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Complete Poems ((3RD)88 Edition)


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About the Author

John Keats was born in October 1795, son of the manager of a livery stable in Moorfields. His father died in 1804 and his mother, of tuberculosis, in 1810. By then he had received a good education at John Clarke’s Enfield private school. In 1811 he was apprenticed to a surgeon, completing his professional training at Guy’s Hospital in 1816. His decision to commit himself to poetry rather than a medical career was a courageous one, based more on a challenge to himself than any actual achievement.

His genius was recognized and encouraged by early Mends like Charles Cowden Clarke and J. H. Reynolds, and in October 1816 he met Leigh Hunt, whose Examiner had already published Keats’s first poem. Only seven months later Poems (1817) appeared. Despite the high hopes of the Hunt circle, it was a failure. By the time Endymion was published in 1818 Keats’s name had been identified with Hunt’s ‘Cockney School’, and the Tory Blackwood’s Magazine delivered a violent attack on Keats as a lower-class vulgarian, with no right to aspire to ‘poetry’.

But for Keats fame lay not in contemporary literary politics but with posterity. Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and Wordsworth were his inspiration and challenge. The extraordinary speed with which Keats matured is evident from his letters. In 1818 he had worked on the powerful epic fragment Hyperion, and in 1819 he wrote ‘The Eve of St Agnes’, ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’, the major odes, Lamia, and the deeply exploratory Fall of Hyperion. Keats was already unwell when preparing the 1820 volume for the press; by the time it appeared in July he was desperately ill. He died in Rome in 1821. Keats’s final volume did receive some contemporary critical recognition, but it was not until the latter part of the nineteenth century that his place in English Romanticism began to be recognized, and not until this century that it became fully recognized.

Table of Contents

The Complete Poems Introduction

Note to the Third Edition


Table of Dates

Further Reading

Imitation of Spenser

On Peace

"Fill for me a brimming bowl"

To Lord Byron

"As from the darkening gloom a silver dove"

"Can death be sleep, when life is but a dream"

To Chatterton

Written on the Day that Mr. Leigh Hunt left Prison

To Hope

Ode to Apollo ("In thy western halls of gold")

Lines Written on 29 May The Anniversary of the Restoration of Charles the 2nd

To Some Ladies

On Receiving a Curious Shell, and a Copy of Verses, from the Same Ladies

To Emma

Song ("Stay, ruby-breasted warbler, stay")

"Woman! when I behold thee flippant, vain"

"O Solitude! if I must with thee dwell"

To George Felton Mathew

To [Mary Frogley]

To — ("Had I a man's fair form, then might my sighs")

"Give me Women, Wine, and Snuff"

Specimen of an Induction to a Poem

Calidore. A Fragment

"To one who has been long in city pent"

"O! how I love, on a fair summer's eve"

To a Friend who Sent me some Roses

To my Brother George ("Many the wonders I this day have seen")

To Charles Cowden Clarke

"How many bards gild the lapses of time!"

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer

To a Young Lady who sent me a Laurel Crown

On Leaving some Friends at an Early Hour

"Keen, fitful gusts are whispering here and there"

Addressed to Haydon

To my Brothers

Addressed to [Haydon]

"I stood tip-toe upon a little hill"

Sleep and Poetry

Written in Disgust of Vulgar Superstition

On the Grasshopper and Cricket

To Kosciusko

To G[eorgiana] A[ugusta] W[ylie]

"Happy is England! I could be content"

"After dark vapours have oppressed our plains"

To Leigh Hunt, Esq.

Written on a Blank Space at the End of Chaucer's Tale of The Floure and the Leafe

On Receiving a Laurel Crown from Leigh Hunt

To the Ladies who Saw Me Crowned

Ode to Apollo ("God of the golden bow")

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

To B. R. Haydon, with a Sonnet Written on Seeing the Elgin Marbles

On The Story of Rimini

On a Leander Gem which Miss Reynolds, my Kind Friend, Gave Me

On the Sea

Lines ("Unfelt, unheard, unseen")

Stanzas ("You say you love; but with a voice")

"Hither, hither, love -"

Lines Rhymed in a Letter Received (by J. H. Reynolds) From Oxford

"Think not of it, sweet one, so - "

Endymion: A Poetic Romance

"In drear-nighted December"

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Apollo to the Graces

To Mrs. Reynolds's Cat

On Seeing a Lock of Milton's Hair. Ode

On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again

"When I have fears that I may cease to be"

"O blush not so! O blush not so!"

"Hence Burgundy, Claret, and Port"

"God of the meridian"

Robin Hood

Lines on the Mermaid Tavern

To - ("Time's sea hath been five years at its slow ebb")

To the Nile

"Spenser! a jealous honourer of thine"

"Blue! 'Tis the life of heaven, the domain"

"O thou whose face hath felt the Winter's wind"

Sonnet to A[ubrey] G[eorge] S[pencer]

Extracts from an Opera

i. "O! were I one of the Olympian twelve"

ii. Daisy's Song

iii. Folly's Song

iv. "O, I am frightened with most hateful thoughts"

v. Song ("The stranger lighted from his steed")

vi. "Asleep! O sleep a little while, white pearl!"

The Human Seasons

"For there's Bishop's Teign"

"Where be ye going, you Devon maid?"

"Over the hill and over the dale"

To J. H. Reynolds, Esq.

To J[ames] R[ice]

Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil

To Homer

Ode to May. Fragment


"Sweet, sweet is the greeting of eyes"

On Visiting the Tomb of Burns

"Old Meg she was a gipsy"

A Song about Myself

"Ah! ken ye what I met the day"

To Ailsa Rock

"This mortal body of a thousand days"

"All gentle folks who owe a grudge"

"Of late two dainties were before me placed"

Lines Written in the Highlands after a Visit to Burns's Country

On Visiting Staffa

"Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud"

"Upon my life, Sir Nevis, I am piqued"

Stanzas on some Skulls in Beauly Abbey, near Inverness

Translated from Ronsard

"'Tis 'the witching time of night'"

"Welcome joy, and welcome sorrow"

Song ("Spirit that here reignest")

"Where's the Poet? Show him, show him"

Fragment of the "Castle Builder"

"And what is love? It is a doll dressed up"

Hyperion. A Fragment


Ode ("Bards of Passion and of Mirth")

Song ("I had a dove and the sweet dove died")

Song ("Hush, hush! tread softly! hush, hush my dear!")

The Eve of St. Agnes

The Eve of St. Mark

"Gif ye wol stonden hardie wight"

"Why did I laugh tonight?"

Faery Bird's Song ("Shed no tear - O, shed no tear!")

Faery Song ("Ah! woe is me! poor silver-wing!")

"When they were come unto the Faery's Court"

"The House of Mourning written by Mr. Scott"

Character of Charles Brown

A Dream, after reading Dante's Episode of Paolo and Francesca

La Belle Dame Sans Merci. A Ballad

Song of Four Faeries

To Sleep

"If by dull rhymes our English must be chained"

Ode to Psyche

On Fame (I) ("Fame, like a wayward girl, will still be coy")

On Fame (II) ("How fevered is the man who cannot look")

"Two or three posies"

Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ode to a Nightingale

Ode on Melancholy

Ode on Indolence

Otho the Great. A Tragedy in Five Acts


"Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes"

To Autumn

The Fall of Hyperion. A Dream

"The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone"

"What can I do to drive away"

"I cry your mercy, pity, love - ay, love"

"Bright star! would I were as steadfast as thou art"

King Stephen. A Fragment of a Tragedy

"This living hand, now warm and capable"

The Cap and Bells; or, The Jealousies

To Fanny

"In after-time, a sage of mickle lore"

Three Undated Fragments

Doubtful Attributions:

"See, the ship in the bay is riding"

The Poet


Appendix 1: Wordsworth and Hazlitt on the Origins of Greek Mythology

Appendix 2: The Two Prefaces to Endymion

Appendix 3: The Order of Poems in Poems (1817) and Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820) and The Publisher's Advertisement for 1820

Appendix 4: Keats's Notes on Milton's Paradise Lost

Appendix 5: Keats on Kean's Shakespearean Acting

Appendix 6: Selection of Keats's Letters


Dictionary of Classical Names

Index of Titles

Index of First Lines

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