On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer

John Keats

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Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow'd Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star'd at the Pacific--and all his men
Look'd at each other with a wild surmise--
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

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  • sybilburwell9

    Wow, really makes you feel the wonder of discovery!

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      • sammyolney18

        Just read this poem. Powerful stuff right here! Takes ya on quite a journey, unexpected twists and turns. Loved the mix of exploring physical and spiritual realms. Kinda make me want to go on a adventure of my own!