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My Writing Journey


on February 17, 2022
(A portrait of English poet, John Keats, by William Hilton, 1822)

Before his early death at 25 from tuberculosis on February 23, 1821, English poet John Keats despaired that “I have left no immortal work behind me . . . If I had time, I would have made myself remembered.” Suffering from ill health and mocked by critics, he could not imagine the fame and adulation that has preserved his memory for two hundred years. Buried in the Protestant Cemetery in Rome, his immortal words still echo in the hearts of young poets, and visitors still flock to see his simple grave.

(Photo by Vova Pomortzeff)

I can’t help thinking what a tragedy it was that such a brilliant young poet was not recognized in his own lifetime, however short. Keats died believing he was a failure. But this has happened to so many writers and artists! Why does it take the dark hand of Death to bring a great person’s talents to life? Are we all too blind and selfish to recognize them while they’re still alive? Or, must all great writers and artists pass the test of Time?

When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be

by John Keats

When I have fears that I may cease to be

Before my pen has glean’d my teeming brain,

Before high-piled books, in charactery,

Hold like rich garners the full ripen’d grain;

When I behold, upon the night’s starr’d face,

Huge cloudy symbols of a high romance,

And think that I may never live to trace

Their shadows, with the magic hand of chance;

And when I feel, fair creature of an hour,

That I shall never look upon thee more,

Never have relish in the faery power

Of unreflecting love; — then on the shore

Of the wide world I stand alone, and think

Till love and fame to nothingness do sink.

Dawn Pisturino

February 17, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


29 responses to “Unappreciated????

  1. Jim Wingrove says:

    I love his poetry…it is a joy forever 🤗🤗

    Liked by 3 people

  2. There are so many talented people who are never recognized–not in their lifetime nor after their death. This includes truly exceptional talents. Perhaps it’s just a twist of fate if someone’s work is “discovered.” It is very sad.

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  3. Being born ahead of your times can have a downside. I also think of those who die acclaimed but who history forgets or discredits.

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  4. utahan15 says:

    two words akin to him kit marlowe

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  5. I had not realised how young he was when he died! A striking output from such a short life.

    Liked by 2 people

  6. elvira797mx says:

    Wow! Dawn very interesting, amazing, beautiful and sad. Makes me think about many talented persons, who didn’t have recognized.
    Thanks for share.
    Have a wonderful time!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. schmitztimo says:

    I think their was a movie about his life called “Bright Star”, but it is very long ago when I watched it.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Michele Lee says:

    Such a talent. One can’t help but wonder what Keats may have created, had he lived a full life. Thank you for the share.

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  9. Nature does not judge, weeding out indiscriminately the weak, it is only us humans who value what is humanly valuable.

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  10. abvr says:

    How utterly human these thoughts of a brilliant mind, paving his creative path in a world that was not read to receive him.
    Like a prophet and a messenger he leaves an eternal word for the aspiring and award-winning and acclaimed poets and writers.

    ●Why does it take the dark hand of Death to bring a great person’s talents to life?●

    Soul-stirring question
    Institutions are harsh and bias.

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  11. balladeer says:

    Great! That’s one of my favorite Keats poems too!

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  12. Hello

    Thank you so much for this. I am not well-read on poetry. I must catch up.

    Jesus died, rose again and then went into the Cloud. He and His Word were only famous after that.

    He is still rather well-known now I believe. In some circles anyway.

    He might be in the Cloud now, waiting His cue from the Father to return and have people take the knee as they say nowadays. No doubt he will bring John Keats and others with Him.

    Kind regards


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  13. I hear u says:

    Keats is really a pure poet.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. fgsjr2015 says:

    Another great artistic example is Vincent Willem van Gogh. The bitter irony is well demonstrated at the very end of the 2018 film “At Eternity’s Gate”. There, his slender corpse lies in state in a sparsely spaced coffin/box, with visitors suddenly deeply interested in his art work, which are displayed all around his casket and the room. While I don’t paint (though I’d love to have that talent), I’ve nonetheless watched the film 4-5 times, now, and likely will again many times more in future.

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  15. Jeder Künstler lebt außerhalb
    der mechanischen Zeit

    Der Dichter schöpft aus der Unendlichkeit
    Ein Poet die Athmosphäre destilliert

    Der Sänger Lieder dichtend
    den Tod im Angesicht ihm
    freudig jubelnd Ewigkeit

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