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Ode on a Grecian Urn by John Keats

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Uploaded on Nov 1, 2007

The most famous poem in the English language? Well, it certainly stands on the 'sunlit uplands' of our literature. How such a young man was able to write such perfect verse is a mystery soluble only by the theory of the transmigration of souls.

I never forget how I first heard the great English actor Robert Donat (what a beautiful voice, even more mellifluous that Gielgud's famed dulcet tones!) reading this and other Keats' poems in recordings made more or less on his death bed. I can't hope to beat his performance, but I've done my best. The music is by Debussy. The last picture in the video is of Keats' grave.

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