Chapman’s Homer

If you find yourself still thinking about the rare books we saw in Hesburgh Special Collections today, you should know that you’re not the first people on whom Chapman & Co. have left a lasting impression.  Here’s how John Keats commemorated the occasion almost 200 years ago:

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer

Much have I travell’d in the realms of gold,
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
Round many western islands have I been
Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He star’d at the Pacific — and all his men
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise —
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

Have a great weekend, and here’s for some “wild surmise” on Saturday!

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