Explore Poems GO!

Sonnet Xi. On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

Rating: 2.6
Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
Read More
Michael Walker 19 September 2019
One of the first sonnets I learned. It has everything, imagery 'realms of gold', allusion to Homer and the English translation by Chapman, allusion to Cortez seeing the Pacific Ocean for the first time, 'Silent, upon a peak in Darien'. This sonnet, especially the ending, takes me into another world.
0 0 Reply

Delivering Poems Around The World

Poems are the property of their respective owners. All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge...

6/17/2021 9:12:49 PM #