Welcome to a page dedicated to poetry from the past 200 years and to poet John Keats. Snippets of information on poetic lives, quotes and art to reflect the role of verse in our fast paced 21st century world.
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"Books don’t offer real escape, but they can stop a mind scratching itself raw."
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
"It is necessary to fall in love, if only to provide an alibi for all the random despair you are going to feel anyway"
"Already with thee! tender is the night,
And haply the Queen-Moon is on her throne,
Cluster’d around by all her starry Fays
But here there is no light,
Save what from heaven is with the breezes blown
Through verdurous glooms and winding mossy ways."
"She blushed and so did he. She greeted him in a faltering voice, and he spoke to her without knowing what he was saying."
"Dickens and Shakespeare were so prolific only because their inkwells weren’t full of friends and followers jostling for their attention."
"So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys - to woo women - and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays."
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms."
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
"But I don’t want comfort. I want poetry. I want danger. I want freedom. I want goodness. I want sin."