Romantic Bards:

An Anthology

Edited by Laura Mandell, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., J.D., Ll.D., C.P.A., B.S.

New York: Fictitious Press, 1998

[From] Preface

I have here chosen only the most valuable pieces of English poetry as has been determined by schools of critics throughout time. As Charlotte Lennox put it, "Nothing pleases many, and long, but just representations of general nature." It is only those just representations that the reader will find here, poems of the highest aesthetic value conducing to the greatest national pride.

This distinctive value of this collection is that it contains complete, uncut collections by the bards presented here, including, for the first time, every poem that Ann Yearsley ever wrote.

[From] Contents

Romantic Poetry and Fiction


Poems (1773)--complete, uncut.

Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq. on the rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade (1791)

Sins of the Government, Sins of the Nation, Or, a Discourse for the Fast (1793)

From The British Novelists (1810)
From "On the Origin and Progress of Novel-Writing"

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (1812)



Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems (1784-1797)--complete, uncut!

The Emigrants (1793)

Beachy Head, and Other Poems (1807)


The Old Manor House

The Romance of Real Life

The Wanderings of Warwick


Poems on Several Occasions (1785)--Complete, uncut!

A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade (1788)

The Rural Lyre (1796)


A Series of Plays: In Which It Is Attempted to Delineate the Stronger Passions of the Mind, Each Passion Being the Subject of a Tragedy and a Comedy (1798)--All plays included here, for the first time in any anthology!



The Last Man


Letter from Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley to P. Shelley.

Letter from Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley to W. Godwin.

Letter from Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley to J. Taylor.


Tales and Historic Scenes in Verse (1819)--Complete, uncut!

The League of the Alps and Other Poems (1826)--Complete, uncut!

Records of Woman: with Other Poems (1828)--Complete, uncut!

Minor Lyric Poets


Samples of Catherine Blake's coloring of Will Blake's little poems and etchings

Willy Blake

[Lines written in gratitude to Catherine]

Sammy Coleridge

Letter to Sara Hutchinson


The Grasmere Journals
The Alfoxden Journals

Will Wordsworth

excerpt from "Tintern Abbey":
[To my Sister]


from Lyrical Tales (1800)

Percy Shelley

Letters to Mary

Lamb (Caroline)

George Gordon

from Don Juan
--we have here presented a stanza of the poem so that our readers can see what Lady Caroline Lamb was imitating

Johnny Keats

To Fanny Brawne


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