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John Keats Romantic poem: To a Lady seen for a few Moments at Vauxhall


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Transcript - To a Lady seen for a few Moments at Vauxhall


Time's sea hath been five years at its slow ebb,

Long hours have to and fro let creep the sand,

Since I was tangled in thy beauty's web,

And snared by the ungloving of thine hand.

And yet I never look on midnight sky,

But I behold thine eyes' well-memory'd light;

I cannot look upon the rose's dye,

But to thy cheek my soul doth take its flight.

I cannot look on any budding flower,

But my fond ear, in fancy at thy lips

And hearkening for a love-sound, doth devour

Its sweets in the wrong sense. Thou dost eclipse

Every delight with sweet remembering,

And grief unto my darling joys dost bring.


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Type of Poem = a sonnet of 14 lines.

Rhyme Scheme = ABAB CDCD EFEF GG

Meter = iambic pentameter (alternating 5 unstressed and 5 stressed syllables per line).

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