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  •  A favorite, for the gleaming inspiration, (12+ / 0-)

    for how Keats puts us atop a brave new world, and perfectly evokes a heart full of hope and dreams. That's a Book, right in the fluorescent arc of Going Boom!

    At the other end of Keats, in the exquisite sad yearning side, we find his

    Sleep and Poetry

    . . .
    O for ten years, that I may overwhelm
    Myself in poesy; so I may do the deed
    That my own soul has to itself decreed.
    Then will I pass the countries that I see
    In long perspective, and continually
    Taste their pure fountains. First the realm I'll pass
    Of Flora, and old Pan: sleep in the grass,
    Feed upon apples red, and strawberries,
    And choose each pleasure that my fancy sees . . .
    Keats was 20 when he wrote this. Four years later, he had grown so sick that he had almost stopped writing. Two years later, he died. I prefer On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, but these lines, and the tragedy imminent in them, haunt me.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 06:32:51 PM PDT

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