John Keats

(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821 / London, England)

A Dream, After Reading Dante's Episode Of Paolo And Francesca


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.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (2/19/2014 7:22:00 AM)

    Human life, its life situations, life after death, the hell, the heaven, the wonderful and magnificent literary poems of Dante, the kindness, and lot of feelings beautifully made as a poem from the magnetic words of our ever respected poet Keats which will be their upto the humanity and world is there I think. (Report) Reply

  • john tiong chunghoo (2/10/2007 11:44:00 AM)

    keats is always so well versed in greek mythology. hermes, i love, argus, i too love and the dragons, the hundred eyes, i never saw yet i love for its dragonness. love keats. (Report) Reply

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