John Keats: The Poet

Updated February 28, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

The Poet

A Fragment

Where?s the Poet? show him! show him,
Muses nine! that I may know him!
?Tis the man who with a man
Is an equal, be he King
Or poorest of the beggar-clan,
Or any other wondrous thing
A man may be ?twixt ape and Plato;
?Tis the man who with a bird,
Wren or eagle, finds his way to
All its instincts; he hath heard
The lion?s roaring, and can tell
What his horny throat expresseth,
And to him the tiger?s yell
Comes articulate and presseth
On his ear like mother-tongue.?