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Summary

The Longman Anthology of British Literaturewas the first collection to pay sustained attention to the contexts within which literature was produced. Canonical authors are presented alongside newly visible authors. New to this edition, informative fact sheets open each volume providing an easily digestible glimpse of life during each period. The up-to-date introductions and notes are written by an editorial team whose members are all actively engaged in teaching and in current scholarship.

Author Biography

David Damrosch is Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature, 2/e (2009) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009). 

 

 Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair, Department of English, at Pomona College, and Past President of the Modernist Studies Association.  He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism and Is Rock Dead?, and the editor of Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism; Marketing Modernisms: Self-Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading; Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics; the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; and The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, and co-general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature.  

 

Christopher Baswell is A. W. Olin Chair of English at Barnard College, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  His interests include classical literature and culture, medieval literature and culture, and contemporary poetry.  He is author of Virgil in Medieval England: Figuring the "Aeneid" from the Twelfth Century to Chaucer, which won the 1998 Beatrice White Prize of the English Association.  He has held fellowships from the NEH, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

 

Clare Carroll is Director of Renaissance Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and at The Graduate Center, CUNY.  Her research is in Renaissance Studies, with particular interests in early modern colonialism, epic poetry, historiography, and translation. She is the author of The Orlando Furioso: A Stoic Comedy, and editor of Richard Beacon's humanist dialogue on the colonization of Ireland, Solon His Follie. Her most recent book is Circe's Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Ireland. She has received Fulbright Fellowships for her research and the Queens College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

 

Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at The University of Sussex. He is the author of a number of books, including Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), which was awarded the 2006 Sixteenth-Century Society Conference Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature; Literature, Travel and Colonialism in the English Renaissance, 1540-1625 (1998); and Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruyt and Salvage Soyl (1997). He has also edited a number, most recently, with Matthew Dimmock, Religions of the Book: Co-existence and Conflict, 1400-1660 (2008), and with Raymond Gillespie, The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (2006). He is a regular reviewer for the TLS.

 

Heather Henderson is a freelance writer and former Associate Professor of English Literature at Mount Holyoke College.  A specialist in Victorian literature, she is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  She is the author of The Victorian Self: Autobiography and Biblical Narrative.  Her current interests include home-schooling, travel literature, and autobiography. 

 

Peter J. Manning is Professor at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Byron and His Fictions and Reading Romantics, and of numerous essays on the British Romantic poets and prose writers. With Susan J. Wolfson, he has co-edited Selected Poems of Byron, and Selected Poems of Beddoes, Hood, and Praed. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Keats-Shelley Association.

 

Anne Howland Schotter is Professor and Chair of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Wagner College.  She is the co-editor of Ineffability: Naming the Unnamable from Dante to Beckett and author of articles on Middle English poetry, Dante, and Medieval Latin poetry.  Her current interests include the medieval reception of classical literature, particularly the work of Ovid.  She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson and Andrew W. Mellon foundations.

 

William Sharpe is Professor of English Literature at Barnard College.  A specialist in Victorian poetry and the literature of the city, he is the author of Unreal Cities: Urban Figuration in Wordsworth, Baudelaire, Whitman, Eliot, and Williams.  He is also co-editor of The Passing of Arthur and Visions of the Modern City.  He is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Humanities, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and recently published New York Nocturne: The City After Dark in Literature, Painting, and Photography.

 

Stuart Sherman is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. He received the Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for his book Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1775, and is currently at work on a study called “News and Plays: Evanescences of Page and Stage, 1620-1779.” He has received the Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Teaching, as well as fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chicago Humanities Institute, and Princeton University.

 

Susan J. Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University and is general editor of Longman Cultural Editions. A specialist in Romanticism, her critical studies include The Questioning Presence:  Wordsworth, Keats, and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry, Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism, and Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism. She has also produced editions of Felicia Hemans, Lord Byron, Thomas L. Beddoes, William M. Praed, Thomas Hood, as well as the Longman Cultural Edition of Shelley’s Frankenstein. She received Distinguished Scholar Award from Keats-Shelley Association, and grants and fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  She is President (2009-2010) of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

 

Table of Contents

Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2A, The: The Romantics and Their Contemporaries, Fifth Edition

 

The Romantics and Their Contemporaries

Illustration: Thomas Girtin, Tintern Abbey

 

THE ROMANTIC PERIOD AT A GLANCE

 

INTRODUCTION

LITERATURE AND THE AGE: “NOUGHT WAS LASTING”

 

ROMANCE, ROMANTICISM, AND THE POWERS OF THE IMAGINATION

 

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND ITS REVERBERATIONS

Illustration: Thomas Rowlandson, after a drawing by Lord George Murray,

The Contrast

 

THE MONARCHY

Illustration: Thomas Lawrence, Coronation Portrait of the Prince Regent

(later, George IV)

 

INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND AND “NEVER-RESTING LABOUR”

 

CONSUMERS AND COMMODITIES

Color Plate 1: John Martin, The Bard

Color Plate 2: Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Mary Robinson

Color Plate 3: Thomas Phillips, Lord Byron

Color Plate 4: Anonymous, Portrait of Olaudah Equiano

Color Plate 5: J. M. W. Turner, Slavers Throwing the Dead and Dying

Overboard, Typhoon Coming On

Color Plate 6: William Blake, The Little Black Boy (second plate only)

Color Plate 7: William Blake, The Little Black Boy (another version of #6)

Color Plate 8: William Blake, The Tyger

Color Plate 9: William Blake, The Sick Rose

Color Plate 10: Joseph Wright, An Iron Forge Viewed from Without

 

AUTHORSHIP, AUTHORITY, AND “ROMANTICISM”

 

POPULAR PROSE

Illustration: George Cruikshank, The Press

 

PERSPECTIVES

 

The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque

Illustration: Thomas Rowlandson, Dr. Syntax Sketching by the Lake

Illustration: Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Passage of the St. Gothard,

1804

EDMUND BURKE

from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

and Beautiful

Illustration: Benjamin Robert Haydon, Study after the Elgin

Marbles

IMMANUEL KANT

from The Critique of Judgement

WILLIAM GILPIN

Illustration: Edward Dayes, Tintern Abbey from across the

Wye, 1794

from Three Essays on Picturesque Beauty, on Picturesque Travel,

and on Sketching Landscape

Illustration: From William Gilpin’s Three Essays, 1792

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

from A Vindication of the Rights of Men

JANE AUSTEN

from Pride and Prejudice

from Northanger Abbey

MARIA JANE JEWSBURY

A Rural Excursion

JOHN RUSKIN

from Modern Painters 

 

ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD

The Mouse’s Petition to Dr. Priestley

On a Lady’s Writing

Inscription for an Ice-House

To a Little Invisible Being Who Is Expected Soon to Become

Visible

To the Poor

Washing-Day

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven

RESPONSE

John Wilson Croker: from A Review of Eighteen Hundred

and Eleven

The First Fire

On the Death of the Princess Charlotte

 

CHARLOTTE SMITH

from ELEGIAC SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS

To the Moon

“Sighing I see yon little troop at play”

Illustration: Charlotte Smith, engraving for Sonnet IV, “To the Moon”

To melancholy. Written on the banks of the Arun October, 1785

Far on the sands

To tranquillity

Written in the church-yard at Middleton in Sussex

On being cautioned against walking on an headland overlooking the sea

The sea view

The Dead Beggar

The Emigrants, Book 1

from Beachy Head

 

PERSPECTIVES

The Rights of Man and the Revolution Controversy

HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS

from Letters Written in France, in the Summer of 1790

EDMUND BURKE

from Reflections on the Revolution in France

Illustration: James Gillray, Smelling out a Rat; –– or The Atheistical

Revolutionist disturbed in his Midnight Calculations

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

from A Vindication of the Rights of Men

Letter to Joseph Johnson, from Paris, December 27, 1792

THOMAS PAINE

from The Rights of Man

HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS

from Letters from France, 1796

WILLIAM GODWIN

from An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General

Virtue and Happiness

THE ANTI-JACOBIN, OR WEEKLY EXAMINER

The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder

The Widow

Illustration: James Gillray, illustration to The Friend of Humanity and the

Knife-Grinder

HANNAH MORE

Village Politics

ARTHUR YOUNG

from Travels in France During the Years 1787—1788, and 1789

from The Example of France, a Warning to Britain

from Jacobinism

from Once a Jacobin Always a Jacobin

             

WILLIAM BLAKE

All Religions Are One

There Is No Natural Religion [a]

There Is No Natural Religion [b]

SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE

Illustration: William Blake, frontispiece for Songs of Innocence

from Songs of Innocence

Introduction

The Shepherd

The Ecchoing Green

The Lamb

Illustration: William Blake, The Lamb

The Little Black Boy

The Blossom

The Chimney Sweeper

Illustration: William Blake, The Little Boy lost

The Little Boy lost

Illustration: William Blake, The Little Boy found

The Little Boy found

The Divine Image

HOLY THURSDAY

Nurses Song

Infant Joy

A Dream

On Anothers Sorrow

COMPANION READING

Charles Lamb: from The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers

from Songs of Experience

Introduction

EARTH’S Answer

The CLOD & the PEBBLE

HOLY THURSDAY

The Little Girl Lost

The Little Girl Found

THE Chimney Sweeper

NURSES Song

The SICK ROSE

Illustration: William Blake, THE Chimney Sweeper

Illustration: William Blake, THE FLY

THE FLY

The Angel

The Tyger

My Pretty ROSE TREE

AH! SUN-FLOWER

The GARDEN of LOVE

LONDON

The Human Abstract

INFANT SORROW

A Little BOY Lost

Illustration: William Blake, A POISON TREE

A Little GIRL Lost

The School-Boy

A DIVINE IMAGE

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Illustration: William Blake, Plate i from Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Illustration: William Blake, Plate 8, from Visions of the Daughters of Albion

LETTERS

To Dr. John Trusler (23 August 1799)

To Thomas Butts (22 November 1802)

 

PERSPECTIVES

The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade

OLAUDAH EQUIANO

from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah

Equiano

MARY PRINCE

from The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave

THOMAS BELLAMY

The Benevolent Planters

JOHN NEWTON

Amazing Grace!

ANN CROMARTIE YEARSLEY

from A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade

WILLIAM COWPER

Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce

The Negro’s Complaint

ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD

Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., On the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing

the Slave Trade

HANNAH MORE AND EAGLESFIELD SMITH

The Sorrows of Yamba

ROBERT SOUTHEY

from Poems Concerning the Slave-Trade

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH

from The Grasmere Journals

THOMAS CLARKSON

from The History of the Rise, Progress, & Accomplishment of the Abolition of

the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament

Illustration: Packing methods on a slave ship

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

To Toussaint L’Ouverture

To Thomas Clarkson

from The Prelude

from Humanity

Letter to Mary Ann Rawson (May 1833)

THE EDINBURGH REVIEW

from Abstract of the Information laid on the Table of the House of Commons, on the Subject of the Slave Trade

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON

from Detached Thoughts

 

MARY ROBINSON

Ode to Beauty

January, 1795

from Sappho and Phaon, in a Series of Legitimate Sonnets

III. The Bower of Pleasure

IV. Sappho discovers her Passion

VII. Invokes Reason

XI. Rejects the Influence of Reason

XII. Previous to her Interview with Phaon

XVIII. To Phaon

XXX. Bids farewell to Lesbos

XXXVII. Foresees her Death

The Camp

The Haunted Beach

London’s Summer Morning

The Old Beggar

 

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

Illustration: Portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

from To M. Talleyrand-Périgord, Late Bishop of Autun

Introduction

from Chapter 1. The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind

Considered

from Chapter 2. The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character

Discussed

from Chapter 3. The Same Subject Continued

from Chapter 5. Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered

Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt

from Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance

of Women Generates; with Concluding Reflections on the Moral

Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally

Be Expected to Produce

RESPONSES

Anna Letitia Barbauld, The Rights of Woman

Ann Yearsley, The Indifferent Shepherdess to Colin

Robert Southey, To Mary Wollstonecraft

William Blake, from Mary

from The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria “Jemima’s Narrative”

 

PERSPECTIVES

The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women

CATHARINE MACAULAY

from Letters on Education

RICHARD POLWHELE

from The Unsex’d Females

PRISCILLA BELL WAKEFIELD

from Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex

MARY ANN RADCLIFFE

from The Female Advocate

HANNAH MORE

from Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education

MARY LAMB

Letter to The British Lady’s Magazine, “On Needlework”

WILLIAM THOMPSON AND ANNA WHEELER

from Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of

the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and

Domestic Slavery

 

JOANNA BAILLIE

Plays on the Passions

from Introductory Discourse

London

A Mother to Her Waking Infant

A Child to His Sick Grandfather

Thunder

Song: Woo’d and Married and A’

 

LITERARY BALLADS

 

RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY

Sir Patrick Spence

 

JAMES MACPHERSON

Carric-Thura: A Poem

 

ROBERT BURNS

To a Mouse

To a Louse

Flow gently, sweet Afton

Ae fond kiss

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (1)

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (2)

Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled

Is there for honest poverty

RESPONSE

Charlotte Smith, To the shade of Burns

A Red, Red Rose

Auld Lang Syne

The Fornicator. A New Song

 

THOMAS MOORE

The harp that once through Tara’s halls

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms

The time I’ve lost in wooing

 

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

LYRICAL BALLADS (1798)

Simon Lee

Anecdote for Fathers

We are seven

Lines written in early spring

The Thorn

Note to The Thorn (1800)

Expostulation and Reply

The Tables Turned

Old Man Travelling

Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey

LYRICAL BALLADS (1800, 1802)

from Preface

[The Principal Object of the Poems. Humble and Rustic Life]

[“The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings”]

[The Language of Poetry]

[What is a Poet?]

[The Function of Metre]

[“Emotion Recollected in Tranquillity”]

“There was a Boy”

“Strange fits of passion have I known”

Song (“She dwelt among th’ untrodden ways”)

 “A slumber did my spirit seal”

Lucy Gray

Poor Susan

Nutting

“Three years she grew in sun and shower”

The Old Cumberland Beggar

Michael

RESPONSES

Francis Jeffrey: [“the new poetry”]

Charles Lamb: from a letter to William Wordsworth

Charles Lamb: from a letter to Thomas Manning

SONNETS, 1802—1807

Prefatory Sonnet (“Nuns fret not at their Convent’s narrow room”)

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802

“The world is too much with us”

“It is a beauteous Evening”

“I griev’d for Buonaparte”

London, 1802

THE PRELUDE, OR GROWTH OF A POET’S MIND

Book First. Introduction, Childhood, and School time

from Book Second. School time continued

[Two Consciousnesses]

[Blessed Infant Babe]

from Book Fourth. Summer Vacation

[A Simile for Autobiography]

[Encounter with a “Dismissed” Soldier]

from Book Fifth. Books

[Meditation on Books. The Dream of the Arab]

[A Drowning in Esthwaite’s Lake]

[“The Mystery of Words”]

from Book Sixth. Cambridge, and the Alps

[The Pleasure of Geometric Science]

[Arrival in France]

[Travelling in the Alps. Simplon Pass]

from Book Seventh. Residence in London

[A Blind Beggar. Bartholomew Fair]

from Book Ninth. Residence in France

[Paris]

[Revolution, Royalists, and Patriots]

from Book Tenth. Residence in France and French Revolution

[The Reign of Terror. Confusion. Return to England]

[Further Events in France]

[The Death of Robespierre and Renewed Optimism]

[Britain Declares War on France. The Rise of Napoleon and

Imperialist France]

from The Prelude 1850 490

[Apostrophe to Edmund Burke]

from Book Eleventh. Imagination, How Impaired and Restored

[Imagination Restored by Nature]

[“Spots of Time.” Two Memories from Childhood and Later

Reflections]

from Book Thirteenth. Conclusion

[Climbing Mount Snowdon. Moonlit Vista. Meditation on “Mind,” “Self,”

“Imagination,” “Fear,” and “Love”]

[Concluding Retrospect and Prophecy]

RESPONSE

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: To a Gentleman

“I travell’d among unknown Men”

Resolution and Independence

RESPONSE

Lewis Carroll: Upon the Lonely Moor

“I wandered lonely as a Cloud”

“My heart leaps up”

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early

Childhood

The Solitary Reaper

Elegiac Stanzas (“Peele Castle”)

RESPONSE

Mary Shelley: On Reading Wordsworth’s Lines on Peele Castle

Excursion

Preface

Book I “The Wanderer”

From Book IV

RESPONSES

William Hazlitt: from the Character of Mr. Wordsworth’s New Poem, The Excursion

Francis Jeffrey: from A Review of William Wordsworth’s Excursion

John Wilson, “But is it Christianity? … Was Margaret a Christian?” from “On Sacred Poetry” Blackwood’s Edinburg Magazine, 1828

from The Wanderer, 1845 Version

“Surprised by Joy”

“Mutability”

“Scorn not the Sonnet”

Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg

 

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH

Grasmere–A Fragment

Address to a Child

Irregular Verses

Floating Island

Lines Intended for My Niece’s Album

Thoughts on My Sick-bed

When Shall I Tread Your Garden Path?

Lines Written (Rather Say Begun) on the Morning of Sunday

April 6th

from The Grasmere Journals

[Home Alone]

[A Leech Gatherer]

[A Woman Beggar]

[An Old Sailor]

[The Grasmere Mailman]

[A Vision of the Moon]

[A Field of Daffodils]

[A Beggar Woman from Cockermouth]

[The Circumstances of “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”]

[The Circumstances of “It is a beauteous Evening”]

[The Household in Winter, with William’s New Wife. Gingerbread]

LETTERS

To Jane Pollard [A Scheme of Happiness]

To Lady Beaumont [A Gloomy Christmas]

To Lady Beaumont [Her Poetry, William’s Poetry]

To Mrs Thomas Clarkson [Household Labors]

To Mrs Thomas Clarkson [A Prospect of Publishing]

To William Johnson [Mountain-Climbing with a Woman]

RESPONSES

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: from A letter to Joseph Cottle

Thomas De Quincey: from Recollections of the Lake

Poets

 

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE

Sonnet to the River Otter

COMPANION READING

William Lisle Bowles: To the River Itchin, Near Winton

The Eolian Harp

This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

Frost at Midnight

from The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798)

Part 1

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1817)

COMPANION READINGS

William Cowper: The Castaway

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: from Table Talk

Christabel

COMPANION READING

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge: The Witch

Kubla Khan

RESPONSE

Mary Robinson: To the Poet Coleridge

The Pains of Sleep

Dejection: An Ode

LETTERS

To William Godwin

To Thomas Poole

On Donne’s Poetry

Work Without Hope

Constancy to an Ideal Object

Epitaph

from The Statesman’s Manual

[Symbol and Allegory]

from The Friend

[My Ghost-Theory]

Biographia Literaria

Chapter 4

[Wordsworth’s Earlier Poetry]

Chapter 11

[The Profession of Literature]

Chapter 13

[Imagination and Fancy]

Chapter 14

[Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads—Preface to the Second Edition—The Ensuing

Controversy]

[Philosophic Definitions of a Poem and Poetry]

Chapter 17

[Examination of the Tenets Peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth. Rustic Life and Poetic Language]

Chapter 22

[Defects of Wordsworth’s Poetry]

from Lectures on Shakespeare

[Mechanic vs. Organic Form]

[The Character of Hamlet]

[Stage Illusion and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief]

[Shakespeare’s Images]

[Othello]

* COLERIDGE’ S “LECTURES” AND THEIR TIME

Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century

Charles Lamb [and Mary Lamb] Preface to Tales from Shakespear

Charles Lamb from On the Tragedies of Shakspeare

William Hazlitt from Lectures on the English Poets  • The Characters

of Shakespeare’s Plays *

 

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON

She walks in beauty

So, we’ll go no more a-roving

Manfred

Illustration: Ford Madox Brown, Manfred on the Jungfrau, 1840

* “MANFRED” AND ITS TIME

The Byronic Hero

Byron’s Earlier Heroes from The Giaour • from The Corsair

from Lara  • Prometheus  • from Childe Harold’s

Pilgrimage, Canto the Third [Napoleon Buonaparte]

Samuel Taylor Coleridge from The Statesman’s Manual [“Satanic Pride

and Rebellious Self-Idolatry”]

Caroline Lamb from Glenarvon

William Hazlitt from Lectures on the English Poets [“On Shakespeare and Milton”]

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from Frankenstein; or The Modern

Prometheus

Felicia Hemans from The Widow of Crescentius

Percy Bysshe Shelley from Preface to Prometheus Unbound  • from

Prometheus Unbound, Act 1

Robert Southey from Preface to A Vision of Judgement

George Gordon, Lord Byron from The Vision of Judgment *

CHILDE HAROLD’S PILGRIMAGE

from Canto the Third

[Waterloo Fields]

[Thunderstorm in the Alps]

[Byron’s Strained Idealism. Apostrophe to His Daughter]

from Canto the Fourth

[Rome. Political Hopes]

[The Coliseum. The Dying Gladiator]

[Apostrophe to the Ocean. Conclusion]

RESPONSES

John Wilson: from a review of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

John Scott: [Lord Byron’s Creations]

DON JUAN

Dedication

Canto 1

from Canto 2 [Shipwreck Juan and Haidée]

from Canto 3 [Juan and Haidée The Poet for Hire]

from Canto 7 [Critique of Military “Glory”]

from Canto 11 [Juan in England]

Stanzas (“When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home”)

On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year

LETTERS

To Thomas Moore [On Childe Harold Canto III] (28 January 1817)

To John Murray [On Don Juan] (6 April 1819)

To John Murray [On Don Juan] (12 August 1819)

To Douglas Kinnaird [On Don Juan] (26 October 1819)

To John Murray [On Don Juan] (16 February 1821)

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY

To Wordsworth

Mont Blanc

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty

Ozymandias

Sonnet: “Lift not the painted veil”

Sonnet: England in 1819

The Mask of Anarchy

RESPONSE

Leigh Hunt: Introduction to The Mask of Anarchy

Ode to the West Wind

To a Sky-Lark

RESPONSE

Thomas Hardy: Shelley’s Skylark

To—(“Music, when soft voices die”)

Adonais

RESPONSES

George Gordon, Lord Byron: from Don Juan

George Gordon, Lord Byron: Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley

(26 April 1821)

George Gordon, Lord Byron: Letter to John Murray

(30 July 1821)

The Cloud

from Hellas

Chorus (“Worlds on worlds are rolling ever”)

Chorus (“The world’s great age begins anew”)

With a Guitar, to Jane

To Jane (“The keen stars”)

from A Defence of Poetry

The Cenci

Julian and Maddalo

The Sensitive Plant

Letter to Maria Gisborne

RESPONSE

Mary Shelley: Introductions to the Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1824, 1839)

 

FELICIA HEMANS

Illustration: Edward Smith, after a painting by Edward Robinson, Portrait of

Felicia Hemans

from TALES, AND HISTORIC SCENES, IN VERSE

The Wife of Asdrubal

The Last Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra

Evening Prayer, at a Girls’ School

Casabianca

from RECORDS OF WOMAN, WITH OTHER POEMS

The Bride of the Greek Isle

Properzia Rossi

Indian Woman’s Death-Song

Joan of Arc, in Rheims

The Homes of England

The Graves of a Household

Corinne at the Capitol

Woman and Fame

RESPONSES

Francis Jeffrey: from A Review of Felicia Hemans’s Poetry

William Wordsworth: from Prefatory Note to Extempore Effusion

 

JOHN CLARE

Written in November (manuscript)

Written in November

Songs Eternity

[The Lament of Swordy Well]

[The Mouse’s Nest]

Clock a Clay

The Mores

 

JOHN KEATS

Illustration: Charles Brown, Portrait of John Keats, 1819

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer; from Leigh Hunt, “Young Poets”

(Examiner, 1 December 1816)

COMPANION READINGS

Alexander Pope: from Homer’s Iliad

George Chapman: from Homer’s Iliad

Alexander Pope: from Homer’s Odyssey

George Chapman: from Homer’s Odyssey

“To one who has been long in city pent”

On the Grasshopper and Cricket

from Sleep and Poetry

RESPONSE

Z. [John Gibson Lockhart]: from On the Cockney School of Poetry

John Gibson Lockhart: from The Cockney School of

Poetry No. IV

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles

On sitting down to read King Lear once again

Sonnet: When I have fears

The Eve of St. Agnes

La Belle Dame sans Merci (letter text)

La Belle Dame sans Mercy, with Leigh Hunt’s Preface

(The Indicator 1820)

Incipit altera Sonneta (“If by dull rhymes”)

THE ODES OF 1819

Ode to Psyche

Ode to a Nightingale

Ode on a Grecian Urn

Ode on Indolence

Ode on Melancholy

To Autumn

Lamia

The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream

“This living hand”

“Bright Star”

LETTERS

To Benjamin Bailey [“The Truth of Imagination”] (22 November 1817)

To George and Thomas Keats [“Intensity” and “Negative Capability”]

(December 1817)

To John Hamilton Reynolds [Wordsworth and “The Whims

of an Egotist”] (3 February 1818)

To John Taylor [“A Few Axioms”] (27 February 1818)

To Benjamin Bailey [“Ardent Pursuit”] (13 May 1818)

To John Hamilton Reynolds [Wordsworth, Milton, and “Dark Passages”]

(3 May 1818)

To Benjamin Bailey [“I Have Not a Right Feeling Towards Women”]

(18 July 1818)

To Richard Woodhouse [The “Camelion Poet” vs. The “Egotistical

Sublime”] (27 October 1818)

To George and Georgiana Keats [“indolence,” “poetry” vs. “philosophy,”

the “vale of Soul-Making”] (Spring 1819)

To Fanny Brawne [“You Take Possession of Me”] (25 July 1819)

To Percy Bysshe Shelley [“An Artist Must Serve Mammon”]

(16 August 1820)

To Charles Brown [Keats’s Last Letter] (30 November 1820)

 

SIR WALTER SCOTT

Illustration: The Author of Waverley

Lord Randall

The Two Drovers

Introduction to Tales of My Landlord

 

PERSPECTIVES

Popular Prose and the Problems of Authorship

CHARLES LAMB

Oxford in the Vacation

Dream Children

Old China

WILLIAM HAZLITT

On Gusto

My First Acquaintance with Poets

THOMAS DE QUINCEY

from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth 

[“What is it that we mean by literature?”]

JANE AUSTEN

from Northanger Abbey, Chapter 1

MARIA JANE JEWSBURY

The Young Author

WILLIAM COBBETT

from Rural Rides

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY

The Swiss Peasant

 

The Victorian Age, Volume 2B, Fourth Edition

Illustration: Gustave Doré, Ludgate Hill 1044

THE VICTORIAN AGE AT A GLANCE 1045

 

INTRODUCTION 1049

VICTORIA AND THE VICTORIANS 1049

Illustration: Sunlight Soap advertisement commemorating the 1897 Jubilee of

Victoria’s reign 1050

THE AGE OF ENERGY AND INVENTION 1052

Illustration: Robert Howlett, Portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and

Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857 1053

THE AGE OF DOUBT 1055

Illustration: The Crystal Palace 1058

THE AGE OF REFORM 1059

THE AGE OF EMPIRE 1063

Illustration: “The Formula of British Conquest,” Pears’ Soap

advertisement 1065

THE AGE OF READING 1066

Color Plate 11: Sir John Everett Millais, Mariana

Color Plate 12: William Holman Hunt, The Awakening Conscience

Color Plate 13: Ford Madox Brown, Work

Color Plate 14: Augustus Egg, Past and Present, No. 1

Color Plate 15: Augustus Egg, Past and Present, No. 3

Color Plate 16: William Morriss, Guenevere, or La Belle Iseult

Color Plate 17: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Blessed Damozel

Color Plate 18: James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The

Falling Rocket

Color Plate 19: John Williams Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott

Color Plate 20: Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Love Among the Ruins

THE AGE OF SELF-SCRUTINY 1068

Illustration: Cartoon from Punch magazine, 1867 1068

 

THOMAS CARLYLE 1074

Illustration: Julia Margaret Cameron, Thomas Carlyle, 1867 1075

Past and Present 1076

Midas [The Condition of England] 1076

from Gospel of Mammonism [The Irish Widow] 1079

from Labour [Know Thy Work] 1080

from Democracy [Liberty to Die by Starvation] 1081

Captains of Industry 1083

 

PERSPECTIVES

The Industrial Landscape 1088

Illustration: John Leech, Horseman pursued by a train engine named

“Time” 1089

THE STEAM LOOM WEAVER 1090

FANNY KEMBLE 1091

from Record of a Girlhood 1091

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY 1092

from A Review of Southey’s Colloquies 1092

PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS (“BLUE BOOKS”) 1094

Testimony of Hannah Goode, a Child Textile Worker 1095

Testimony of Ann and Elizabeth Eggley, Child Mineworkers 1095

CHARLES DICKENS 1097

from Dombey and Son 1097

from Hard Times 1098

BENJAMIN DISRAELI 1100

from Sybil 1100

FRIEDRICH ENGELS 1101

from The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 1101

Illustration: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, Catholic Town in 1440 /Same

Town in 1840 1103

HENRY MAYHEW 1108

from London Labour and the London Poor 1108

Illustration: The Boy Crossing-Sweepers 1112

 

JOHN STUART MILL 1113

On Liberty 1115

from Chapter 2. Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion 1115

from Chapter 3. Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-Being 1117

The Subjection of Women 1121

from Chapter 1 1121

Statement Repudiating the Rights of Husbands 1129

Autobiography 1129

from Chapter 1. Childhood, and Early Education 1129

from Chapter 5. A Crisis in My Mental History. One Stage Onward 1132

 

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING 1138

The Cry of the Children 1140

To George Sand: A Desire 1144

To George Sand: A Recognition 1144

A Year’s Spinning (Web)

Sonnets from the Portuguese 1145

1 (“I thought once how Theocritus had sung”) 1145

13 (“And wilt thou have me fashion into speech”) 1145

14 (“If thou must love me, let it be for nought”) 1145

21 (“Say over again, and yet once over again”) 1146

22 (“When our two souls stand up erect and strong”) 1146

24 (“Let the world’s sharpness, like a clasping knife”) 1147

28 (“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!”) 1147

32 (“The first time that the sun rose on thine oath”) 1147

38 (“First time he kissed me, he but only kissed”) 1148

43 (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”) 1148

The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point 1148

Aurora Leigh 1155

Book 1 1155

[Self-Portrait] 1155

Illustration: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, frontispiece of Aurora Leigh 1156

[Her Mother’s Portrait] 1157

[Aurora’s Education] 1158

[Discovery of Poetry] (Web)

Book 2 1162

[Woman and Artist] 1162

[No Female Christ] 1165

[Aurora’s Rejection of Romney] 1166

Book 3 1170

[The Woman Writer in London] 1170

Book 5 1171

[Epic Art and Modern Life] 1171

from A Curse for a Nation (Web)

A Musical Instrument 1174

The Best Thing in the World (Web)

 

ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON 1175

Illustration: Max Beerbohm, Tennyson Reading “In Memoriam” to his Sovereign,

1904 1178

The Kraken 1178

Mariana 1179

The Lady of Shalott 1181

Illustration: William Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott 1182

The Lotos-Eaters 1185

Ulysses 1189

Tithonus 1191

Break, Break, Break 1193

The Epic [Morte d’Arthur] 1194

The Eagle: A Fragment (Web)

Locksley Hall 1196

from THE PRINCESS 1201

Sweet and Low (Web)

The Splendour Falls 1201

Tears, Idle Tears 1202

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal 1202

Come Down, O Maid (Web)

[The Woman’s Cause Is Man’s] 1203

from In Memoriam A. H. H. 1204

The Charge of the Light Brigade 1235

Idylls of the King 1237

The Coming of Arthur 1237

Pelleas and Ettarre (Web)

The Passing of Arthur 1247

The Higher Pantheism 1257

RESPONSE

Algernon Charles Swinburne: The Higher Pantheism in a

Nutshell 1258h

Flower in the Crannied Wall (Web)

Crossing the Bar 1259

 

EDWARD FITZGERALD (Web)

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishápúr (Web)

 

CHARLES DARWIN 1260

Illustration: Linley Sambourne, Man is But a Worm 1261

The Voyage of the Beagle 1262

from Chapter 10. Tierra Del Fuego 1262

Illustration: Thomas Landseer, after a drawing by C. Martens, A Fuegian at

Portrait Cove 1263

from Chapter 17. Galapagos Archipelago 1269

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection 1272

from Chapter 3. Struggle for Existence 1272

The Descent of Man 1277

from Chapter 21. General Summary and Conclusion 1277

from Autobiography 1283

 

PERSPECTIVES

Religion and Science 1291

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY 1292

from Lord Bacon 1292

CHARLES DICKENS 1293

from Sunday Under Three Heads 1293

DAVID FRIEDRICH STRAUSS 1296

from The Life of Jesus Critically Examined 1296

CHARLOTTE BRONTË 1299

from Jane Eyre 1299

ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH 1301

Epi-strauss-ium 1301

The Latest Decalogue 1302

from Dipsychus 1302

JOHN WILLIAM COLENSO 1303

from The Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined 1304

JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN 1305

from Apologia Pro Vita Sua 1305

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY 1313

from Evolution and Ethics 1313

SIR EDMUND GOSSE 1317

from Father and Son 1317

 

ROBERT BROWNING 1322

Illustration: Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Browning, 1866 1322

Porphyria’s Lover 1325

Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister 1326

My Last Duchess 1328

How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix 1330

Home-Thoughts, from Abroad 1331

Home-Thoughts, from the Sea 1332

The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church 1332

Meeting at Night 1335

Parting at Morning 1336

A Toccata of Galuppi’s 1336

Memorabilia 1337

Love Among the Ruins 1338

“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” 1340

RESPONSE

Stevie Smith: Childe Rolandine 1346h

Fra Lippo Lippi 1347

The Last Ride Together 1355

Andrea del Sarto 1358

Two in the Campagna (Web)

A Woman’s Last Word 1364

Caliban Upon Setebos 1366

Epilogue to Asolando 1372

 

CHARLES DICKENS 1373

A Christmas Carol 1376

Illustration: Hablot K. Browne, Mr Scrooge Extinguishing the Spirit 1399

from A Walk in a Workhouse 1425

COMPANION READINGS

Dickens at Work: Recollections by His Children and Friends (Web)

Kate Field: Dickens Giving a Reading of A Christmas Carol 1430 h

POPULAR SHORT FICTION 1431

 

ELIZABETH GASKELL 1432

Our Society at Cranford 1432

 

THOMAS HARDY 1447

The Withered Arm 1448

 

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE 1466

A Scandal in Bohemia 1467

Illustration: Sidney Paget, Good-night Mr Sherlock Holmes 1480

 

EMILY BRONTË 1482

“High waving heather ’neath stormy blasts bending” 1484

“The night is darkening round me” 1484

“And first an hour of mournful musing” 1485

“I’m happiest when most away” 1485

“There are two trees in a lonely field” 1485

Stanzas 1485

Plead for me 1486

Stars 1487

The Prisoner (A Fragment) 1488

Remembrance 1490

“No coward soul is mine” 1491

 

JOHN RUSKIN 1492

Modern Painters 1493

from Definition of Greatness in Art 1493

from Of Water, As Painted by Turner 1494

The Stones of Venice 1495

from The Nature of Gothic 1495

Illustration: John Ruskin, Windows of the Early Gothic Palaces 1496

The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century 1505

Praeterita (Web)

Preface (Web)

from The Springs of Wandel (Web)

from Herne-Hill Almond Blossoms (Web)

from Schaffhausen and Milan (Web)

from The Grande Chartreuse (Web)

from Joanna’s Care (Web)

 

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE 1510

from Cassandra 1511

 

PERSPECTIVES

Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen 1520

Illustration: The Parliamentary Female, from Punch magazine, 1853 1521

FRANCES POWER COBBE 1522

from Life of Frances Power Cobbe As Told by Herself 1522

SARAH STICKNEY ELLIS 1525

from The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits 1525

CHARLOTTE BRONTË 1528

from Letter to Emily Brontë 1528

Illustration: Richard Redgrave, The Poor Teacher, 1844 1529

ANNE BRONTË 1529

from Agnes Grey 1530

JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN 1531

from The Idea of a University 1531

CAROLINE NORTON 1532

from A Letter to the Queen 1533

GEORGE ELIOT 1535

Margaret Fuller and Mary Wollstonecraft 1535

THOMAS HUGHES 1540

from Tom Brown’s School Days 1540

ISABELLA BEETON 1542

from The Book of Household Management 1542

JOHN RUSKIN 1544

from Sesame and Lilies 1544

Of Queens’ Gardens 1544

QUEEN VICTORIA 1547

Letters and Journal Entries on the Position of Women 1547

Illustration: Edwin Landseer, Windsor Castle in Modern Times, 1841–1845 1549

SARAH GRAND 1552

from The New Aspect of the Woman Question 1552

SIR HENRY NEWBOLT 1553

Vitaï Lampada 1554

MONA CAIRD 1554

from Does Marriage Hinder a Woman’s Self-Development? 1555

RUDYARD KIPLING 1556

If 1556

MATTHEW ARNOLD 1557

Illustration: Matthew Arnold and his wife Frances Wightman Arnold 1557

Isolation. To Marguerite 1560

To Marguerite—Continued 1561

Dover Beach 1562

RESPONSE

Anthony Hecht: The Dover Bitch 1563h

Lines Written in Kensington Gardens 1564

The Buried Life 1565

Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse 1567

The Scholar-Gipsy 1572

East London 1578

West London 1579

Thyrsis 1579

from The Function of Criticism at the Present Time 1585

from Culture and Anarchy 1595

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