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Poem Title:  Ode On Indolence

Poem Category:  Love Poems

Poet:  John Keats

Poet Biography: 
John Keats (1795-1821) is often regarded as one of England finest poets. Dying at the age of twenty-five, he had perhaps the most remarkable career of any English poet, certainly of his day. He published only fifty-four poems, in three volumes and a few magazines. During his lifetime, John Keats would not have seen himself as one of the major Romantic poets, and indeed, he was often uneasy in their company.



Poem: 
ONE morn before me were three figures seen,
I With bowed necks, and joined hands, side-faced;
And one behind the other stepp'd serene,
In placid sandals, and in white robes graced;
They pass'd, like figures on a marble urn,
When shifted round to see the other side;
They came again; as when the urn once more
Is shifted round, the first seen shades return;
And they were strange to me, as may betide
With vases, to one deep in Phidian lore.

How is it, Shadows! that I knew ye not?
How came ye muffled in so hush a masque?
Was it a silent deep-disguised plot
To steal away, and leave without a task
My idle days? Ripe was the drowsy hour;
The blissful cloud of summer-indolence
Benumb'd my eyes; my pulse grew less and less;
Pain had no sting, and pleasure's wreath no flower:
O, why did ye not melt, and leave my sense
Unhaunted quite of all but


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