Editors' Pick April 30

Letter from the Editors

Dear Readers,

On this last day of Poetry Month 2015, we wish to acknowledge our participating poets who provided their poem selections and commentary. Our warmest thanks to these wonderful poets for their generous and throughtful contributions in support of our annual spring fund drive! An archive of this year's Poets' Picks can be found here.

And thanks too to all who have made contributions so far this year (not just during this campaign!), and to all who have taken the time to send notes throughout the drive: it all means a great deal to us that our readers support what we do every day. Thank you!!

Today's pick is a selection by the editors of Poetry Daily. No commentary, except to say once again, thank you all.

Warmest regards,

Don Selby & Diane Boller
Editors


Editors' Pick, April 30, 2015

"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
   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.

 


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