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Happy is England! I Could Be Content by John Keats


"Happy is England! I Could Be Content" is a poem by John Keats and is about his love of England and its people. Yet, he still fantasizes of foreign places. Within the lines, "For skies Italian, and an inward groan / To sit upon an Alp as on a throne," he gives insight into his thoughts. However, he continues to go back to his love of England.

This poem is made up of a single stanza that has fourteen lines. These fourteen lines have a rhyme scheme of ABBAABBACDEDEC. This type of poem is known as a Petrarchan sonnet, also known as an Italian sonnet. It is written in iambic pentameter.


Happy is England! I Could Be Content

Happy is England! I could be content
To see no other verdure than its own;
To feel no other breezes than are blown
Through its tall woods with high romances blent;
Yet do I sometimes feel a languishment
For skies Italian, and an inward groan
To sit upon an Alp as on a throne,
And half forget what world or worldling meant.
Happy is England, sweet her artless daughters;
Enough their simple loveliness for me,
Enough their whitest arms in silence clinging;
Yet do I often warmly burn to see
Beauties of deeper glance, and hear their singing,
And float with them about the summer waters.

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Literary Movement
Romanticism, 18th Century

Sonnet, Patriotic

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