Lamia

Author: John Keats
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,398 / 23 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 65.9
LoC Category: PN
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Genre: Poetry
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> Return'd the snake, "but seal with oaths, fair God!"
"I swear," said Hermes, "by my serpent rod,
And by thine eyes, and by thy starry crown!"
Light flew his earnest words, among the blossoms blown.
Then thus again the brilliance feminine:
"Too frail of heart! for this lost nymph of thine,
Free as the air, invisibly, she strays
About these thornless wilds; her pleasant days
She tastes unseen; unseen her nimble feet
Leave traces in the grass and flowers sweet;
From weary tendrils, and bow'd branches green,
She plucks the fruit unseen, she bathes unseen:
And by my power is her beauty veil'd
To keep it unaffronted, unassail'd
By the love-glances of unlovely eyes,
Of Satyrs, Fauns, and blear'd Silenus' sighs.
Pale grew her immortality, for woe
Of all these lovers, and she grieved so
I took compassion on her, bade her steep
Her hair in weird syrops, that would keep
Her loveliness invisible, yet free
To wander as she loves, in libe

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2010.08.24
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Good read, some "lines" are hard to understand due to them having different meanings or jumping from one setting to another without pause but the last 10 to 15 lines really tell the reader about the poem and about Lamia and Lycius

Tragic ending, but thats not surprising, they were about to marry ;)


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