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  • August 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92491-6
  • 5.7 × 9.2 in / 704 pages
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Keats's Poetry and Prose


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John Keats (Author), Jeffrey N. Cox (Editor, University of Colorado at Boulder)


This Norton Critical Edition seeks to return Keats—one of the most beloved poets of the English language—to his cultural moment by tracking his emergence as a public poet.

For this reason, this volume presents the writings in the order of publication rather than composition. Readers can trace the poems through letters, reviews, and related material chronologically interleaved with the texts themselves. This edition offers extensive apparatus to help readers fully appreciate Keats’s poetry and legacy, including an introduction, headnotes, explanatory annotations, and a wealth of contextual documents. “Criticism” includes twelve important commentaries on Keats and his poetry, by Paul de Man, Marjorie Levinson, Grant F. Scott, Margaret Homans, Nicholas Roe, Stuart Sperry, Neil Fraistat, Jack Stillinger, James Chandler, Alan Bewell, and Jeffrey N. Cox.



    A Note on the Text


    Before Poems (1817):

    1. On Peace
    2. Lines Written on 29 May, the Anniversary of Charles’ Restoration, on Hearing Bells Ringing
    3. [Fill for me a brimming bowl
    4. Sonnet [As from the darkening gloom a silver dove]
    5. Sonnet to Lord Byron
    6. Sonnet to Chatterton
    7. Ode to Apollo
    8. [Give me women, wine and snuff]
    9. Sonnet [Oh! how I love, on a fair summer’s eve]
    10. Letter to C.C. Clarke, October 9, 1816
    11. George Felton Mathew: “To a Poetical Friend”
    12. Leigh Hunt: “Young Poets”
    13. Sonnet. Written in disgust on vulgar superstition
    14. Sonnet [After dark vapors have oppress’d our plains]

    Between Poems (1817) and Endymion (1818):

    1. To a Young Lady Who Sent me a Laurel Crown
    2. On Receiving a Laurel Crown from Leigh Hunt
    3. To the Ladies Who Saw Me Crowned
    4. Ode to Apollo [God of the golden bow]
    5. Written on a Blank Space at the End of Chaucer’s Tale of “The Floure and the Lefe” [This Pleasant Tale is like a little Copse]
    6. To Haydon with a Sonnet Written on Seeing the Elgin Marbles
    7. On Seeing the Elgin Marbles
    8. J. H. Reynolds: Champion Review of Poems
    9. On a Picture of Leander [On a Leander which Miss Reynolds my kind friend gave me]
    10. On Leigh Hunt’s Poem, The “Story of Rimini”
    11. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, April 17-18, 1817
    12. Sonnet on the Sea
    13. Lines [Unfelt, unheard, unseen]
    14. [You say you love, but with a voice]
    15. Letter to Leigh Hunt, May 10, 1817
    16. Letter to B .R. Haydon, May 10-11, 1817
    17. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, September 21, 1817
    18. Josiah Conder: From Review of Poems
    19. Unsigned: Review in Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, October 1817
    20. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, October 8, 1817
    21. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, November 3, 1817
    22. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, November 22, 1817
    23. [Before he went to feed with owls and bats]
    24. Stanzas [In drear-nighted December]
    25. Mr. Kean
    26. Letter to George and Tom Keats, December 21(?), 27, 1817
    27. Letter to George and Tom Keats, January 5, 1818
    28. Lines on Seeing a Lock of Milton’s Hair
    29. Sonnet. On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again
    30. To Benjamin Bailey, January 23, 1818
    31. Letter to George and Tom Keats, January 23-24, 1818
    32. [When I have fears that I may cease to be]
    33. Song. [O blush not so! O blush not so]
    34. [Hence Burgundy, Claret, and Port]
    35. [God of the Meridian]
    36. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, February 3, 1818
    37. Fragment [Welcome joy, and welcome sorrow]
    38. Sonnet [Life’s sea hath been five times at its slow ebb]
    39. Sonnet to the Nile
    40. [Spenser, a jealous honorer of thine]
    41. Answer to a Sonnet ...[Blue!–’Tis the life of heaven,–the domain]
    42. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, February 19, 1818
    43. [O thou whose face hath felt the Winter’s wind]
    44. Letter to John Taylor, February 27, 1818
    45. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, March 13, 1818
    46. The Human Seasons [Four seasons fill the measure of the year]
    47. [Where be ye going, you Devon maid]
    48. [Dear Reynolds, as last night I lay in bed]
    49. Letter to B. R. Haydon, April 8, 1818
    50. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, April 9, 1818
    51. To J. R.
    52. Letter to John Taylor, April 24, 1818

    Endymion (1818)

    Between Endymion (1818) and Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820)

    1. [Mother of Hermes! And still youful Maia!]
    2. To Homer
    3. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, Mary 3, 1818
    4. Unsigned Review (by Reynolds?) of Endymion
    5. From Unsigned Review, British Critic
    6. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, June 10, 1818
    7. Letter to Tom Keats, June 25-27, 1818
    8. [Give me your patience, sister, while I frame]
    9. On Visiting the Tomb of Burns
    10. Meg Merrilies. A Ballad, written for the amusement of his young sister [Old Meg she was a gipsey]
    11. Letter to Tom Keats, July 3, 5, 7, 9 1818
    12. Sonnet to Ailsa Rock
    13. Sonnet [This mortal body of a thousand days]
    14. The Gadfly [All gentle folks who owe a grudge]
    15. [Of late two dainties were before me placed]
    16. Lines Written in the Scotch Highlands [There is a charm in footing slow across a silent plain]
    17. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, July 18, 22, 1818
    18. [Not Aladdin magian]
    19. Sonnet, Written on the Summit of Ben Nevis [Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud]
    20. Stanzas on Some Skulls in Beauley Abbey, Inverness
    21. “Z”: Review of Endymion
    22. Unsigned review (John Wilson Croker) in Quarterly Review of Endymion
    23. [Nature withheld Cassandra in the skies]
    24. Letter to C. W. Dilke, September 20-21, 1818
    25. Modern Love [And what is love? It is a doll dress’d up]
    26. “J. S.”: Letter responding to The Quarterly Review‘s attack on Keats
    27. From Unsigned Review (by Reynolds) of Endymion
    28. Letter to J. A. Hessey, October 8, 1818
    29. Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, October 14, 16, 21, 24, 31, 1818
    30. Letter to Richard Woodhouse, October 27, 1818
    31. Fragment [Where’s the Poet? Show him! Show him!]
    32. Song [I had a dove and the sweet dove died]
    33. Song [Hush, hush, tread softly! Hush, hush, my dear]
    34. From Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, December 16-18, 22, ?29, 31, January 2-4, 1819
    35. The Eve of Saint Mark
    36. From Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, February 14, 19, March 3?, 12, 13, 17, 19, April 30, May 3, 1819
    37. Letter to B. R. Haydon, March 8, 1819
    38. [Why did I laugh to-night? No voice will tell]
    39. Ode on Indolence
    40. A Dream, After Reading Dante’s Episode of Paulo and Francesca
    41. [Bright star! would I were steadfast as though art!]
    42. La Belle Dame Sans Merci
    43. Song of the Four Fairies
    44. Sonnet.–To Sleep
    45. On Fame [Fame, like a wayward girl, will still be coy]
    46. On Fame [How fever’d is the main, who cannot look]
    47. [If by dull rhymes our English must be chain’d]
    48. Letter to Mary-Ann Jeffrey, June 9, 1819
    49. Letter to Fanny Brawne, July 1, 1819
    50. Letter to Fanny Brawne, July 8, 1819
    51. Letter to Fanny Brawne, July 15?, 1819
    52. Letter to Fanny Brawne, July 25, 1819
    53. Letter to Benjamin Bailey, August 14, 1819
    54. Richard Woodhouse: From letter to John Taylor, September 19-20, 1819
    55. [Pensive they sit, and roll their languid eyes]
    56. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, September 21, 1819
    57. From Letter to George and Georgiana Keats, September 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25, 27, 1819
    58. Letter to Fanny Brawne, October 13, 1819
    59. Letter to John Taylor, November 17, 1819
    60. Sonnet [The day is gone, and all its sweets are gone]
    61. TO----------. [What can I do to drive away]
    62. To Fanny
    63. [This living hand, now warm and capable]
    64. The Cap and Bells; or, The Jealousies, A Faery Tale. Unfinished. [The Jealousies: A Faery Tale, by Lucy Vaughan Lloyd of China Walk, Lambeth]
    65. [In after time, a sage of mickle lore]
    66. Letter to Fanny Brawne, February ?, 1820
    67. Letter to Fanny Brawne, February 27 (?), 1820
    68. Letter to J. H. Reynolds, February 28, 1820
    69. Letter to Fanny Brawne, March ?, 1820
    70. Letter to Fanny Brawne, May ?, 1820
    71. Letter to Fanny Brawne, June ?, 1820

    Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems (1820)

    Last Writings

    1. Fall of Hyperion: A Dream
    2. Letter to Fanny Brawne, July 5?, 1820
    3. Unsigned review of Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems, in The New Times
    4. Percey Bysshe Shelley: Letter to Keats, July 27, 1820
    5. Letter to Fanny Brawne, August ? 1820
    6. From Leigh Hunt, Review of Lamia, Isabella, the Eve. Of St. Agnes and Other Poems
    7. Letter to Leigh Hunt, August 13 (?), 1820
    8. Leigh Hunt: Letter to Keats, August 13, 1820
    9. Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley, August 16, 1820
    10. From Unsigned Review of Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems
    11. Leigh Hunt: Farewell to Keats
    12. Letter to Charles Brown, September 30, 1820
    13. Letter to Mrs. Brawne, October 24, 1820
    14. Letter to Charles Brown, November 1, 2, 1820
    15. Letter to Charles Brown, November 30, 1820


    1. Paul de Man * From “The Negative Path”
    2. Marjorie Levinson * from Keats’s Life of Allegory: The Origins of Style
    3. Grant F. Scott: * “Keats in His Letters”
    4. Margaret Homans * from Keats Reading Women, Women Reading Keats
    5. Nicholas Roe * from ‘Lisping Sedition: Poems,Endymion, and the Poetics of Dissent”
    6. Stuart Sperry * The Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds
    7. Neil Fraistat * from “Lamia Progressing: Keats’s 1820 Volume”
    8. Jack Stillinger * from “The Hoodwinking of Madeline: Skepticism in The Eve of St. Agnes
    9. Jeffrey N. Cox * from “Cockney Classicism: History with Footnotes”
    10. James Chandler * from “An ‘1819 Temper’: Keats and the History of Psyche”
    11. Alan Bewell * from Romanticism and Colonial Disease
    12. Andrew Bennett: from”The ‘Hyperion’ Poems”

    John Keats: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography