John Keats

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

Teignmouth - Poem by John Keats

I.
Here all the summer could I stay,
For there's Bishop's teign
And King's teign
And Coomb at the clear Teign head--
Where close by the stream
You may have your cream
All spread upon barley bread.

II.
There's Arch Brook
And there's Larch Brook
Both turning many a mill,
And cooling the drouth
Of the salmon's mouth
And fattening his silver gill.

III.
There is Wild wood,
A Mild hood
To the sheep on the lea o' the down,
Where the golden furze,
With its green, thin spurs,
Doth catch at the maiden's gown.

IV.
There is Newton Marsh
With its spear grass harsh--
A pleasant summer level
Where the maidens sweet
Of the Market Street
Do meet in the dusk to revel.

V.
There's the Barton rich
With dyke and ditch
And hedge for the thrush to live in,
And the hollow tree
For the buzzing bee
And a bank for the wasp to hive in.

VI.
And O, and O
The daisies blow
And the primroses are waken'd,
And violets white
Sit in silver plight,
And the green bud's as long as the spike end.

VII.
Then who would go
Into dark Soho,
And chatter with dack'd-hair'd critics,
When he can stay
For the new-mown hay,
And startle the dappled Prickets?


Comments about Teignmouth by John Keats

  • Susan Williams (9/29/2016 9:45:00 PM)


    Not knowing if Teignmouth was a fish similar to our big-mouth bass, I googled this and found it was a village in Devonshire. Knowing that, I could go ahead and enjoy these lovely playful lines (Report) Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (9/29/2016 8:57:00 AM)

    Romantic Verse
    John Keats known for romanticism has show his skill in this poems also better as in other of his poems! (Report) Reply

  • Pallang Mofokeng (9/29/2016 1:27:00 AM)


    Then who would go
    Into dark Soho,
    And chatter with dack'd-hair'd critics,
    When he can stay
    For the new-mown hay,
    And startle the dappled Prickets?
    (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/29/2016 1:19:00 AM)

    Teigmouth
    To revel! Nice work. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 29, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, October 31, 2011


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