chapter  2
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Fall of Hyperion

WithWalter Jackson Bate

The "intensity" upon which Keats had continually placed the greatest emphasis was largely the force which determined the direction and nature of his poetical development. The "Miltonic inversions" with which, Keats thought, even his revised Fall of Hyperion was disfigured, Letters are drastically excised. Many of the disciplinary measures, moreover, upon which Keats had increasingly drawn, beginning with Isabella, are likewise absent from the relaxed blank verse of this revision. But Keats was now less zealous in his attempt to attain severity of structural outline. Cary's average is a good mean for English blank verse in general. Among other similarities, Cary's loose blank verse had been characterized by an abnormal abundance of hiatus; figured from the first two Cantos of the Purgatory. But other, less usual, similarities are close enough to justify the assumption that Cary's use of run-on lines was probably combined with the impression of additional and more definite characteristics of his lax and often quiet blank verse.