Posts tagged ‘Lamia’

October 23, 2012

“A Gordian Shape of Dazzling Hue” (Keats’s Lamia)

by Biblioklept

(Read the entirety of John Keats’s supernatural long poem Lamia as a free illustrated ebook).

About these ads
October 29, 2010

“Some Demon’s Mistress, Or the Demon’s Self” — From Keats’s Lamia

by Biblioklept

John Keats’s long poem Lamia (or “Lamia,” I suppose) is a fantastic supernatural romance narrative. Give it a read–like Twilight, only, y’know, good

She was a gordian shape of dazzling hue,
Vermilion-spotted, golden, green, and blue;
Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard,
Eyed like a peacock, and all crimson barr’d;
And full of silver moons, that, as she breathed,
Dissolv’d, or brighter shone, or interwreathed
Their lustres with the gloomier tapestries–
So rainbow-sided, touch’d with miseries,
She seem’d, at once, some penanced lady elf,
Some demon’s mistress, or the demon’s self.
Upon her crest she wore a wannish fire
Sprinkled with stars, like Ariadne’s tiar:
Her head was serpent, but ah, bitter-sweet!
She had a woman’s mouth with all its pearls complete:
And for her eyes: what could such eyes do there
But weep, and weep, that they were born so fair?
As Proserpine still weeps for her Sicilian air.
Her throat was serpent, but the words she spake
Came, as through bubbling honey, for Love’s sake,
And thus; while Hermes on his pinions lay,
Like a stoop’d falcon ere he takes his prey.

You can read the whole poem here.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 18,544 other followers

%d bloggers like this: