Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Character of C. B.

  • He is to weet a melancholy carle,
  • Thin in the waist, with bushy head of hair,
  • As hath the seeded thistle, when in parle
  • It holds the zephyr, ere it sendeth fair
  • Its light balloons into the summer air;
  • Thereto his beard had not begun to bloom,
  • No brush had touch’d his chin or razor sheer;
  • No care had touch’d his cheek with mortal doom,
  • But new he was and bright as scarf from Persian loom.
  • Ne cared he for wine, or half-and-half,
  • Ne cared he for fish, or flesh, or fowl,
  • And sauces held he worthless as the chaff;
  • He ’sdeign’d the swine-herd at the wassail-bowl;
  • Ne with lewd ribbalds sat he cheek by jowl,
  • Ne with sly lemans in the scorner’s chair;
  • But after water-brooks this pilgrim’s soul
  • Panted, and all his food was woodland air,
  • Though he would oft-times feed on gilliflowers rare.
  • The slang of cities in no wise he knew,
  • Tipping the wink to him was heathen Greek;
  • He sipp’d no olden Tom, or ruin blue,
  • Or nantz, or cherry-brandy, drank full meek
  • By many a damsel hoarse and rouge of cheek;
  • Nor did he know each aged watchman’s beat,
  • Nor in obscured purlieus would he seek
  • For curled Jewesses with ancles neat,
  • Who as they walk abroad make tinkling with their feet.

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MLA Style: Works Cited

Keats, John. “Character of C. B..” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, by G. Kim Blank. Edition 3.3 , University of Victoria, 5 September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_character_of_cb.html.

Chicago Style: Note

John Keats, “Character of C. B.,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_character_of_cb.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Character of C. B..” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_character_of_cb.html.