Spotlight Poetry – Meg Merrilies – A poem by John Keats

© Isabel Ferreira, Late Summer in the Moors, 2020

Meg Merrilies by John Keats

Old Meg she was a Gipsy,
       And liv’d upon the Moors:

Her bed it was the brown heath turf,
       And her house was out of doors.

Her apples were swart blackberries,
       Her currants pods o’ broom;

Her wine was dew of the wild white rose,
       Her book a churchyard tomb.

Her Brothers were the craggy hills,
       Her Sisters larchen trees—

Alone with her great family
       She liv’d as she did please.

No breakfast had she many a morn,
       No dinner many a noon,

And ‘stead of supper she would stare
       Full hard against the Moon.

But every morn of woodbine fresh
       She made her garlanding,

And every night the dark glen Yew
       She wove, and she would sing.

And with her fingers old and brown
       She plaited Mats o’ Rushes,

And gave them to the Cottagers
       She met among the Bushes.

Old Meg was brave as Margaret Queen
       And tall as Amazon:

An old red blanket cloak she wore;
       A chip hat had she on.
God rest her aged bones somewhere—
       She died full long agone!

Poem Attribution © John Keats, Meg Merrilies

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47348/meg-merrilies

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Painting Attribution © Isabel Ferreira, Late Summer in the Moors, 2020

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Spotlight Poetry – On the Grasshopper and Cricket – A poem by John Keats

On the Grasshopper and Cricket by John Keats

The Poetry of earth is never dead:    
  When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,    

  And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run    
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;    
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead      
  In summer luxury,—he has never done    

  With his delights; for when tired out with fun    
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.    
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:    
  On a lone winter evening, when the frost     

    Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills    
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,    
  And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,    
    The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.

Poem Attribution © John Keats, On the Grasshopper and Cricket

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/53210/on-the-grasshopper-and-cricket

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Painting Attribution © Alejos Lorenzo, Nature is the Law, 2017

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Spotlight Poetry – from Endymion – A poem by John Keats

© Vladimir Misyts, Beauty of Nature, 2012

from Endymion by John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never

Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing

A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o’er-darkened ways

Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old and young, sprouting a shady boon

For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
‘Gainst the hot season; the mid forest brake,

Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:

An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven’s brink.

Poem Attribution © John Keats, from Endymion, (A Poetic Romance – excerpt)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44469/endymion-56d2239287ca5

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Spotlight Poetry – Last Sonnet – A poem by John Keats

© Tamaz Gogoladze, Harlequin

Last Sonnet – “Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art” – by John Keats

Poem Attribution © John Keats, Last Sonnet (“Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art”)

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44468/bright-star-would-i-were-stedfast-as-thou-art

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Poetry Spotlight – On the Sea – Poem of the day by John Keats

On the Sea by John Keats

Poem Attribution © John Keats, On the Sea

Source Attributionhttps://www.thereader.org.uk/featured-poem-on-the-sea-by-john-keats-2/

Painting Attribution © Elinor Rowlands, The Cave, (Date Unstated)

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Poetry Spotlight – The Human Seasons – A poem by John Keats

The Human Seasons by John Keats

Poem Attribution © John Keats, The Human Seasons

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44472/the-human-seasons

Painting Attribution © Clark Prosperi, Four Seasons, (Date Unstated)

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