Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology

Mapping Keats’s Progress
A Critical Chronology

There was a naughty boy

  • There was a naughty boy
  • A naughty boy was he
  • He would not stop at home
  • He could not quiet be —
  • He took
  • In his knapsack
  • A book
  • Full of vowels
  • And a shirt
  • With some towels —
  • A slight cap
  • For night cap —
  • A hair brush,
  • Comb ditto,
  • New stockings
  • For old ones
  • Would split O!
  • This knapsack
  • Tight at’s back
  • He rivetted close
  • And followed his nose
  • To the north
  • To the north
  • And follow’d his nose
  • To the north—
  • There was a naughty boy
  • And a naughty boy was he,
  • For nothing would he do
  • But scribble poetry —
  • He took
  • An ink stand
  • In his hand
  • And a pen
  • Big as ten
  • In the other
  • And away
  • In a pother
  • He ran
  • To the mountains
  • And fountains
  • And ghostes
  • And postes
  • And witches
  • And ditches
  • And wrote
  • In his coat
  • When the weather
  • Was cool
  • Fear of gout
  • And without
  • When the weather
  • Was warm —
  • Och the charm
  • When we choose
  • To follow one’s nose
  • To the north
  • To the north
  • To follow one’s nose to the north!
  • There was a naughty boy
  • And a naughty boy was he,
  • He kept little fishes
  • In washing tubs three
  • In spite
  • Of the might
  • Of the maid
  • Nor afraid
  • Of his granny-good —
  • He often would
  • Hurly burly
  • Get up early
  • And go
  • By hook or crook
  • To the brook
  • And bring home
  • Miller’s thumb,
  • Tittlebat
  • Not over fat
  • Minnows small
  • As the stall
  • Of a glove
  • Not above
  • The size
  • Of a nice
  • Little baby’s
  • Little finger —
  • O he made
  • ’Twas his trade
  • Of fish a pretty kettle
  • A kettle — a kettle
  • Of fish a pretty kettle
  • A kettle!
  • There was a naughty boy,
  • And a naughty boy was he,
  • He ran away to Scotland
  • The people for to see —
  • There he found
  • That the ground
  • Was as hard
  • That a yard
  • Was as long,
  • That a song
  • Was as merry,
  • That a cherry
  • Was as red —
  • That lead
  • Was as weighty
  • That fourscore
  • Was as eighty
  • That a door
  • Was as wooden
  • As in England —
  • So he stood in
  • His shoes
  • And he wonder’d,
  • He wonder’d,
  • He stood in his
  • Shoes and he wonder’d —

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MLA Style: Works Cited

Keats, John. “There was a naughty boy.” 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_there_was_a_naughty_boy.html.

Chicago Style: Note

John Keats, “There was a naughty boy,” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_there_was_a_naughty_boy.html.

Chicago Style: Bibliography

Keats, John. “There was a naughty boy.” Mapping Keats’s Progress: A Critical Chronology, Edition 3.3 , last modified 5th September 2020. https://johnkeats.uvic.ca/poem_there_was_a_naughty_boy.html.