‘ as though of hemlock I had drunk, ‘

 

 

"The trees are flying they taste the Spring!"

Philipp Sutton RA

 

Be Drunk

You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it–it’s the
only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks
your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually
drunk.
But on what?Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be
drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of
a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again,
drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave,
the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything
that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is
singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and
wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you:”It is time to be
drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be
continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.”

Charles Baudelaire

 

My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains
My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk,
Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains
One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk:
‘Tis not through envy of thy happy lot,
But being too happy in thine happiness, –
That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees,
In some melodious plot
Of beechen green and shadows numberless,
Singest of summer in full-throated ease.

From John Keats ‘Ode to a Nightingale’

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6 thoughts on “‘ as though of hemlock I had drunk, ‘

  1. Pamela Baker

    Beautiful post on your Blog! I have always love “Ode to a Nightingale” since we first had to learn in it HS, Many forget that “to be drunk” has so many connotations;, in this sense it is what we absorb in life through nature and it beauty.

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  2. Pingback: Go Home, Dude, You’re Drunk | FanFiction Fridays

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