His passion cruel grown took on a hueBetween this time and the spring of 1820 he seems to have worked assiduously. Of course, worldly success was of more importance than ever. He began ‘Hyperion,’ but had given it up in September, 1819, because, as he said, ‘there were too many Miltonic inversions in it.’ He wrote ‘Lamia’ after an attentive study of Dryden's versification. This period also produced the ‘Eve of St. Agnes,’ ‘Isabella,’ and the odes to the ‘Nightingale’ and to the ‘Grecian Urn.’ He studied Italian, read Ariosto, and wrote part of a humorous poem, ‘The Cap and Bells.’ He tried his hand at tragedy, and Lord Houghton has
Fierce and sanguineous.
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