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ELLEN, IF KEATS, by                    
First Line: Ellen, when we walked in that turquoise night
Last Line: To gorgeous torsos, statues warmly cold!
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


ELLEN, when we walked in that turquoise night,
Smouldering in frosty, yellow stars, you were
Like Sargent's Dancer glamorous in a stir
Of shadowing. . . . A nervous bit of white
With an unearthly glow upon your face. . .
A sketchy background. . . there, a dreamy hill,
And, here, a wavering rim of purple space --
O what a study for a master's skill!

If Keats were here, I wonder, would he mumble,
"The universal tinge of sober gold?"
O he would be so tender, strange, and humble,
So thrilled with beauty stars would move and stumble
Into his faltering words for him to mold
To gorgeous torsos, statues warmly cold!





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