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" Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring forth thy soul abroad In such an ecstasy! "
Spirit of the English Magazines - Page 441
1821
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The Orphaned Imagination: Melancholy and Commodity Culture in English ...

Guinn Batten - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 307 pages
...performative speech act that seems to make manifest the uncanny presence, and power, of his deadly auditor: Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever...
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The Classic Hundred Poems: All-time Favorites

William Harmon, Professor William Harmon - Poetry - 1998 - 360 pages
...eldest child, The coming musk-rose, full of dewy wine, The murmurous haunt of flies on summer eves. VI Darkling I listen; and for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever...
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Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide

Gerald Dworkin, R. G. Frey, Sissela Bok - Medical - 1998 - 139 pages
...the weakness which has taken possession of so many - the lust for death." Longing for Easeful Death Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme. To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever...
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Death, Desire, and Loss in Western Culture

Jonathan Dollimore, Reader in the School of English and American Studies Jonathan Dollimore - Family & Relationships - 1998 - 384 pages
...spectre-thin, and dies, Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And leaden-eyed despairs 6 . . . for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death Now more than ever seems it rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring...
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Keats

Andrew Motion - Biography & Autobiography - 1999 - 636 pages
...diluted by wishful thinking. In the sixth stanza this prompts a moment of philosophical stocktaking: Darkling I listen; and, for many a time I have been...take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever it seems rich to die, To cease upon the midnight with no pain, While thou art pouring forth thy soul...
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The Gender of Death: A Cultural History in Art and Literature

Karl S. Guthke, Karl Siegfried Guthke - Literary Criticism - 1999 - 297 pages
...at, without making its object concrete, in the well-known lines of Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale": "Darkling I listen; and for many a time / I have been half in love with easeful Death" - to which Shelley seems to respond equally vaguely when, in the preface to Adonais, his elegy on Keats's...
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Making Mark Twain Work in the Classroom

James S. Leonard - Education - 1999 - 318 pages
...within us. No wonder, then, that the last fifteen years of his life, in many respects, echo Keats's "and, for many a time / I have been half in love with easeful Death." Perhaps this love, half -ironically stated in some of the entries of Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar,...
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The Masks of Keats: The Endeavour of a Poet

Thomas McFarland, Murray Professor of English Literature Emeritus Thomas McFarland - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 244 pages
...ode's structure and meaning is the apprehension that, death once dead, there's no more dying then: Darkling I listen; and for many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death, Call'd him soft names in many a mused rhyme, To take into the air my quiet breath; Now more than ever...
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A Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884: What a Bright, Educated, Witty, Lively ...

Katherine Sherwood Bonner McDowell - History - 2000 - 451 pages
...to honor the two poets (43). 29. This is reminiscent of Keats's "Ode to a Nightingale," lines 51-52: "Darkling I listen; and, for many a time, / I have been half in love with easeful Death." The Protestant Cemetery was "a most romantic setting of which Shelley wrote 'it might make one in love...
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Now More Than Ever

Aldous Huxley, David Bradshaw, James Sexton - Drama - 2000 - 95 pages
...felt like that. How extraordinarily comfortable it would be. One gets so damnably tired sometimes. "Darkling, I listen; and, for many a time /I have been half in love with easeful Death." Yes, "easeful." He gets it exactly. Just what I feel, only more so, if you see what I mean. BARMBY:...
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