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Explain the grammar of "That not one fleecy lamb ..." in Keats' "Endymion"

The main verb here is "pass'd", and what you're missing is the now rather archaic (and in this case divided by an intervening phrase) usage of the phrase "not one but". I can't ...
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Explain the grammar of "That not one fleecy lamb ..." in Keats' "Endymion"

The difficult word here is “but”, which Keats uses in the following sense. (All definitions in this answer come from the Oxford English Dictionary.) but, conj., 10.e.(b) With the pronominal subject ...
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Why is the 1820 Indicator version of La Belle Dame Sans Merci seen as more "politically correct"?

Fry relies on McGann, so in this answer I’m going to summarize McGann’s argument. McGann starts with the observation that a commonly accepted editorial principle is that the editor should try to ...
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Meaning of the noun 'sweet' in Keats' "Endymion"

Keats is fond of rare and archaic senses of words, but I think that all the senses here are guessable, if you think carefully about what the word needs to mean for the line to make sense in its ...
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Has "To Autumn" ever ended the first stanza with something other than a period?

‘To Autumn’ was first published in Lamia, Isabella, the Eve of St Agnes and Other Poems (London: Taylor and Hessey, 1820) where it starts on page 137 and you can see for yourself that the first stanza ...
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Meaning of "shade to shade" in Keats' "Ode on Melancholy"

This is a notoriously difficult pair of lines whose meaning depends on how you interpret the argument of the whole poem. I’ll give two interpretations: the standard one first, and then an alternative ...
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Why is wolf's bane "tight-rooted" in Keats' "Ode on Melancholy"?

The root-structure of Wolfbane has a networks of thin roots that make their way through the soil, but also a fat, tuberous part, which is the bit that is still sold for 'herbal medicines' today. ...
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