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On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
By John Keats

MUCH have I travelled 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-browed 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 Cortes when with eagle eyes
    He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Looked at each other with a wild surmise—
     Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


Source: On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
By John Keats

By John Keats, Public Domain

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