mindfulness and poetry friday!: the fall of hyperion

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John Keats is one of the most talented poets in this language’s history, though he died so young (25!) from tuberculosis. This is from a fragment he never finished, “The Fall of Hyperion.” Mindfulness isn’t quite what the poem is about, but the poem does discuss the concept of dreamers vs. those who live in the world and so I will post this little fragment.

Only the dreamer venoms all his days,
Bearing more woe than his sins deserve.

We can all of us make our lives hell by living in our mind. When we live in the world and not in dreams, we can escape our own treachery.

Go out and live your weekend.

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  • http://innovationimitation.com/ Mike Polischuk

    Even though “The Fall of Hyperion” for me is first of all a Dan Simmon’s novel, Keats is undeniably poignant as these words show.

  • http://www.bryemye.com Brian Miles

    Haha I just read Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion (from Simmons) a few months ago. It was quite the interesting read. I am not sure just how I might relate it to mindfulness though there’s something there, somewhere…

    • http://innovationimitation.com/ Mike Polischuk

      Hyperion was great, so vivid and rich in grasp and scope (especially the stories of the priest and Rachel). But the Fall was indeed a fall, so many directions, ideas and tools that don’t seem to make a one coherent story. What’s your take on them?

      • http://www.bryemye.com Brian Miles

         I too thought Hyperion was the better book, though I think The Fall of Hyperion was necessary. I was skeptical of the first book until about midway through the first story, haha, and from there it was quite a trip. I agree that The Priest’s tale and the story about Rachel were the most powerful, with the soldier’s probably being the weakest. I was a little disappointed with how the Priest’s tale ended up being tied in, though I guess you can kind of see how maybe this idea got stolen for the matrix with its tunnels and using people as computer power etc.

        The strength of the two books is the world they create more than the plot of the story. The Ousters in particular end up being so fascinating. It is a world that is fun to inhabit.