Michael Walker

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Musee Metropolitain. - Poem by Michael Walker

J'entrai du grondement
Des rues de cite
Regarder une urne grecque.

Je pensais a Keats-
A mon esprit flotterent des vers
Remplis des douceurs des amants.

Des ages du passe tomberent
A mes mains les petales
D'un asphodel.

-'Metropolitan Museum'. Langston Hughes.
From 'Poems 1961-1967'. 'Collected Poems
of Langston Hughes', Rampersad/ Roessel, op. cit. p.550.

Topic(s) of this poem: art

Form: Found Poem


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Hughes refers in this poem to 'Ode on a Grecian Urn', by John Keats (1795-1821) . Keats's poem is much longer and is addressed directly to the beautiful urn. 'Ode on a Grecian Urn' closes with two strong lines: 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty, - that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know'.
'Metropolitan Museum' has the strength of a modern poem set in a noisy city. More comparisons between the two, very different, poems could be made.

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, November 26, 2015


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