On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer
by John Keats
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer Awe and Amazement Quotes
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Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold. (7-8)
In that split-second of awe, it feels like we never truly lived until that precise moment. Keats feels reborn in the moment of his encounter with Chapman's translation.
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies (9)
Not only do we feel alive in a new way in a moment of awe, but we also realize that our lives will never go back to the way they were. In this line, Keats goes from being a traveller of realms on earth to a stargazer. His whole perspective has shifted.