poet John Keats

John Keats

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Answer To A Sonnet By J.H.Reynolds

"Dark eyes are dearer far
Than those that mock the hyacinthine bell."

Blue! 'Tis the life of heaven,—the domain
Of Cynthia,—the wide palace of the sun,—
The tent of Hesperus, and all his train,—
The bosomer of clouds, gold, gray, and dun.
Blue! 'Tis the life of waters:—Ocean
And all its vassal streams, pools numberless,
May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can
Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness.
Blue! gentle cousin of the forest-green,
Married to green in all the sweetest flowers—
Forget-me-not,—the blue-bell,—and, that queen
Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers
Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great,
When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!

Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Unnikrishnan E S (12/23/2018 11:16:00 PM)

    What to say.
    Numbed I am:
    Tis the life of waters: —Ocean
    And all its vassal streams, pools numberless, “

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/28/2017 2:13:00 AM)

    The bosomer of clouds, gold, gray, and dun.
    Blue! 'Tis the life of waters: —Ocean

    Beautiful poem with great imagery.

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  • * Sunprincess * (11/30/2013 7:58:00 PM)

    nice...beautiful imagery...especially Blue!

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  • Geetha JayakumarGeetha Jayakumar (9/24/2013 9:53:00 AM)

    Its really great when in an Eye thou art alive with Fate...
    Beautiful combination of colours, flowers, ocean, sun, vivid picture of nature brought about.

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  • Motiul Islam (3/12/2007 3:03:00 AM)

    Color and nature, relationship is worthful to understand, even a ignorant person like me.

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