Infomotions, Inc.On A Dream / Keats, John

Author: Keats, John
Title: On A Dream
Publisher: Eris Etext Project
Tag(s): literature; dragon; pale; dream; sweet; kiss; john; circle; sad; hell; keats; lips; english; english literature
Contributor(s): Eric Lease Morgan (Infomotions, Inc.)
Versions: original; local mirror; HTML (this file); printable
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Rights: GNU General Public License
Size: 120 words (really short) Grade range: 23-24 (graduate school) Readability score: 37 (difficult)
Identifier: keats-on-497
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                                   ON A DREAM
                                 by John Keats

        As Hermes once took to his feathers light
          When lulled Argus, baffled, swoon'd and slept,
        So on a Delphic reed my idle spright
          So play'd, so charm'd, so conquer'd, so bereft
        The dragon-world of all its hundred eyes,
          And, seeing it asleep, so fled away:
        Not to pure Ida with its snow-cold skies,
          Nor unto Tempe where Jove griev'd a day;
        But to that second circle of sad hell,
          Where 'mid the gust, the whirlwind, and the flaw
        Of rain and hail-stones, lovers need not tell
          Their sorrows. Pale were the sweet lips I saw,
        Pale were the lips I kiss'd, and fair the form
        I floated with, about that melancholy storm.

                        THE END


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