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John Keats

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

If By Dull Rhymes Our English Must Be Chain'd


If by dull rhymes our English must be chain'd,
And, like Andromeda, the Sonnet sweet
Fetter'd, in spite of pained loveliness;
Let us find out, if we must be constrain'd,
Sandals more interwoven and complete
To fit the naked foot of poesy;
Let us inspect the lyre, and weigh the stress
Of every chord, and see what may be gain'd
By ear industrious, and attention meet:
Misers of sound and syllable, no less
Than Midas of his coinage, let us be
Jealous of dead leaves in the bay wreath crown;
So, if we may not let the Muse be free,
She will be bound with garlands of her own.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Bronze Star - 7,018 Points * Sunprincess * (7/16/2014 11:11:00 AM)

    ....~ So, if we may not let the Muse be free,
    She will be bound with garlands of her own. ~
    .........nice a poet's reflection of the muse and poetry.... (Report) Reply

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