NaPoMo, Day 14: When I have fears that I may cease to be

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It’s the last day of transcriptions for The Read Room’s celebration of National Poetry Month. Today’s selection is “When I have fears that I may cease to be” by John Keats.

Keats is a brilliant poet, and this poem is the quintessence of how he is remembered: as “one whose name was writ in water“.

Keats suffered long at the hands of tuberculosis and died at the age of twenty-five, and many of his poems deal with transience and the fleeting brevity of life. It is remarkable to me that a person with so few years (only slightly older than myself!) discovered such poignant truths of life and immortalized them in poetry so wise and beautifully that they are that they are still widely recognized and taught today, almost two hundred years after his death.

Next week, starting tomorrow– blackout poems! Stay tuned 🙂


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