Footnotes... The Bane of My Existence

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Before I get into the actual meat of Keats' poem, "On First Looking into Chapman's Homer," can I just say something? I absolutely detest when a poem refers to a section of footnotes that is longer than the poem itself.

Anyway, I really love Keats' use of metaphor and simile in this poem. It's not possible to one of travel to "realms of gold" (line 1), but can't you just picture hills bathed in glorious golden sunlight (the footnotes refute this claim, but oh well). Also, Cortez does not have actual eagle eyes, but I can picture his sharp vision.

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