John Keats

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

Spenserian Stanzas On Charles Armitage Brown


I.
He is to weet a melancholy carle:
Thin in the waist, with bushy head of hair,
As hath the seeded thistle when in parle
It holds the Zephyr, ere it sendeth fair
Its light balloons into the summer air;
Therto his beard had not begun to bloom,
No brush had touch'd his chin or razor sheer;
No care had touch'd his cheek with mortal doom,
But new he was, and bright, as scarf from Persian loom.

II.
Ne cared he for wine, or half-and-half;
Ne cared he for fish or flesh, or fowl;
And sauces held he worthless as the chaff;
He 'sdeigned the swine-head at the wassail-bowl;
Ne with lewd ribbalds sat he cheek by jowl;
Ne with sly Lemans in the scorner's chair;
But after water-brooks this Pilgrim's soul
Panted, and all his food was woodland air;
Though he would oft-times feast on gilliflowers rare.

III.
The slang of cities in no wise he knew,
Tipping the wink to him was heathen Greek;
He sipp'd no 'olden Tom,' or 'ruin blue,'
Or Nantz, or cherry-brandy, drank full meek
By many a damsel brave, and rouge of cheek;
Nor did he know each aged watchman's beat,
Nor in obscured purlieus would he seek
For curled Jewesses, with ankles neat,
Who as they walk abroad, make tinkling with their feet.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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

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 (Spenserian Stanzas On Charles Armitage Brown by John Keats )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion, Dylan Thomas
  3. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  4. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  5. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  6. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  7. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  9. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  10. If, Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the Day

poet Henry David Thoreau

Whate'er we leave to God, God does,
And blesses us;
The work we choose should be our own,
God leaves alone.

If with light head erect I sing,
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. December Walk, Julyn Pride
  2. Conundrums Consequence..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  3. Whats and Whats, Ibrahim Lawal Soro
  4. No Answers To Love, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  5. Angelwalk 2, Mr. Spock
  6. Bridging The Beauty of New York On The H.., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  7. Hiking Limerick, Mr. Spock
  8. Christmas Tree, Mr. Spock
  9. The Star, The Wish, The Coming..., Frank James Ryan Jr...FjR
  10. Christmas Star, Mr. Spock
[Hata Bildir]