Poem of the day #15

Ode on Melancholy
John Keats

1

No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist
       Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wing;
  Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss’d
       By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
  Make not your rosary of yew-berries,
       Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
           Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
  A partner in your sorrow’s mysteries;
       For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
           And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul

2

But when the melancholy fit shall fall
   Sudden from heaven like a weepy cloud,
That fosters the droop-headed flowers all,
   And hides the green hill in an April shroud;
Then glut they sorrows on a poring rose,
   Or on the rainbow of the sale sand-wave,
      Or on the wealth of globed peonies;
Or if they mistress some rich anger shows,
   Emprison her soft hand, and let her rave,
       And feed deep, deep upon her peerless eyes.

3

She dwells with Beaty– Beauty that must die;
   And Joy, whose hand is ever at his lips
Bidding adieu; and aching Pleasure night
   Turning to poison while the bee-mouth sips:
Ay, in the very temple of Delight
   Veil’d Melancholy has her sovran shrine,
Though seen of non save him whose strenuous tongue
   Can burst Joy’s grape against his palate fine;
His soul shall taste the sadness of her might,
       And be amoung her cloudy trophies hung.

One thought on “Poem of the day #15

  1. Bahnree

    I didn't comment on this because I dislike Keats' poetry. Which trust me, I feel guilty about and I know is completely unwarranted, EXCEPT that I had to study “Ode on a Grecian Urn” for like 4 weeks last year and….yeah. UGH.

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