John Keats – the ultimate Romantic
Thursday 17 March, 6.30pm
Talk by Graham Fawcett
Tickets: £10 or £25 with buffet dinner afterwards.
Here we will meet a young man dead at 25 whose sonnets can stand alongside Shakespeare’s, whose great Odes are superlative and unspeakably exciting, and the sheer beauty of whose lyrical gift has seldom been surpassed by anyone in any language before or since. Read more…
Graham Fawcett, who celebrates his 70th birthday today, gives entertaining, informative and riveting talks on poets, their work and their lives.
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Ode to a Nightingale
MY heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
’Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, 5
But being too happy in thy happiness,—
That thou, light-winge´d Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green, and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
Hear the rest on the night!
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