Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud

  • Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud
  • Upon the top of Nevis, blind in mist!
  • I look into the chasms, and a shroud
  • Vaporous doth hide them; just so much I wist
  • Mankind do know of hell: I look o’erhead,
  • And there is sullen mist; even so much
  • Mankind can tell of heaven: mist is spread
  • Before the earth, beneath me; even such,
  • Even so vague is man’s sight of himself.
  • Here are the craggy stones beneath my feet;
  • Thus much I know that, a poor witless elf,
  • I tread on them; that all my eye doth meet
  • Is mist and crag — not only on this height,
  • But in the world of thought and mental might.

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Keats, John. “Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud.” 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_read_me_a_lesson_muse_and.html.

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John Keats, “Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_read_me_a_lesson_muse_and.html.

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Keats, John. “Read me a lesson, Muse, and speak it loud.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_read_me_a_lesson_muse_and.html.