Posted by ESC on February 11, 2003
In Reply to: Here lies one whose name was writ in water posted by ESC on February 11, 2003
: : what does this mean "here lies a man whose name was writ in water." please email me the awnser
: I believe it must mean that a person will be soon forgotten. Here's what I found online:
: In 1820 appeared the second
volume of Keats poems. It gained a huge critical success. However, Keats was suffering
from tuberculosis and his poems were marked with sadness partly because he was
too poor to marry Fanny Brawne, the woman he loved. In a letter from 1819 he wrote.
"I love you more in that I believe you have liked me for my own sake and nothing
else. I have met with women whom I relay think would like to be married to a Poem
and given away by a Novel." When his condition gradually worsened, he sailed for
Italy with his friend, the painter Joseph Severn, to escape England's cold winter.
Declining Shelley's invitation to join him at Pisa, Keats went to Rome, where
he died at the age of 25, on February 23, 1821. Keats did not invent his own epitaph,
but remembered words from the play Philaster, or Love Lies-Ableeding, written
by Beaumont and Fletcher in 1611. "All your better deeds / Shall be in water writ,"
one of the characters says. Keats told his friend Joseph Severn that he wanted
on his grave just the line, "Here lies one whose name was writ in water."
: From The Literature Network at http://www.online-literature.com/keats/
: A picture
of the tombstone and the following text is at http://www.geocities.com/bymasako/index02.html
: THIS GRAVE CONTAINS
: ALL THAT WAS MORTAL OF
: A YOUNG ENGLISH POET WHO
: ON HIS DEATH-BED
: IN THE BITTERNESS OF HIS HEART
: at the malicious power of his enemies
: desired these words to be engraved
: on his tombstone
: "HERE LIES ONE WHOSE NAME
: WAS WRIT IN WATER"
: FEB 24 1821