One Speaker/One Poem: Jeremy Elprin on John Keats

Jeremy Elprin (Université de Caen Normandie) will be presenting John Keats’s poem “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”. The session will be moderated by Marc Porée

You can now watch the presentation online:

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold, 

And many goodly states and kingdoms seen; 

Round many western islands have I been 

Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold. 

Oft of one wide expanse had I been told 

That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne; 

Yet did I never breathe its pure serene 

Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: 

Then felt I like some watcher of the skies 

When a new planet swims into his ken; 

Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes 

He star’d at the Pacific—and all his men 

Look’d at each other with a wild surmise— 

Silent, upon a peak in Darien.


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