Heard melodies are sweet

Keats_Grecian urn

Heard melodies are sweet

What are we dealing with here
           for example when Keats
studies the Grecian Urn
           —one sensibility seen
through another
           across the ages
the melodic silence
           of expectation
and the timeless anticipation
           of desire’s fulfilment

but also how the world
           is held in the mind
how it is turned over
           and examined
by a forensic poetry
           looking for evidence
and recording
           an affirmation of beauty
the collateral of which
           is truth
all in the warm teasing
           sensual pant of poetry

John Lyons


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