here below. But we do not pause to reflect that, even without … Continue reading

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And No Birds Sing

Does some writing remind you of others? To me, these three seem linked. La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad by John Keats O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And … Continue reading

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Some Shape of Beauty Moves Away The Pall

A poorly worded ad caught my attention.  It meant to capture Keats but he is not easily seized. Yesterday’s post by Shelley was from 1820. ← (internal link) The following is from Keats in 1818. I understand they were not … Continue reading

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Keats and Fowler and Truth and Beauty

Keat’s line, ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,— that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.’ Has always seemed arresting to me but a bit incomprehensible. Perhaps it is the symmetry of that couplet that makes it tantalizing … Continue reading

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