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Feb 21, 2016 Brian rated it it was amazing
The God Hermes seeks out the most beautiful Nymph in the land and finds Lamia instead. Lamia, in serpent form, earns release from slithering to her human form when she helps Hermes find the Nymph. Lycius becomes infatuated with her beauty and pursues her. When he finally gets her a Sage named Apollonius ruins dreams with the power of truth.

Highly recommended for romantics and poetry lovers. Written with vivid imagery and unique, powerful language.
Apr 26, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, english-lit
Okay, so this work was certainly better than "Endymion" (review here). It was also one of the better long works by Keats in general. The plot was actually interesting, although Keats has this funny way of coming off just a tad too scholarly and "oh-so Greek and trained".

This poem was intriguing, however, because it's about a snake who turns into a woman who vanishes mysteriously for little to no reason. The best part about this is that Keats based this off of a myth that this really happened on

“And soon his eyes had drunk her beauty up,
Leaving no drop in the bewildering cup”

Well, not bad!
I enjoyed this poem. John Keats is one of the most influential romantic poets and I'm one of his big fans.


The super short plot summary is:
“Lamia, a serpent, asks Hermes to give her a woman form in exchange for leading him to the girl he loves. He agrees, she's transformed to a woman, she goes and allures Lycius, the one she loves, to marry her, he does, but at their wedding Apollonius, a sage, unco
Feb 16, 2015 Eadweard rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Love in a hut, with water and a crust,
Is—Love, forgive us!—cinders, ashes, dust;
Love in a palace is perhaps at last
More grievous torment than a hermit's fast—
That is a doubtful tale from faery land,
Hard for the non-elect to understand.
Aug 08, 2015 soɯɐsɟp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No esperaba tanta belleza en las palabras de Keats.
Abrar Alnaseri
Jun 25, 2014 Abrar Alnaseri rated it it was amazing
My Keats as usual! Opened to me a gate to another world of gods and wretches and those who seek love and get lost to find misery instead! A human falls in love with a creature got him from heaven down to earth.
A serpent falls in love with a powerless creature just when she found out that her soul matched his.
Nice enough to read, but I think I kind of lost the plot. :( It's not you, it's me! But it might be you.
Jan 05, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Recommended to Laura by: Bettie☯
From BBC Radio 4:
Adaptation of Keats's sensual narrative poem.
Sep 15, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
Not Keats's best. In content, this poem is a good example of the horse galloping away with the cart -- though on a purely sonic level, it is an awesome, unassailable tour-de-force of metrics and lyricism, by a major technician.
Martina Ghizzoni
Oct 27, 2015 Martina Ghizzoni rated it it was amazing
"Ciò che l'immaginazione coglie come bellezza deve essere verità, che esistesse prima o no"
Simi Kaur
Jul 05, 2015 Simi Kaur rated it liked it
Very identifiable as Keats' work. Can be compared very closely with his other works such as 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' and The Eve of St Agnes' which include similar themes such as love, loss, mythology, fantasy and escape.
Alexander Flense
Aug 27, 2015 Alexander Flense rated it it was amazing
Loved the imagery and language -- Keats at his finest.
Oliver Hassani
Oct 06, 2014 Oliver Hassani rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic
Poor Lycius, never stood a change against the love of a woman...a snake woman at that!
Nov 30, 2015 Eduard rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, classics, poetry, 2015
Read as part of The Complete Poems of John Keats

Rare exception from my belief that poems that take too long are generally bollocks.
Jomel Imperio
Feb 11, 2012 Jomel Imperio rated it it was ok
Not as difficult to read as I'd thought poetry of this kind would be, but I must admit to ignorance as to actual appreciation.
Apr 13, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
Stunning. Nothing we write, with all of our pale adverbs, compares to the intensity wrought with concise imagery.

2:15 Afternoon Play -

Adaptation of Keats' sensual narrative poem about the ill-starred love affair of the serpent Lamia and the innocent mortal Lycius.

Narrator ...... Paterson Joseph
Lamia ...... Charlotte Emmerson
Lycius ...... Tom Ferguson
Hermes ...... Jonathan Keeble

With original music by John Harle

Singer: Sarah Leonard.

From wiki - The poem was written in 1819, and comes within Keats' most brilliant period - it was written soon after 'La belle dame s
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Jan 11, 2012 Ala'a Tawfiq rated it it was amazing
Jane Kelsey
Dec 02, 2012 Jane Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Cathy Vanvacter
Oct 19, 2013 Cathy Vanvacter rated it it was amazing
Love this poem!
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John Keats was one of the principal poets of the English Romantic movement. During his short life, his work received constant critical attacks from the periodicals of the day, but his posthumous influence on poets such as Alfred Tennyson has been immense. Elaborate word choice and sensual imagery characterize Keats's poetry, including a series of odes that were his masterpieces and which remain am ...more
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“Philosophy will clip an Angel's wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomèd mine—
Unweave a rainbow, as it erewhile made
The tender-person'd Lamia melt into a shade”
“For so delicious were the words she sung,it seem'd he had loved them a whole summer long.” 2 likes
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