By John Keats

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Do not all charms flyAt the mere touch of cold philosophy?


The God Hermes seeks out the most beautiful Nymph in the land and finds Lamia instead. Lamia, in serpent form, earns release from slithering to her human form when she helps Hermes find the Nymph. Lycius becomes infatuated with her beauty and pursues her. When he finally gets her a Sage named Apollonius ruins dreams with the power of truth.Highly recommended for romantics and poetry lovers. Written with vivid imagery and unique, powerful language.

itchy vosijk

Contemporary poets can go home.


So enchanting, I loved every word of it.

I liked a lot the figures that John Keats chose to tell this story, I couldn't put the book while I was reading it and now I need to read more of his work, because this one takes you to another world in so very few pages and that's extraordinary.

عماد العتيلي


“And soon his eyes had drunk her beauty up,
Leaving no drop in the bewildering cup”

Well, not bad!
I enjoyed this poem. John Keats is one of the most influential romantic poets and I'm one of his big fans.


The super short plot summary is:
“Lamia, a serpent, asks Hermes to give her a woman form in exchange for leading him to the girl he loves. He agrees, she's transformed to a woman, she goes and allures Lycius, the one she loves, to marry her, he does, but at their wedding Apollonius, a sage, uncovers her true self and tells Lycius that she's a serpent! She vanishes instantly and Lycius dies!”


It's worth reading. Especially for those who are so in love with romantic poems :) :)

Abrar Alnaseri

My Keats as usual! Opened to me a gate to another world of gods and wretches and those who seek love and get lost to find misery instead! A human falls in love with a creature got him from heaven down to earth.A serpent falls in love with a powerless creature just when she found out that her soul matched his.Wow!


I don't understand poetry, but it sounded cool.


Hermosas rimas...

Beautifully written. He mixes the Greeks, the gods and philosophy. It's an interesting dialogue of which I understood nothing. :v


Okay, so this work was certainly better than "Endymion" (review here). It was also one of the better long works by Keats in general. The plot was actually interesting, although Keats has this funny way of coming off just a tad too scholarly and "oh-so Greek and trained".

This poem was intriguing, however, because it's about a snake who turns into a woman who vanishes mysteriously for little to no reason. The best part about this is that Keats based this off of a myth that this really happened one time in ancient Greece. Isn't that just funny?

I have to admit that the reason why Keats is so famous is really for his short poems, which contain sheer brilliance. His longer works are sometimes a bit long-winded, which is an issue for writers of all sorts that happen to have amazing vocabulary. But you know what? I enjoyed myself decently while reading "Lamia", it's just a little too easy to get lost. While this may be my own fallacies in reading poetry, that's just the way it turned out.


Love in a hut, with water and a crust,
Is—Love, forgive us!—cinders, ashes, dust;
Love in a palace is perhaps at last
More grievous torment than a hermit's fast—
That is a doubtful tale from faery land,
Hard for the non-elect to understand.