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271-96. With this picture of Shelley himself, comp. Alastor, passim ; see also Hymen to Intellectual Beauty.
276. Actaon-like. See Ovid's Metam. iii. 138 et seq.
195. 291. Comp. the Bacchic @upoos. See Eur. Bacch. 80, ed. Dind. :
“ανα θυρσον τε τινάσσων κισσῷ τε στεφανωθεις
297. Comp. As you like it, II. i. 50, also Cowper's Task, The Garden, 108.
298. [What is meant by partial here?]
306. His enemies pronounced him a very Cain; those who knew him better held far other views.
307. This stanza means Leigh Hunt.
308. As was Priam's: see II. xxiv 163.
310. Comp. Milton's Epit. on the admirable dramatick Poet William Shakspeare,
313. Leigh Hunt was Keats' earliest and chief poetical friend and adviser.
315. Shelley explains in his Preface why the true generous Severn is not introduced here. He did not know "the circumstances of the closing scene" till too late to celebrate Severn's conduct.
196. 321. Comp. extract from Byron to l. 267. See Preface to Endymion.
325. [Explain this line.]
See Shelley's Preface, on the critics of his day There too he singles out the special miscreant: "Miserable man! you, one of the meanest, have wantonly defaced one of the noblest specimens of the workmanship of God. Nor shall it be your excuse that, murderer as you are, you have spoken daggers but used none."
343. Comp. Eur. Hippol. 190-8, Polyeid. Frag. 8:
“ τίς οἶδεν εἰ τὸ ζῆν μέν ἐστι κατθανεῖν,
(comp. Arist. Ran. 1022, and 1404.) See also Milton's Sonnet on the Religious Memory of Mrs Catharine Thomson.
197. 356. He can never become worldly, and mean, and heartless.
[What is meant by slow here ?]
358. in vain, i. e. without true wisdom and nobleness, not so as to be "a crown of glory." (Prov. xvi. 31.)
360. i.e. he cannot now outlive all noble impulses and enthusiasms.
362. See above, l. 120.
367. The reading morning of some editions is wrong.
370. See In Mem. xlvi.
373. Comp. Wordsworth's Ode on Intimations, &c. 120.
381. See Spenser's Hymn to Beauty, especially stanza 7, et seq.
"The duller earth it quickneth with delight,
Through all the parts that to the lookers sight
Chaucer's Knight's Tale, 2156.
383. successions is here used in a concrete sense.
385. as, 1. e. according as.
190. 395. there, i. e. in the region above the earth (1. 193) attained by the lofty-minded. 399. Chatterton. Coleridge also (see his Monody on the Death of Chatterton), and Wordsworth (see his Resolution and Independence), seem to have been deeply impressed by
Keats dedicates his Endymion to his memory.
Chatterton's genius and fate. Whatever the absolute merits of his writings, they are simply astonishing productions for a youth of sixteen. He was not eighteen when he ended his unhappy life (Born Nov. 20, 1752; Died Aug. 25, 1770).
401. Sidney. Born 1554, Died 1586. See Spenser's Astrophel, and also his Ruines of
404. Lucan. Born 39, Died 65. He was scarcely "by his death approved."
was no escape for him; and after his infamous unfaithfulness to his fellow conspirators he deserved none. His I harsalia, though farther advanced towards completion than Hyperion, is unfinished.
410. See Isaiah xiv. 9-10.
dark. So often the Lat. cæcus, Gr. Túpλos.
414. These individual empires are scarcely consistent with the absorption spoken of
417-20. This seems to mean: Traverse the universe in fancy; see how vast it is, what a mere atom of it is this world of ours.
422, 23. I cannot explain these two lines.
199. 424. See Childe Harold, IV. lxxviii-clxxiv.
442. See Shelley's Preface: Keats was buried in the romantic and lonely cemetery of the Protestants in that city, under the pyramid which is the tomb of Cestius, and the massy wails and towers, now mouldering and desolate, which formed the circuit of ancient Rome. The cemetery is an open space among the ruins, covered in winter with violets and daisies. It might make one in love with death to think that one should be buried in so sweet a place."
444. The Pyramid of Caius Cestius. See Murray's Rome.
447. Like flame, etc. i. e. in shape.
450. The cemeterv had only lately been made.
453. If any wound is healed, or healing, do not renew it.
459. Shelley was to become it--" What Adonais is"--in a few months.
200. 462. Life is like some gaudy crystal canopy, through which the true colour of the skies above cannot be seen.
46. Rome's azure sky, &c. Nothing material can adequately express eternal beauty. The finest works of all the arts, and the exquisitest scenes of nature are but feeble representations of it.
"Out of the day and night
474. There is terrible peril in mutual love, for the loved one may be lost; also in love which wins no response there is dire distress and pain.
480. Comp. Wordsworth's Ode on Intimations, &c. passim.
484 as each are, &c. He means: as they are, each one, &c."
485. the fi e for which all thirst = the celestial fire, the light of eternity.
40. i. e. those who shrink from quitting the earth, from soaring up in thought at least into the empyrean.
495. The sign was soon answered.
A, 233, 284, 315, 371.
Adjectives used proleptically,
All amort, 408.
Amain, 263, 335, 409.
Anow enow, 263.
Bonnet, 263, 363.
Boon, 397, 402.
Bower, 208, 240, 387.