Thursday, March 10, 2011

               ~When I have fears that I may cease to be~
                                By John Keats
          When I have fears that I may cease to be
         Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain
           Before high-piled books, in charactery.
        Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;
           When I behold, upon the night's starr'd face,
          Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
         And I think that I may never live to trace
      Their shadows,with the magic hand of chance;
         And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
          That I shall never look upon thee more,
           Never have relish in the faery power
         Of unreflecting love;--then on the shore
     Of the wide world I stand alone,and think
        Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

I cried when I read this poem.I cried even more when I read that he died at the age of 26. He originally started out as a doctor,but when he finally got his licence,he found that he loved poetry so much more than doctoring,that all he did was write poetry.he fell in love with a beautiful girl,and they were engaged,but just then John Keats found that he had a disease and that he would not last another year. He broke his engagement,and went to Italy where he died.All his grave-stone says is: 'Here lies a man whose name was rit in water'.
I find his poetry more uplifting that he had so many wonderful,lovely thoughts that he was able to write down for us even at that young age.


  1. I did not remember his life story, but I remember that poem (which makes more sense when you know about his life). Thanks for the reminder; something like this tends to make me reflective.

    How nice to see you have such an appreciation for poetry!

  2. I am very glad to see the poetry you enjoy as well! I just figured out that there is a movie about him the other day and have been wanting to watch it. I will have to let you know if it is good or not! :)

  3. That is so cool!What is the moovie called? I would love to see it!
    And thanks Hannah!:)