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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
537. On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
 
John Keats (1795–1821)
 
 
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        5
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;        10
Or like stout Cortez—when with eagle eyes
 
He stared 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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