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Lamb. This tender and original little piece seems clearly to reveal the work of that noble-minded and afflicted sister, who was at once the lappiness, the misery, and the life-long blessing of her equally
noble-minded brother. 278 289 This poem has an exultation and a glory, joined with
an exquisiteness of expression, which place it in the highest rank among the many masterpieces of its
illustrious Author. 289 300 interlunar xwoon : interval of the moon's invisi.
bility. 294 304 Culpe : Gilbraltar. Lofoten : the Maelstrom whirl
pool off the N. W. coast of Norway. 295 305 This lovely poem refers here and there to a ballad by
Hamilton on the subject better treated in 163 and
104. 307 315 Arcturi: seemingly used for northern stars. Anl
wild roses, de. Our language has perhaps no line
modulated with more subtle sweetness. 308 316 Coleridge describes this poem as the fragment of a
dream-vision,-- perhaps, an opium-dream?-which composed itself in his mind when fallen asleep after reading a few lines about the Khan Kubla' in
Purchas' Pilgrimage. 312 318 Ceres' duughter : Proserpine. God of Torment:
Pluto. 320 321 The leading idea of this beautiful description of a
day's landscape in Italy appears to be-On the voyage of life are many moments of pleasure, given by the sight of Nature, who has power to heal even the
worldliness and the uncharity of man. 321 1. 23 Amphitrite was daughter to Ocean. 325 322 l. 21 Maenad: a frenzied Nymph, attendant on
Dionysos in the Greek mythology. May we not call this the most vivid, sustained, and impassioned amongst all Shelley's magical personifications of
Nature ? 326 1. 5 Plants under water sympathize with the seasons
of the land, and hence with the winds which affect
them. 327 323 Written soon after the death, by shipwreck, of
Wordsworth's brother John. This poem may be profitably compared with Shelley's following it. Each is the most complete expression of the innermost spirit of his art given by these great Poets :-of that Idea which, as in the case of the true Painter, (to quote the words of Reynolds,) 'subsists only in the mind : The sight never beheld it, nor has the hand expressed it: it is an idea residing in the breast of the artist, which he is always labouring to impart, PAGE NO. 331 328 st. 4 this folk : its has been here plausibly but, per.
and which he dies at last without imparting.' 328 the Kind: the human race. 831 327 the Royal Suint: Henry VI.
haps, unnecessarily, conjectured. -Every one knows the general story of the Italian Renaissance, of the Revival of Letters -- From Petrarch's day to our own, that ancient world has renewed its youth: Poets and artists, students and thinkers, have yielded themselves wholly to its fascination, and deeply penetrated its spirit. Yet perhaps no one more truly has vivified, whilst idealising, the picture of Greek country life in the fancied Golden Age, than Keats in these lovely (if somewhat unequally executed) stanzas :-his quick imagination, by a kind of 'natural magic,' more than supplying the scholarship which his youth had no opportunity of gaining.
105 134 These stanzas are by Richard Verstegan (-c. 1635)
a poet and antiquarian, published in his rare Odes (1601), under the title Our Blessed Ladies Lullaby, and reprinted by Mr. Orby Shipley in his beautiful Carmina Mariana (1893). The four stanzas here given form the opening of a hymn of twenty-four.
INDEX OF WRITERS
WITH DATES OF BIRTH AND DEATH
ALEXANDER, William (1580-1640).
BARBAULD, Anna Lætitia (1743-1825).
On the Tombs in Westminster Abbey
To the Muses
Lament for Culloden
All for Love
BYRON, G. G. N. (continue).
Elegy on Thyrza
Lord Ullin's Daughter .
The River of Life
The True Beauty
Sally in our Alley
The Blind Boy
She is not fair to outward view
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772–1834).
Youth and Age
Ode to Simplicity