Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Had I a man’s fair form, then might my sighs

  • Had I a man’s fair form, then might my sighs
  • Be echoed swiftly through that ivory shell
  • Thine ear, and find thy gentle heart; so well
  • Would passion arm me for the enterprize:
  • But ah! I am no knight whose foeman dies;
  • No cuirass glistens on my bosom’s swell;
  • I am no happy shepherd of the dell
  • Whose lips have trembled with a maiden’s eyes.
  • Yet must I dote upon thee, — call thee sweet,
  • Sweeter by far than Hybla’s honied roses
  • When steep’d in dew rich to intoxication.
  • Ah! I will taste that dew, for me ’tis meet,
  • And when the moon her pallid face discloses,
  • I’ll gather some by spells, and incantation.

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MLA Style: Works Cited

Keats, John. “Had I a man’s fair form, then might my sighs.” 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_had_i_a_mans_fair_form.html.

Chicago Style: Note

John Keats, “Had I a man’s fair form, then might my sighs,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_had_i_a_mans_fair_form.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “Had I a man’s fair form, then might my sighs.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_had_i_a_mans_fair_form.html.