Monday, August 27, 2007

Poetry in the outdoors

Poetic inspiration comes even to tourists, I believe. When one travels and sees sights so extraordinary that they pierce into his very core, his muse may not be far behind.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
- Robert Frost,
The Road Not Taken
(Fatima, Portugal)

“O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done;
The ship has weathered every rack, the prize we sought is won;
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting…” - Walt Whitman,
O Captain! My Captain!
(Antwerp, Belgium)

“But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st:”
- William Shakespeare,
Sonnet 18
(Venice, Italy)

“Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits...” - John Keats,
A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever
(Volendam, the Netherlands)

“The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
The higher he's a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
And nearer he's to setting.”
- Robert Herrick, To the Virgins to Make Much of Time
(Meteora, Greece)

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