The Poetry Corner

Sonnet: Written In Answer To A Sonnet By J. H. Reynolds

By John Keats

Blue! 'Tis the life of heaven, the domain Of Cynthia, the wide palace of the sun, The tent of Hesperus, and all his train, The bosomer of clouds, gold, gray, and dun. Blue! 'Tis the life of waters: Ocean And all its vassal streams, pools numberless, May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness. Blue! Gentle cousin of the forest-green, Married to green in all the sweetest flowers, Forget-me-not, the Blue bell, and, that Queen Of secrecy, the Violet: what strange powers Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great, When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!