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When I have Fears That I May Cease to Be
By JOHN KEATS
When I have fears that I may cease to be
Before my pen has gleaned my teeming brain,
Before high-pilèd books, in charactery,
Hold like rich garners the full ripened grain;
When I behold, upon the night’s starred face,
Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,
And think that I may never live to trace
Their shadows with the magic hand of chance;
And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,
That I shall never look upon thee more,
Never have relish in the faery power
Of unreflecting love—then on the shore
Of the wide world I stand alone, and think
Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.
THE CHARIOT - Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death, He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labor, and my leisure too,
For his civility.
We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: Encia22
Thank you for posting this.
I will add that the poem is a sonnet, with a precisely patterned format and rhyme scheme. Best appreciated when read aloud.
(On a minor detail, the Spanish flu was a century later)