John Keats Poem by Colin Ian Jeffery

John Keats

Rating: 5.0

("Here lies one whose name was writ in water")
John Keats

Foul relentless death
Sly and cunning
Oft comes
When least expected.

Keats died young
Fearing endeavours of his Muse
Would never be his monument.

Thought cruel death
Eclipsed elusive fame
His skylark never to inspire
Echoing wetly down the years.

Friday, August 8, 2008
Topic(s) of this poem: poet,poetry,fame
Susan Jarvis 17 August 2008

This is a beautiful and haunting piece, with the beguiling first stanza echoing the voice of Keats himself. The term 'constant monument' is pure poetic eloquence. S :)

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Alison Cassidy 17 August 2008

An elegant and heartfelt tribute to a poet who died too young and whose Ode to Autumn is one of my favorite poems of all time. It is symptomatic of Keats' romantic soul that he requested that his grave remain anonymous, though fortunate that his request was denied and the words: 'This Grave contains all that was mortal, of a YOUNG ENGLISH POET, who on his Death Bed, in the Bitterness of his heart, at the Malicious Power of his enemies, desired these words to be Engraven on his Tomb Stone' were added - along with the image of a lyre with broken strings. love, Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

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Roland Bastien 14 August 2008

He is one of my favotite poet - I like when you say that' Here lies one whose name was writ in water '

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Ramesh T A 08 August 2008

John Keats was in a hurry to commit suicide! How can anyone forget his message - A thing of beauty is a joy forever?

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Raymond Farrell 25 April 2015

I feel what is expressed here so well is something many can relate to. Thanks for sharing it.

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Anthony Dover 05 October 2008

when I have fears i may cease to be...I liked the flow of words.Thanks

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Dr Kamran Haider 05 October 2008

A true Keats lover... Great Tribute...

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Ghada Shahbender 22 August 2008

An excellent poem befitting an extemely talented poet who unfortunately left us early.. but his influence inspires.

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Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar 20 August 2008

Your poem is good, rather it is excellent. Has Keats not died at his young age, how much english litterature would have been benifitted. I bow to you for your mastrly skill in handling language. I have studied St Agnis of Keats in the college. A thing of beauty is joy for ever is my famous rememberance sine my collge days I am as lod as you and interested in Clasics as you are. Have gone through my Cleopatra, Helleh, Odiplud, all with histry background

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Colin Ian Jeffery

Colin Ian Jeffery

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