John Keats (1795-1821) is the reason why I fell in love with poetry as a very, very young child.
He is hands down – my ALL-TIME favorite Romance Era Poet, and likely my my ALL-TIME favorite poet; I have included a taste of his genius to help anyone who isn’t familiar with his work become enlightened a little by its beauty and perfection. ENJOY!
“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”
“I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.”
“I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.”
“Life is but a day:
A fragile dewdrop on its perilous way
From a tree’s summit”
“I want a brighter word than bright”
“Here lies one whose name was writ on water.”
“I wish I was either in your arms full of faith, or that a Thunder bolt would strike me.”
“Fade far away, dissolve, and quite forget…”
“If I should die, I have left no immortal work behind me — nothing to make my friends proud of my memory — but I have loved the principle of beauty in all things, and if I had had time I would have made myself remembered.”
“And when thou art weary I’ll find thee a bed,
Of mosses and flowers to pillow thy head.”
“Let us away, my love, with happy speed;
There are no ears to hear, or eyes to see,
– Drown’d all in Rhenish and the sleepy mead.
Awake! arise! my love and fearless be,
For o’er the southern moors I have a home for thee.”