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A Greeting of the Spirit

Selected Poetry of John Keats with Commentaries

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$35.00 • £30.95 • €31.95

ISBN 9780674980891

Publication Date: 10/31/2022


480 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

16 photos

Belknap Press


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  • Author’s Note on Text and Style
  • Abbreviations
  • [List of] Illustrations*
  • Introduction
  • Sonnet Ventures: April 1814–April 1817
    • “O Peace!”
    • “Oh Chatterton!”
    • Written on the day that Mr. Leigh Hunt left Prison
    • To Solitude
    • To My Brother George
    • “To one who has been long in city pent”
    • “How many bards gild the lapses of time!”
    • On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
    • “Keen, fitful gusts”
    • To My Brothers
    • “Great Spirits now on earth”
    • “Written in disgust of vulgar superstition”
    • On the Grasshopper and Cricket
    • Sonnet (“After dark vapors”)
    • To Haydon / With a Sonnet Written On seeing the Elgin Marbles
    • On the Sea
  • Poems and a “Long Poem”: March 1817–March 1818
    • from Poems
      • Dedication: To Leigh Hunt, Esq.
      • from Sleep and Poetry: the ten-year plan
        • a lovely tale of human life we’ll read
        • O that I might know
    • from Endymion: A Poetic Romance
      • I. “with full happiness…I / will trace the story of Endymion”
      • I. “fellowship divine”
      • II. the Bower of Adonis
      • II. “slippery blisses”
      • III. Circe and Glaucus
      • IV. “this Cave of Quietude”
  • Training, Retraining, “New Romance”: December 1817–May 1818
    • Song (“In drear nighted December”)
    • To Mrs. Reynolds’s Cat
    • On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again
    • “O blush not so”
    • “When I have fears that I may cease to be”
    • To—— (“Time’s sea”)
    • Sonnet / To the Nile
    • Answer to a Sonnet Ending Thus (“Blue!”)
    • “the Thrush said”
    • “Rantipole Betty, a dawlish fair”
    • “Dear Reynolds”
    • from Isabella; or, The Poet of Basil. A Story from Boccaccio
      • Isabella’s Lover; Isabella’s Brothers
      • Isabella’s Pot of Basil
    • Sonnet / To Homer. 1818
    • ode to Maia
  • To the North, to the North: Summer 1818
    • —On visiting the Tomb of Burns—
    • a song about mys elf (“There was a naughty Boy”)
    • To Ailsa Rock—
    • Sonnet (“This mortal body”)
    • Lines written in the highlands after a visit to Burns’s Country –
    • Writing Ben Nevis
      • “a little conversation…between the mountain and the Lady,…Mrs C—.”
      • “a Sonnet I wrote on the top of Ben Nevis”
  • Wide Venturing: Fall 1818–April 1819
    • An Epic Fragment, A Roaming, A Romance, A Ballad
    • from Hyperion. A Fragment
      • Book I:
        • “the shady sadness of a vale”
        • Saturn and Thea
        • “Blazing Hyperion…yet unsecure”
      • Book III:
        • “Apollo, the Father of all verse”
    • Fancy
    • The Eve of St. Agnes
    • La belle dame sans merci and La Belle Dame sans Mercy
  • Garlands of Their Own: Spring–Summer 1819
    • “Why did I laugh to-night?”
    • A dream, after reading Dante’s Episode of Paolo and Francesca
    • On Fame and Another on Fame
    • “Incipit Altera Sonneta” (“If by dull rhymes our english must be chaind”)
    • Re: generating the Ode, Spring 1819
      • Ode on Indolence
      • Ode to Psyche
      • Ode to a Nightingale
      • Ode on a Grecian Urn
      • Ode on Melancholy
  • All I Live For: Last Poems, August 1819–Winter 1820
    • from Lamia
      • I: “Upon a time”
      • I: “a gordian shape”
      • I: Hermes and the nymph; She-serpent to woman’s form
      • II: “What wreath?”
      • II: found and wound
  • Ending, Unending
    • from The Fall of Hyperion. A Dream
      • Canto I:
        • “for a sort of induction——”
        • “Thou hast felt / What ’tis to die”
        • Moneta’s globed brain
        • Reliving Hyperion: no relief
      • Canto I into Canto II:
        • Hyperion at last, and once again
    • To Autumn
    • Late Intimacies and Sonnets Still, Still Unstill
      • Sonnet (1819): “I cry your mercy”
      • “The day is gone”
      • Sonnet to Sleep
      • “Bright Star”
      • “This living hand”
  • Postscript
  • Timelines
  • Works Cited
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index
  • * List of Illustrations
    • 1. Title page, Poems, with Keats’s inscription to Wordsworth (1817).
    • 2. Keats’s first draft of “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” (1816).
    • 3. Keats’s excited letter to Benjamin Robert Haydon, November 1816.
    • 4. Detail from Benjamin Robert Haydon’s Christ’s Entry into Jerusalem (1816–1819), with Keats and Wordsworth.
    • 5. Keats’s manuscript, “Written in disgust of vulgar superstition” (August 1816).
    • 6. Title page, Endymion: A Poetic Romance (1818).
    • 7. Keats’s draft, “In drear nighted December” (December 1817).
    • 8. Keats’s draft, “On sitting down to read King Lear once again” (January 1818).
    • 9. Keats’s emphatic cross-outs and inscribed comment on the Advertisement page at the front of the 1820 volume.
    • 10. Page from Keats’s manuscript (February 1819) of The Eve of St. Agnes XXVI.
    • 11. “La Belle Dame sans Mercy,” Indicator, 10 May 1820.
    • 12. Keats’s letter-text: prologue and sonnet on his dream of Dante’s Paolo and Francesca in Hell (April 1819).
    • 13. “Incipit Altera Sonneta,” assembled from two pages of a letter written in 1819.
    • 14. Title page, 1820 volume, inscribed to F. B. (Fanny Brawne).
    • 15. Keats’s draft of “Bright Star,” written in his copy of Shakespeare’s Poems (1819).
    • 16. Keats’s manuscript of “This living hand.”

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