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JOHN KEATS (1)
English poet
(1795 - 1821)
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That queen of secrecy, the violet.
      - [Flowers]

The genius of Shakespeare was an innate university.
      - [Shakespeare]

The thought, the deadly feel, of solitude.
      - [Solitude]

There is not a fiercer hell than failure in a great object.
      - [Failure]

What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
      - [Imagination]

'Tis the witching hour of night,
  Orbed is the moon and bright,
    And the stars they glisten, glisten,
      Seeming with bright eyes to listen-
        For what listen they?
      - A Prophecy (l. 1) [Night]

Hear ye not the hum
  Of mighty workings?
      - Addressed to Haydon (sonnet X) [Hearing]

Blue! Gentle cousin of the forest green,
  Married to green in all the sweetest flowers--
    Forget-me-not,--the blue bell,--and, that queen
      Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers
        Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great,
          When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!
      - Answer to a Sonnet by J.H. Reynolds [Fate]

Roses, and pinks, and violets, to adorn
  The shrine of Flora in her early May.
      - Dedication to Leigh Hunt [Flowers]

No, no, I'm sure,
  My restless spirit never could endure
    To brood so long upon one luxury,
      Unless it did, though fearfully, espy
        A hope beyond the shadow of a dream.
      - Endymion (bk. I) [Immortality]

Time, that aged nurse
  Rocked me to patience.
      - Endymion (bk. I) [Time]

A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
  Its loveliness increases; it will never
    Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
      A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
        Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 1)
        [Beauty : Books (First Lines) : Proverbs]

Rain-scented eglantine
  Gave temperate sweets to the well-wooing sun.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 100)
        [Sweetbrier Roses]

And in his left he held a basket full
  Of all sweet herbs that searching eye could cull
    Wild thyme, and valley-lilies whiter still
      Than Leda's love, and cresses from the rill.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 155)
        [Lilies-of-the-valley]

O magic sleep! O comfortable bird,
  That broodest o'er the troubled sea of the mind
    Till it is hush'd and smooth! O unconfined
      Restraint! imprisoned liberty! great key
        To golden palaces.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 452) [Sleep]

The poppies hung
  Dew-dabbed on their stalks.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 681) [Poppies]

Through the dancing poppies stole
  A breeze most softly lulling to my soul.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 681) [Poppies]

The vermeil rose had blown
  In frightful scarlet, and its thorns outgrown
    Like spiked aloe.
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 694) [Roses]

Who, of men, can tell
  That flowers would bloom, or that green fruit would swell
    To melting pulp, that fish would have bright mail,
      The earth its dower of river, wood, and vale,
        The meadows runnels, runnels pebble-stones,
          The seed of its harvest, or the lute its tones,
            Tomes ravishment, or ravishment its sweet,
              If human souls did never kiss and greet?
      - Endymion (bk. I, l. 835) [Fish : Love]

He ne'er is crowned with immortality
  Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
      - Endymion (bk. II) [Immortality]

Where soil is, men grow,
  Whether to weeds or flowers.
      - Endymion (bk. II) [Man]

Above his head
  Four lily stalks did their white honours wed
    To make a coronal; and round him grew
      All tendrils green, of every bloom and hue,
        Together intertwined and trammell'd fresh;
          The vine of glossy sprout; the ivy mesh,
            Shading its Ethiop berries.
      - Endymion (bk. II, l. 413) [Flowers]

O 'tis a very sin
  For one so weak to venture his poor verse
    In such a place as this.
      - Endymion (bk. III, l. 965) [Poets]

O, sorrow!
  Why dost borrow
    Heart's lightness from the merriment of May?
      - Endymion (bk. IV) [Sorrow]

To Sorrow
  I bade good-morrow,
    And though to leave her far away behind;
      But cheerly, cheerly,
        She loves me dearly:
          She is so constant to me, and so kind.
      - Endymion (bk. IV) [Sorrow]


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