Author: Keats, John
Title: To Ailsa Rock
Publisher: Eris Etext Project
Tag(s): literature; forehead; shoulders; mantled; rock; streams; john; hid; sun; keats; english; size; huge; answer; ailsa; voice; wake; broad; giant; sleep; english literature
Contributor(s): Eric Lease Morgan (Infomotions, Inc.)
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Size: 117 words (really short) Grade range: 6-8 (grade school) Readability score: 81 (very easy)
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1816 TO AILSA ROCK by John Keats Hearken, thou craggy ocean pyramid! Give answer from thy voice, the sea-fowls' screams! When were thy shoulders mantled in huge streams? When from the sun was thy broad forehead hid? How long is't since the mighty Power bid Thee heave to airy sleep from fathom dreams? Sleep in the lap of thunder or sunbeams, Or when grey clouds are thy cold coverlid? Thou answer'st not, for thou art dead asleep; Thy life is but two dead eternities- The last in air, the former in the deep; First with the whales, last with the eagle-skies- Drown'd wast thou till an earthquake made thee steep, Another cannot wake thy giant size. THE END .