Between Paint and Poetry: A Dialogue with Keats and Turner

Study of Sea and Sky, Isle of Wight 1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Study of Sea and Sky, Isle of Wight 1827 Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851); Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856; http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/N02001

ON THE SEA

By John Keats

It keeps eternal whisperings around
Desolate shores, and with its mighty swell
Gluts twice ten thousand caverns, till the spell
Of Hecate leaves them their old shadowy sound.
Often ’tis in such gentle temper found,
That scarcely will the very smallest shell
Be moved for days from where it sometime fell,
When last the winds of heaven were unbound.
Oh ye! who have your eye-balls vexed and tired,
Feast them upon the wideness of the Sea;
Oh ye! whose ears are dinn’d with uproar rude,
Or fed too much with cloying melody, –
Sit ye near some old cavern’s mouth and brood
Until ye start, as if the sea nymphs quired!

 

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