On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer

My Poetry Anthology is featuring selections from Cottage Press Language Lessons and Language Arts. “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer” is a poetry selection in Poetics & Progym II (for upper school students).

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
   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;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
   He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
   Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


~ John Keats, 1816


 Poet’s Original Manuscript

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