Here is the first reliable edition of Keats's complete poems designed expressly for general readers and students.
Upon its publication in 1978, Stillinger's The Poems of John Keats won exceptionally high praise: "The definitive Keats," proclaimed The New Republic--"An authoritative edition embodying the readings the poet himself most probably intended, prepared by the leading scholar in Keats textual studies."
Now this scholarship is at last available in a graceful, clear format designed to introduce students and general readers to the "real" Keats. In place of the textual apparatus that was essential to scholars, Stillinger here provides helpful explanatory notes. These notes give dates of composition, identify quotations and allusions, gloss names and words not included in the ordinary desk dictionary, and refer the reader to the best critical interpretations of the poems. The new introduction provides central facts about Keats's life and career, describes the themes of his best work, and speculates on the causes of his greatness.
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Stay ruby breasted warbler stay
To Some Ladies
a mans fair form then might my sighs
Iam as brisk
How many bards gild the lapses of time
stood tiptoe upon a little hill
Unfelt unheard unseen
In drear nighted December
If by dull rhymes our English must be chaind
Ode on Indolence
Pensive they sit and roll their languid eyes
The day is gone and all its sweets are gone
This living hand now warm and capable 354
In after time a sage of mickle lore
Four seasons fill the measure of the year 776
Mother of Hermes and still youthful Maia 799
Old Meg she was a gipsey
On Some Skulls in Beauley Abbey near Inverness 275
Ah woe is me poor Silverwing
I laugh tonight? No voice will tell