Flax by ChiltonC2

Question 7

In these lines, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow rewrites the epitaph of what poet who died of tuberculosis at the age of 25? Lo! in the moonlight gleams a marble white, On which I read: "Here lieth one whose name Was writ in water." And was this the meed Of his sweet singing? Rather let me write: "The smoking flax before it burst to flame Was quenched by death, and broken the bruised reed."

John Keats