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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Sonnet of John Keats for your Holy Week Contemplation

Since it's the start of the Holy Week, I thought I'd share this poem I encountered while I was watching this 90's Matt Damon-Brendan Fraser movie.

I thought John Keats wrote poems that were difficult to understand but this one's pretty easy to understand.

The theme is quite fitting for this season of contemplation.


On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

My spirit is too weak—mortality
Weighs heavily on me like unwilling sleep,
And each imagined pinnacle and steep
Of godlike hardship tells me I must die
Like a sick eagle looking at the sky.
Yet ’tis a gentle luxury to weep
That I have not the cloudy winds to keep
Fresh for the opening of the morning’s eye.
Such dim-conceived glories of the brain
Bring round the heart an undescribable feud;
So do these wonders a most dizzy pain,
That mingles Grecian grandeur with the rude
Wasting of old time—with a billowy main—
A sun—a shadow of a magnitude.

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