‘Due Bounds’ and ‘Due Precision’: Don Juan (i)
With the first ray or rather grey of morn,
Gulbeyaz rose from restlessness, and pale
As Passion rises with its bosom worn,
Arrayed herself with mantle, gem, and veil.
The nightingale that sings with the deep thorn,
Which fable places in her breast of wail,
Is lighter far of heart and voice than those
Whose headlong passions form their proper woes.
KeywordsHuman Feeling Paradise Lost True Feeling Passionate Love Sexual Admiration
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- 1.George M. Ridenour, The Style of ‘Don Juan’ (New Haven, Conn., 1960) p. 76.Google Scholar
- 2.See John Jones, John Keats’s Dream of Truth (1969) pp. 270–95.Google Scholar
- 4.I derive these and other variants from the Penguin edition of Don Juan, ed. T. G. and E. Steffan and W. W. Pratt (Harmondsworth, 1973, rev. 1977).Google Scholar
- 5.See Christopher Ricks, Milton’s Grand Style (Oxford, 1963) pp.69–72.Google Scholar
- 7.W. W. Robson talks rather in these terms in ‘Byron and Sincerity’, in English Romantic Poets, ed. M. H. Abrams (London, Oxford, New York, 1975) pp. 275–302; his essay remains none the less one of the most stimulating discussions of Byron.Google Scholar