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

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Volume 2A: The Romantics and Their Contemporaries of The Longman Anthology of British Literature is a comprehensive and thoughtfully arranged anthology that offers a rich selection of major British authors throughout the Romantic period. The text includes Perspectives, Companion Readings, and "and Its Time" sections which show how major literary writings interrelate with and respond to various social, historical, and cultural events of Great Britain in the Romantic period. With a generous representation of fiction, drama, and poetry, the second edition includes major additions of important works and an expanded illustration program. Fresh and up-to-date introductions and notes are written by an editorial team whose members are all actively engaged in teaching and in current scholarship, and illustrations show both artistic and cultural developments of the period. For those interested in British Literature of the Romantic Period.

Table of Contents


Anna Laetitia 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.
Eighteen Hundred and Eleven.

Companion Reading.
From A Review of Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, John Wilson Croker.
First Fire.
On the Death of Princess Charlotte.

Charlotte Smith.
Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems.

To Melancholy.
Far on the Sands.
To Tranquillity.
Written in the Church Yard at Middleton in Sussex.
On being cautioned against walking on an headland overloooking the sea.
To the Shade of Burns.
The Sea View.
The Dead Beggar.
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.
From Letters from France.

Edmund Burke.

From Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Mary Wollstonecraft.

From A Vindication of the Rights of Men.

Thomas Paine.

From The Rights of Man.

William Godwin.

From An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness.

The Anti-Jacobin.

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.

William Blake.

All Religions Are One.
There is No Natural Religion a.
There is No Natural Religion b.

Songs of Innocence and of Experience.

From Songs of Innocence.

Companion Reading.
From The Praise of Chimney Sweepers, Charles Lamb.
From Songs of Experience.
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
Visions of the Daughters of Albion.


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.

Hannah More and Eaglesfield Smith.

The Sorrows of Yamba.

Robert Southey.

From Poems Concerning the Slave Trade.
The Sailor Who Had Served in the Slave Trade.

Dorothy Wordworth.

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.

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.
Sappho and Phaon.
The Camp.

Lyrical Tales.
The Haunted Beach.
London's Summer Morning.
The Old Beggar.
To the Poet Coleridge.

Mary Wollstonecraft.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
Maria; or, The Wrongs of Women.

Perspectives: The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women.

Catherine Macaulay.
Catherine Macaulay, From Letters on Education.
Anna Laetitia Barbauld, The Rights of Women.
Robert Southey, To Mary Wollstoncraft.

William Blake.

From Mary.

Richard Polwhele, From The Unsex'd Females.
Priscilla Wakefield, From Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex.
Mary Anne Radcliffe, From The Female Advocate.
Hannah More, From Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education.
Mary Anne Lamb, Letter to The British Lady's Magazine.
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.
A Mother to Her Waking Infant.
A Child to His Sick Grandfather.

Song: Woo'd and Married and a'.

Literary Ballads.

Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.
Sir Patrick Spence.

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.
A Red, Red Rose.
Auld Lang Syne.
The Fornicator. A New Song.

Sir Walter Scott.

Lord Randal.

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.
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).
There was a Boy.
Strange fits of passion have I known.

Song: (“She dwelt among th'undtrodden ways” ).
Three years she grew in sun and shower.
Song (“A slumber did my spirit seal” ).
Lucy Gray.
Poor Susan.

Companion Readings.
From A Review of Robert Southey's Thalaba, Francis Jeffrey.
From Letter to William Wordsworth, Charles Lamb.
From Letter to Thomas Manning, Charles Lamb.

Sonnets, 1802-1807.
Prefatory Sonnet (“Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room” ).
The world is too much with us.
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1803 (2).
It is a beauteous Evening.
I grieved for Buonaparte.
London, 1802.

The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind (1805).
Book First. Introduction. Childhood, and School-time.
Book Second. School-time continued.
Book Fourth. Summer Vacation.
Book Fifth. Books.
Book Sixth. Cambridge, and the Alps.
Book Seventh. Residence in London.
Book Ninth. Residence in France.
Book Tenth. Residence in France and French Revolution.

Companion Reading.
From The Prelude (1850), William Wordsworth.
Book Eleventh. Imagination, How Impaired and Restored.
Book Thirteenth. Conclusion.
I travell'd among unknown men.
Resolution and Independence.
I wandered lonely as a cloud.
My heart leaps up.
Ode: Intimations of Immortality.
The Solitary Reaper.
Elegiac Stanzas.

Companion Reading.
On Reading Wordsworth's Lines on Peele Castle, Mary Shelley.
Surprized by joy.
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 Sickbed.
When Shall I Tread Your Garden Path?.
The worship of this sabbath morn.
Lines Written (Rather say Begun) on the Morning of Sunday April 6th.
The Grasmere Journals.

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.

Companion Reading.
On Dorothy Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
On Dorothy Wordsworth, Thomas DeQuincey.

Perspectives: The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque.

Edmund Burke.

From A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful.

William Gilpin.

From Three Essays on Picturesque Beauty.

Jane Austen.

From Pride and Prejudice.

Mary Wollstonecraft.

From A Vindication of the Rights of Men.

Immanuel Kant.

From The Critique of Judgment.

John Ruskin.

From Modern Painters.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Sonnet to the River Otter.

Companion Reading.
To the River Itchin, near Winton, William Lisle Bowles.
The Eolian Harp.
This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison.
The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798).
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1817).

Companion Readings.
The Castaway, William Cowper.
From Table Talk, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Kubla Khan.
Frost at Midnight.
Dejection: An Ode.
On Donne's Poetry.
Work Without Hope.
Constancy to an Ideal Object.
From The Statesman's Manual Symbol and Allegory.
From The Friend Reflections of Fire.
Biographia Literaria.
Chapter 14.
From Jacobinism.
From Once a Jacobin, Always a Jacobin.
Lectures on Shakespeare.

Coleridge's Lectures and Their Time: Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century.
Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb.
Charles Lamb.
William Hazlitt.
Thomas De Quincey.

George Gordon, Lord Byron.

She walks in beauty.
So, we'll go no more a-roving.

“Manfred” and Its Time: The Byronic Hero.
George Gordon, Lord Byron.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Caroline Lamb.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Felicia Hemans.
Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Robert Southey.
George Gordon, Lord Byron.
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.
Canto 3.
Canto 4.

Companion Readings.
From A Review of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, John Wilson.
Lord Byron's Creations, John Scott.

Don Juan.
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.

To Thomas Moore On Childe Harold.
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).
To Augusta Leight On His Daughter.

Percy Bysshe Shelley.

To Wordsworth.
Mont Blanc.
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.
Sonnet: Lift not the painted veil.
Sonnet: England in 1819.
The Mask of Anarchy.
Ode to the West Wind.
To a Sky-Lark.
To—(“Music, when soft voices die” ).

Companion Readings.
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), George Gordon, Lord Byron.
The Cloud.
Chorus (“Worlds on worlds are rolling ever” ).
Chorus (“The world's great age begins anew” ).
To Jane: The Keen Stars.
To Jane: With a Guitar.
From A Defence of Poetry.

Felicia Hemans.
Tales and Historic Scenes, in Verse.

The Wife of Asdrubal.
The Last Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra.
Evening Prayer, at a Girls' School.

Records of Woman.
The Bride of the Greek Isles.
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.

Companion Readings.
From A Review of Felicia Hemans's Poetry, Francis Jeffrey.
From Prefatory Note to Extempore Effusion on the Death of James Hogg, William Wordsworth.

John Clare.

Written in November (1).
Written in November (2).
Songs Eternity.
The Lament of Swordy Well.
The Mouse's Nest.
Clock a Clay.
“I Am” .
The Mores.

John Keats.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.

Companion Readings.
From Homer's Iliad, Alexander Pope.
From Homer's Iliad, George Chapman.
From Homer's Odyssey, Alexander Pope.
From Homer's Odyssey, George Chapman.
On the Grasshopper and Cricket.
From Sleep and Poetry.

Companion Readings.
From On the Cockney School of Poetry (No. 1, October 1817), John Gibson Lockhart.
From The Cockney School of Poetry (No. 2, August 1818), John Gibson Lockhart.
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 Mercy—.
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.
The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream.
This living hand.
Bright Star.

To Benjamin Bailey “the truth of Imagination” .
To George and Thomas Keats “intensity” and “Negative Capability” .
To John Hamilton Reynolds Wordsworth and “the whims of an Egotist” .
To John Taylor “a few axioms” .
To Benjamin Bailey “ardent pursuit” .
To John Hamilton Reynolds Wordsworth, Milton, and “dark Passages” .
To Benjamin Bailey “I have not a right feeling towards Women” .
To Richard Woodhouse the “camelion poet” vs. the “egotistical sublime” .
To George and Georgiana Keats “indolence,” “poetry” vs. “philosophy,” the “Vale of Soul-Making” .
To Fanny Brawne “you take possession of me” .
To Percy Bysshe Shelley “an artist must serve Mammon” .
To Charles Brown Keats's Last Letter.

Perspectives: Popular Prose and the Problems of Authorship.

Sir Walter Scott.

Introduction to Tales of My Landlord.

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.

Jane Austen.

From Pride and Prejudice.
From Emma.
Letter to J. S. Clarke.

William Cobbett.

From Rural Rides.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

The Swiss Peasant.

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