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The Grave Of Keats by Oscar Wilde


"The Grave Of Keats" is a poem written by Oscar Wilde. Despite common belief, Keats and Wilde were not friends. They never met in person due to Keats dying some 30 years before Wilde was even born. Of course, that doesn't mean Wilde didn't study Wilde without end. Wilde was actually quite enamored with Keats writing and life story. This poem was dedicated to Keats in order to show how truly great of a writer he was.

"The Grave Of Keats" is an Italian Sonnet written in the rhyme scheme ABBAABBA-CDEEDC with iambic-pentameter. Even though the rhyme scheme is somewhat unusual, it is still an Italian Sonnet due to it being divided up into eight and six lines while being written in iambic-pentameter.


The Grave Of Keats

Rid of the world's injustice, and his pain,
He rests at last beneath God's veil of blue:
Taken from life when life and love were new
The youngest of the martyrs here is lain,
Fair as Sebastian, and as early slain.
No cypress shades his grave, no funeral yew,
But gentle violets weeping with the dew
Weave on his bones an ever-blossoming chain.
O proudest heart that broke for misery!
O sweetest lips since those of Mitylene!
O poet-painter of our English Land!
Thy name was writ in water - it shall stand:
And tears like mine will keep thy memory green,
As Isabella did her Basil-tree.


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