Faery Lands Forlorn

  • Christine Gallant


The only vestige of Celtic Druidism by the early nineteenth century, aside from the historical ruins and megaliths then believed to be Druidical in origin, was the old regional folklore of magic and the faerie. Druidism does not figure again in Keats’s poetry until The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream but this traditional folklore certainly does, in his great faerie poems of 1819: “The Eve of St. Agnes,” “La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad,” “Ode to a Nightingale,” and Lamia. Several of his epistolary works of this period also involve the faerie, and throw a revealing complementary light upon these major works as does his very last poem, Cap and Bells; Or, The Jealousies: A Faery Tale. In all of them, we can see what attracted Keats so much to the faerie and its lore. This fascination ran deeper for him than merely being a part of his ideological commitment to Celticism.


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