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Name Writ in Water

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Name Writ in Water

Keats was certain of his heart’s affection
What imagination seizes as beauty must be truth
And so he writes in concluding lines to Ode on Grecian Urn
Beauty is Truth, truth beauty- that is all
You know on earth, and all ye need to know
The quarterly review called him a disciple of “Cockney Poetry”
Meaning the most incongruous ideas in uncouth language.
And a severe comments on his Endymion
“Go back to the apothecary shop Mr. John Keats
Back to plasters, pills, and ointment boxes
A wiser thing to be a starved apothecary than a poet”.
As he began his career as apothecary, not a poet.

His love for two women Brawne and Isabella
Remained unconsummated in his short life
As darkness, disease and depression surrounded him
And reflected in The Eve of St. Agnes and La Belle...
In this state Tuberculosis took hold of him
So he left for a warmer country Greece.
Dr. Clark declared, the source of illness was “mental exertion”
And the source was largely situated in his stomach.

When the death came he asked his friend Severn
“Lift me, I am dying, shall die easy”
Keats was born in 1795 and died in 1821
In between the creativities of 25 years
And poetic career for just six years, too soon to go.
His grave in Rome contains” all that was mortal
Of a young English poet who on his death bed,
In the bitterness of his heart
At the malicious power of his enemies
Desired these words to be engraven on his tomb”
“Here lies one whose name was writ in water”
24 February, 1821.

Dr. Ram Mehta
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  1. Date: 3/18/2011 8:21:00 AM

    A poignant write on a favorite poet of mine Dr. Ram.. good luck in the contest.. u brought his persona out so brilliantly in your lines.. and taken too soon from the poetic genre luv.. happy weekend my friend..

  1. Date: 3/18/2011 12:32:00 AM

    Love the spirit in this Dr Ram, i believe you are touching (on the line in a poem the Antiprigoligarchist) on the pedantic thought that seems to grip people so strongly that they exclude other talents that emerge, leaving us all much poorer spiritually! it is a good thing there are people like you around is all i can say!

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 10:49:00 PM

    Dr Ram - thnx for your appreciative comments on my verse,"Stick to HIS rules....". Luv/best wishes - Hitendra Mehta

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 3:03:00 PM

    Great line on his gravestone..Enjoyed reading your contest entry..Reads like a winner..Good luck..Thanks for stopping by letting me know that I placed in the contest by Michael..I have posted a new blog..Sara

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 11:52:00 AM

    This is a wonderful tribute to Keats,DR.Mehta.It reminds me of famous Bengali poet Sukanto Bhattacharjee who died only at the age of 18 from tuberculosis.--kashinath

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 10:44:00 AM

    We can learn so much by reading your work, Dr. Ram. I didn't know Keats started out as an apothecary. Nor did I know about Brawne and Isabelle. For some reason, though, I thought he had drowned and that's what you were referring to in your title. This is an excellent entry for Chris's contest and I wish you success. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 3/17/2011 8:06:00 AM

    Congratulations on all your wins : ) Jack

  1. Date: 3/16/2011 10:58:00 PM

    Dr. Ram, this is quite interesting. I learned a few new things about Mr. Keats and I really like the quote being used as the title for this. Is this for the contest about "gone too soon?" It should do well then!