- le·the |ˈlē-thē|
- Greek Mythology: A river in Hades whose waters cause drinkers to forget their past
- forgetfulness; oblivion.
“Ode on Melancholy” (excerpt)
By John Keats
No, no, go not to Lethe, neither twist
Wolf’s-bane, tight-rooted, for its poisonous wine;
Nor suffer thy pale forehead to be kiss’d
By nightshade, ruby grape of Proserpine;
Make not your rosary of yew-berries,
Nor let the beetle, nor the death-moth be
Your mournful Psyche, nor the downy owl
A partner in your sorrow’s mysteries;
For shade to shade will come too drowsily,
And drown the wakeful anguish of the soul.
Keats, John. “Ode on Melancholy”. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 23 Sept 2015.