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On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

Much have I travell'd in the realms of ld,
And many odly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bars 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:
Than felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez 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.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

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