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ENDYMION; THE VOLUME OF 1820;
AND OTHER POEMS
W. T. YOUNG, M.A.
LECTURER IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AT
at the University Press.
Lieutenant WILLIAM THOMAS YOUNG, of the Royal Garrison Artillery, was born on July 23, 1881; graduated M.A. in the University of Liverpool in 1904, becoming honorary research fellow and then assistant-lecturer in English literature; was appointed lecturer in English language and literature at the Goldsmiths' College, University of London, Sept. 1906; entered the army on November 28, 1915; and was killed in France by a shell on July 12, 1917. He had prepared the present edition, but did not live to pass any of it for the press. This work, and the verifying of facts and references, has been undertaken by Professor Oliver Elton. Aid has also been kindly given by Miss Grace Trenery, M.A. Thanks are due to Sir Sidney Colvin for information concerning the text of La Belle Dame sans Merci. The rectifications
needed have been trifling, and the editor's critical views and estimates have been left untouched.
Lieut. Young also published the following works with
the Cambridge University Press:
HE purpose of this edition is to give in full the
Endymion volume of 1818 and the Lamia volume of 1820, together with other poems which are acknowledged to be the poet's masterpieces. The introduction provides an outline of the poet's life, a survey of the formative influences of his friendships and books, a study of his character, based on his letters, and some suggestions as to the nature of his genius. The notes are intended to elucidate occasional difficulties, to give brief explanations, for those who need them, of the frequent mythological references, and especially to call the student's notice to salient matters of thought, imagination, expression and technique. Finally the commentary, which is deliberately deferred to the end of the volume, is an attempt the student would do well to avoid it until after reading the poems-to co-ordinate the impressions produced by the poems, and to obtain a clear and full view of the poet's art and message. In the writer's view the young student-for whom this book is intended--is prone to do Keats less than justice, especially on the side of his intellectual development, and is liable in consequence to lose all the interest arising 223809