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

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: snow, sad, rain, light, world, dream, kiss, sorrow, sky, sleep

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Dream, After Reading Dante's Episode Of Paolo And Francesca by John Keats )

Enter the verification code :

  • 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

Read all 3 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

New Poems

  1. THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WAS IN .., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  2. Destined Lovers, Lori Palazzo
  3. skiing, lee fones
  4. Ward 8, Kyle Schlicher
  5. Your bracelet, Abhimanyu Singh Arha
  6. My Heart Song, samantha hale
  7. Hidden Gold, Hazel Durham
  8. The One, Spiritwind Wood
  9. THAT HUGE BLACKOUT, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  10. What The World Told, Adeosun Olamide

Poem of the Day

poet Wilfred Owen

All sounds have been as music to my listening:
Pacific lamentations of slow bells,
The crunch of boots on blue snow rosy-glistening,
Shuffle of autumn leaves; and all farewells:

...... Read complete »

   
[Hata Bildir]