Keats Sonnet in Honor of Derrick Rose

The Bulls trounced the Heat this evening, filling me with such euphoria that this John Keats sonnet came to mind…

“On first looking into Chapman’s Homer”

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-brow’d Homer ruled as his demesne:
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez, when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

[George Chapman was a contemporary of Shakespeare’s. Chapman was the first to translate Homer’s works into English. Chapman’s iambic-pentameter Homer had been supplanted by later, more precise translations, which were the standard fare at Keats’ time. Apollo directs the divine Muses, to whom Homer appealed for aid. Darien is a province of Panama.]

2 thoughts on “Keats Sonnet in Honor of Derrick Rose

  1. Fr. Mark,

    Wow, I tried to find the “Darien” in the poem; and I found, instead, a real man, Alan Farrell of Hampton-Sydney College.

    Try this one out:

    It really puts modern feet (iambi) on Keats.



  2. Father Mark,

    I have stumbled across your website. My husband and I and our children attend St. Joseph’s Church in Martinsville, VA. We are very excited to have you as our new priest. We look forward to getting to know you and reading your blog posts.

    in Christ,

    Cathy Goodman

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