< Theme 12. The Poet (ii) >
< John Keats >
Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems (1820, 25)/span>
composed 1816 (21).
Where's the Poet? show him! show him,
Muses nine! that I may know him.
'Tis the man who with a man
Is an equal, be he King,
Or poorest of the beggar-clan
Or any other wondrous thing
A man may be 'twixt ape and Plato
'Tis the man who with a bird,
Wren or Eagle, finds his way to
All its instincts; he hath heard
The Lion's roaring, and can tell
What his horny throat expresseth,
And to him the Tiger's yell
Comes articulate and presseth
On his ear like mother-tongue.
Muses nine : originally there were only three, but they were later expanded to nine. Calliope, epic poetry and eloquence; Euterpe, music or of lyric poetry; Erato, the poetry of love; Polyhymnia, of oratory or sacred poetry; Clio, of history; Melpomene, of tragedy; Thalia, of comedy; Terpsichore, of choral song and dance; Urania, of astronomy. Plato (427?-347BC) : renowned Greek philosopher.
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