British Literature


Anne K. Mellor
University of California at Los Angeles

Richard E. Matlak
College of the Holy Cross

New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1996.


Preface vii

Acknowledgments viii

General Introduction 1

Historical and Cultural Context Sections

1. The French Revolution and Rights of Man

Section Introduction

Edmund Burke, from Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

Mary Wollstonecraft, from A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790)

Thomas Paine, from The Rights of Man (1791)

Thomas Babington Macaulay, from A Speech Delivered in the House of Commons on the 2nd of March, 1831

2. Rights of Woman

Section Introduction

Catherine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham, from Letters on Education (1801-1802)

Mary Hays, from Letters and Essays, Moral, and Miscellaneous (1793)

---, from Appeal to the Men of Great Britain in Behalf of Women (1798)

Richard Polwhele, from The Unsex'd Females (1798)

Priscilla Bell Wakefield, from Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex, with Suggestions for its Improvement (1798)

Mary Lamb, from British Ladies' Magazine (1815) "On Needle-Work"

3. Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Abolition in Britain

Section Introduction

From The Mansfield Judgment (1772)

Ottobah Cugoano, from Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species (1787)

William Cowper, "The Negro's Complaint" (1778)

---, "Pity for Poor Africans" (1788)

Thomas Bellamy, The Benevolent Planters (1789)

Robert Southey, from Poems Concerning the Slave Trade (1798) "The Sailor, Who Had Served in the Slave Trade"

William Wilberforce, from A Letter on the Abolition of the Slave Trade (1807)

Thomas Clarkson, from The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament (1808)

Amelia Alderson Opie, "The Black Man's Lament" (1826)

4. Society and Political Economy

Section Introduction

William Godwin, from Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on Morals and Happiness (1793; 1798)

Thomas Robert Malthus, from An Essay on the Principle of Population (1798)

Jane Marcet, from Conversations on Political Economy (1816)

William Cobbet, Cobbet's Poor Man's Friend (1826)

5. Science and Nature

Section Introduction

Erasmus Darwin, from The Botanic Garden, Part II: The Loves of the Plants

David Hartley, from Observations on Man, His Frame, His Duty, and His Expectations (1749; 1791)

Francis Burney, later d'Arblay, "A Mastectomy" (1811)

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, from the Introduction to the third edition of Frankenstein (1831)

Charles Lyell, from Principles of Geology (1830-1833)

6. Aesthetic Theory and Literary Criticism

Section Introduction


Johann Joachim Winckelmann, from The History of Ancient Art (1764)

Sir Joshua Reynolds, from Discourses on Art (1770)

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 (1757; 5th ed. 1767)

William Gilpin, from Three Essays: On Picturesque Beauty, On Picturesque Travel, and On Sketching Landscape (1792)


Adam Smith, from The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759)

Mary Wollstonecraft, from Mary: A Fiction (1788)

---, from Maria, or the Wrongs of Woman (1798)


Samuel Taylor Coleridge, from Lectures on Belles Lettres (1812)

---, from The Statesman's Mannual (1816)

William Hazlitt, from Lectures on the English Poets (1818)

---, from Table Talk, or Original Essays on Men and Manners (1821)

Literary Criticism

Clara Reeve, from the Progress of Romance (1785)

Francis Jeffrey, from a review of The Excursion, by William Wordsworth (1814)

John Gibson Lockhart, "Cockney School of Poetry" in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1818)

Author Selections

Anna Letitia Aikin, Later Barbauld (1743-1825)


From Poems (1773)
"An Inventory of the Furniture in Dr. Priestley's Study"
"On a Lady's Writing"
"To a Lady, with Some Painted Flowers"
"A Summer Evening's Meditation"

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

From 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)

"A Thought on Death" (1822)

Posthumous Publications:

From Works of Anna Letitia Barbauld (1825)
"To Mr. Barbauld, with a Map of the Land of Matrimony"
"The Rights of Woman"
"To a Little Invisible Being Who is Expected Soon to Become Visible"
"To Mr. S. T. Coleridge"
"The First Fire"
"On the Death of the Princess Charlotte"

Olaudah Equiano


From The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789)

Hannah More


From Sensibility: A Poetical Epistle to the Hon. Mrs. Boscawen (1782)

Slavery, A Poem (1788)

Village Politics (1792)

From Cheap Repository Tracts (1795-1798)
"Patient Joe; or, The Newcastle Collier" (1795)
"The Riot; or, Half a Loaf Is Better than No Bread" (1795)
"The Gin Shop; or, a Peep into Prison" (1795)

From Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799)

From Letter to John Bowdler (1799)

From Letter to William Wilberforce (1801)

Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806)


From Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems (1784-1797)
I--"The partial Muse has from my earliest hours"
XXVII--"Sighing I see yon little troop at play"
XXXV--"To fortitude"
XLIII--"The unhappy exile, whom his fates confine"
XLIV--"Written in the church-yard at Middleton in Sussex"
XLVII--"To fancy"
LVII--"To dependence"
LIX--"Written in September 1791, during a remarkable thunder storm, in which the moon was perfectly clear, while the tempest gathered in various directions near the earth"
LXV--"To Dr. Parry of Bath, with some botanic drawings which had been made some years"
LXX--"On being cautioned against walking on an headland overlooking the sea, because it was frequented by a lunatic"
LXXIV--"The winter night"
LXXXIV--"To the Muse"
XCI--"Reflections on some drawings of plants"
"Thirty-eight: Addressed to Mrs. H----Y"

The Emigrants (1793)

Posthumous Publications

From Beachy Head, and Other Poems (1807)
"Beachy Head"
From The History of Birds (1807)
From "Fables"
"The Truant Dove from Pilpay"

Ann Cromarty Yearsley (1752-1806)


From Poems on Several Occasions (1785)
"To Mr. R----"
"To the same [Stella]"

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

From The Rural Lyre (1796)
"To Mira, On the Care of Her Infant"
"The Indifferent Shepherdess to Colin"

William Blake (1757-1827)


There is no Natural Religion (1788)

From Songs of Innocence (1789)
"The Shepherd"
"The Ecchoing Green"
"The Lamb"
"The Little Black Boy"
"The Blossom"
"The Chimney Sweeper"
"The Little Boy Lost"
"The Little Boy Found"
"The Divine Image"
"Holy Thursday"
"Nurse's Song"
"Infant Joy"
"A Dream"
"On Another's Sorrow"
"The Little Girl Lost"
"The Little Girl Found"
"The School Boy"
"The Voice of the Ancient Bard"

The Book of Thel (1789-1791)

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1793)

Vision of the Daughters of Albion (1793)
"The Argument"
From Songs of Experience (1794)
"Earth's Answer"
"The Clod and the Pebble"
"Holy Thursday"
"the Chimney Sweeper"
"Nurses Song"
"The Sick Rose"
"The Fly"
"The Angel"
"The Tyger"
"My Pretty Rose Tree"
"The Garden of Love"
"The Little Vagabond"
"The Human Abstract"
"Infant Sorrow"
"A Poison Tree"
"A Little Boy Lost"
"A Little Girl Lost"
"To Tirzah"

The [First] Book of Urizen (1794)

Letter to Rev'd Dr. Trusler, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey (August 23, 1799)

Letter to Thomas Butts (November 22, 1802)

Posthumous Publications

From The Pickering Manuscript (1863)
:Auguries of Innocence"
From Alexander Gilchrist's Life of William Blake, Pictor Ignotus (1863; rev. 1880)
From A Vision of the Last Judgment [1810]

Mary Darby Robinson (1758-1800)


From Poems (1791)
"Ode to Beauty"
From Sappho and Phaon: In a Series of Legitimate Sonnets (1796)
Sonnet VII--"Come, Reason, come!"
Sonnet XI--"O Reason! vaunted sovereign of the mind"
From Lyrical Tales (1800)
"All Alone"
"The Poor, Singing Dame"
"The Haunted Beach"
"Deborah's Parrot"
"The Alien Boy"

Posthumous Publications:

From Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson, Written by Herself (1801)
Continuation by a Friend
From The Wild Wreath, ed., Maria Elizabeth Robinson (1804)
"The Wint'ry Day"
"A London Summer Morning"
"The Poet's Garret"
From The Poetical Works of the Late Mrs. Mary Robinson (1806)
"January, 1795"
From "The Progress of Liberty"
"The Old Beggar"
"To the Poet Coleridge"

Robert Burns (1759-1796)


From Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1786-1793)
"John Barleycorn. A Ballad" (1786)
"to a Mouse, on turning Her up in Her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785." (1786)
"Address to the Unco Guid, or the Rigidly Righteous" (1787)
From Letter to Miss Helen Craik (9 August 1790)
From Letter to Robert Graham of Fintry (5 January 1793)

From The Morning Chronicle (8 May 1794): "Robert Bruce's March to Bannockburn---"

From Glasgow Magazine (August 1795): "Song--For a'that and a'that--"

From The Scots Musical Museum (1787-1803)
"Auld Lang Syne" (1796)
"Such a Parcel of Rogues in a Nation---" (1792)
"A Red Red Rose" (1796)
From Merry Muses of Caledonia, A Collection of Favorite Scots Songs (1799-1800)
"The Fornicator. A New Song---"
"Green Grow the Rashes. A Fragment"
"[Why should na poor folk mowe]"

Mary Wollstonecraft, Later Godwin (1759-1797)


From Thoughts on the Education of Daughters (1786)

From Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

Letter to Joseph Johnson (26 December 1792)

Letter to Joseph Johnson (15 February 1793)

From An Historical and Moral View of the Origin and Progress of the French Revolution and the Effect it Has Produced in Europe (1794)

From Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark (1796)

From Letters to William Godwin (August 1796-August 1797)

Posthumous Publications:

From Posthumous Works of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in Four Volumes, ed. William Godwin

From Letters to Gilbert Imlay

Joanna Baillie

From Fugitive Verses (1790)
"A Winter's Day"
"Address to the Muses"
From 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)
Introductory Discourse
Count Basil: A Tragedy
From Fugitive Verses (Second Edition, 1840)
"Lines on the Death of Sir Walter Scott"
"Lines for a Friend's Album"
"To Mrs. Siddons"

Posthumous Publications:

From The Dramatic and Poetical Works of Joanna Baillie (1851)
"Lines to Agnes Baillie on Her Birthday"

Helen Maria Williams (1762-1827)


From Peru, A Poem in Six Cantos (1784)
From "Canto I"
From "Canto II"
From "Canto VI"
From Poems (1786)
"To Sensibility"

A Farewell, for Two Years, to England (1789)

From Letters from France (1790-1796)
From "Volume I"
From "Volume II"
From "Volume III"
From "Volume IV"
From "Volume VIII"

From A Narrative of the Events Which Have Taken Place in France, with an Account of the Present State of Society and Public Opinion (1816)

From Poems on Various Subjects (1823)

John Thelwall


From Poems Chiefly Written in Retirement (1801)
From Prefatory Memoir
"to the Infant Hampden---"

Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849)


From Letters from Literary Ladies (1795)

From Belinda (1801)
"Rights of Woman"
From Popular Tales (1804)
"The Grateful Negro"

Amelia Alderson Opie (1769-1853)

From Poems (1802)
"The Orphan Boy's Tale"
"Lines Respectfully Inscribed to the Society for the Relief of Persons Imprisoned for Small Debts"

William Wordsworth


From European Magazine (1787): "Sonnet on Seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams Weep at a Tale of Distress"

From Lyrical Ballads. With a Few Other Poems (1798, 1800)
"Lines Written at a Small Distance from My House, and Sent by My Little Boy to the Person to whom They are Addressed" (1798)
"Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman, with an Incident in Which He Was Concerned" (1798)
"We Are Seven" (1798)
"Lines Written in Early Spring" (1798)
"The Thorn" (1798)
"Expostulation and Reply" (1798)
"The Tables Turned; An Evening Scene on the Same Subject" (1798)
"Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye during a Tour, July 13, 1798" (1798)
From Lyrical Ballads, Second Edition
From Preface (1800)
"There Was a Boy" (1800)
"Strange Fits of Passion I Have Known" (1800)
"Song" [She Dwelt among th'untrodden ways] (1800)
"A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal" (1800)
"Lucy Gray"
"The Two April Mornings" (1800)
"The Fountain: A Conversation" (1800)
"Nutting" (1800)
"Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower" (1800)
"Michael, a Pastoral Poem" (1800)

From Letter to Charles James Fox (14 January 1801)

From Poems in Two Volumes (1807). From Volume One:
"She Was a Phantom of Delight"
"I Travell'd among Unknown Men"
"Resolution and Independence"
Prefatory Sonnet ["Nuns fret not"]
"With Ships the Sea Was Sprinkled Far and Nigh"
"Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3 1803"
"The World Is Too Much With Us; Late and Soon"
"It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free"
"Composed by the Sea-side, near Calais, August, 1802"
"Calais, August, 1802"
"I Griev'd fro Buonaparte"
"On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic"
"To Toussaint L'ouverture"
"September 1st, 1802"
"Written in London, September, 1802"
"London, 1802"
"It Is Not to be Thought"
From Volume Two:
"The Solitary Reaper"
"Stepping Westward"
"To a Butterfly"
"My Heart Leaps up When I Behold"
"I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"
"The Sparrow's Nest"
"To the Cuckoo"
"To a Butterfly"
"Elegiac Stanzas"
"Ode [Intimations]"

From Letter to Mary Wordsworth (11 August 1810)

From Letter to Mary (3-4 June 1812)

From The Excursion, being a portion of The Recluse, A Poem (1814)
To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Lonsdale, K. G. &c. &c.
From Preface
Book First, The Wanderer
From Poems (1815-1849/50)
"A Night-Piece" (1815)
"Surprised by Joy--Impatient as the Wind" (1815)
"Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" (1836-37)
"So Fair, So Sweet, Withal So Sensitive" (1845)
"On the Projected Kendal and Windermere Railway" (1845)

Posthumous Publications:

From The Prelude, or, Growth of a Poet's Mind (1799, 1805, 1850)
The Two-Part Prelude of 1799 (1973)
First part
Second part
From The Prelude (1850, 1926)
From Book Fifth [Books]
From Book Sixth [Cambridge and the Alps]
From Book Seventh [Residence in London]
From Book Eighth [Retrospect--Love of Nature Leading to Love of Mankind]
From Book Ninth [Residence in France]
From Book Tenth [Residence in France and French Revolution]
From Book Thirteenth (1805) [Conclusion]
From Book Fourteenth (1850) [Conclusion]

From Home at Grasmere (1888)

Dorothy Wordsworth


"Floating Island at Hawkshead, An Incident in the Schemes of Nature" (1842)

Posthumous Publications:

From The Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth (1941)
From The Alfoxden Journal [1798]
From The Grasmere Journals [1800-1803]
From The Collected Poems (1987)
"Irregular Verses" [1829]
"Thoughts on My Sick-Bed" [1832]

Walter Scott (1771-1832)


From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-1803)
"Lord Randal"
From The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805)
From Canto VI
From Marmion (1808)
From Canto V

Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Letter to Robert Southey (18 September 1794)

From Conciones ad Populum, or Address to the People (1795)
From "Introductory Address"
From Bristol Lectures (1796)
From "Lecture Six"
From Poems (1796)
"Effusion XXXV"
From The Watchman (1796)
From "Remonstrance to the French Legislators" (27 April 1796)
From Poems (1797)
"Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement"
From Fears in Solitude (1798)
"Fears in Solitude"
"Frost at Midnight"
From Lyrical Ballads (1798)
The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere
"The Nightingale; A Conversational Poem, Written in April, 1798"
From The Morning Post (1799)
"On the French Constitution. IV" (31 December)
From The Annual Anthology (1800)
"This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison"

From Letter to Thomas Poole (31 March 1800)

From Letter to William Godwin (25 March 1801)

From The Morning Post (1802)
"Dejection: An Ode, Written April 4, 1802"
From The Morning Post (1802)
From "Once a Jacobin Always A Jacobin"
From The Friend (1809)
From Nos. 5 & 6 [Genius and Novelty]
From No. 8 [Luther and Rousseau]
Christabel, Kubla Khan, A Vision, The Pains of Sleep (1816)
"Kubla Khan: or A Vision in a Dream"
"The Pains of Sleep"
From The Statesman's Manual, or, the Bible the Best Guide to Political Skill and Foresight (1816)
[Philosophy, Revolution, and the Bible]
[The Bible and Universal Truths]
[The Bible and Imagination]
From Sibylline Leaves: A Collection of Poems (1817)
"The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
"To a Gentleman"
"The Visionary Hope"
From Biographia Literaria: or Biographical Sketches of My Literary Life and Opinions (1817)
From Chapter 1 [The Motives of the Present Work]
From Chapter 4 [Lyrical Ballads and Preface, Wordsworth]
From Chapter 13 [Imagination]
From Chapter 14 [Lyrical Ballads and Poetic Controversy]
From Chapter 17 [Poetic Language]
From Lectures (1818)
From Lecture 11 [On Education]
From Lecture 13 [On Poesy or Art]
From Lecture 14 [On Style and Politics]
From Poetical Works (1834)
"Phantom or Fact"
"Ne Plus Ultra"

Jane Austen


From Letter to Cassandra Austen [27 October 1798]

"To the Memory of Mrs. Lefroy" (1808)

From Letter to Anna Austen [9 September 1814]

From Letter to J. Edward Austen [16 December 1816]

Posthumous Publications:

Lady Susan (1871) [1794-1795]

Charles Lamb (1775-1834)


From blank Verse (1798)
"Written on Christmas Day, 1797"
"The Old Familiar Faces"
From Elia
"Dream-Children: A Reverie"
From The Last Essays of Elia (1833, 1835)
"The Superannuated Man"

Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan (1776-1859)

From The Wild Irish Girl (1806)

From The Lay of an Irish Harp, or Metrical Fragments (1807)
"The Irish Harp"
"To Signor Alphonso Pilligrini, LL.D"
"The Swan Quill"

From France (1817)

From France in 1829 (1830)

Lucy Aikin (1781-1864)


Epistles on Women, Exemplifying Their Character and Condition in Various Ages and Nations (1810)

Jane Taylor (1783-1824)


From Rhymes for the Nursery (1806)
"The Star"
From Essays in Rhyme, on Morals and Manners (1816)
From "Prejudice"
"A Pair"

Posthumous Publications:

From Poetical Remains (1832)
"To Mad. De Staël" [1822]

Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859)


From Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

From London Magazine (1823)
"Notes from the Pocket-Book of a Late Opium-Eater" [On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth]

Mary Prince (c. 1788--After 1833)


From The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave (1831)

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)


From Parliamentary Speeches in the House of Lords (1812)

From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, A Romaunt (1812)
From Preface
From Canto I
From Canto II
song "Athens, 1810"

Ode to Napolean Buonaparte (1814)

Letter to Lady Byron (8 February 1816)

From Poems (1816)
"When We Two Parted"
"Fare Thee Well"

From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto the Third (1816)

From The Prisoner of Chillon and Other Poems (1816)
"Sonnet on Chillon"
"Stanzas to ---"
[A Fragment]

From Letter to Augusta Leigh (8 September 1816)

Alpine Journal (18-29 September 1816)

Manfred, A Dramatic Poem (1817)

Fom Letter to Thomas Moore (28 February 1817)

From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto IV (1818)

From Letter to John Murray (6 April 1819)

From Don Juan [I-II] (1819)
Canto I
From Canto II

From Letter to August Leigh (26 July 1819)

From Letter to Douglas Kinnaird (26 October 1819)

From Don Juan [III-IV] (1821)
From Canto III
From Canto IV
From Detached Thoughts (1821-1822)
Nos. 79, 80, 83, 91, 95
From Don Juan [VI-XIV] (1823)
From Canto IX
From Canto XIII
From Don Juan [XV-XVI] (1824)
From Canto XV
From Canto XVI

Posthumous Publications

From The Morning Chronicle (1824)
"On this day I complete my thirty sixth year" [1824]
From The Works of Lord Byron (1832-1833)
"Dedication" [to Don Juan] [1819]

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)


From Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude and Other Poems (1816)
Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude
"To Wordsworth"
"Feelings of a Republican on the Fall of Bonaparte"
From History of a Six Weeks' Tour (1817)
"Mont Blanc: Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni"
From The Examiner (1817-1818)
"Hymn to Intellectual Beauty" (1817)
Ozymandias" (1818)
The Cenci: A Tragedy in Five Acts (1819)
The Cenci
From Prometheus Unbound, A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts With Other Poems (1820)
"Ode to the West Wind"
Prometheus Unbound
"To A Skylark"

Adonais (1821)

Posthumous Publications:

From Posthumous Poems of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1824)
"Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples" [1818]
From Julian and Maddalo, A Conversation [1819]
"To----" [1821]
"Lines: 'When the Lamp Is Shattered'" [1822]
The Triumph of Life
From Keepsake for 1829 (1829)
"Essay on Love" [1818]
From The Athenaeum (1832)
"Similes for Two Political Characters of 1819" [1819]
"With a Guitar, to Jane" [1822]
"To Jane: 'The Keen Stars Were Twinkling'" [1822]
From The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley (1839)
"Sonnet: England in 1819" [1819]
"Song to the Men of England" [1819]
From Essays, Letters from Abroad, Translations and Fragments (1840)
From A Defence of Poetry [1821]

Felicia Dorothea Browne Hemans (1793-1835)


From Tales and Historic Scenes in Verse (1819)
"The Widow of Crescentius"
"The Wife of Asdrubal"

The Siege of Valencia (1823)

From The League of the Alps and Other Poems (1826)
"The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers"
"The Graves of a Household"
"To the Poet Wordsworth"
"Evening Prayer, at a Girl's School"

From Letter to Maria Jane Jewsbury (1826)

Letter to an unknown female correspondent (comp. 1828)

From Records of Woman: with Other Poems (1828)
"The Bride of the Greek isle"
"Properzia Rossi"
"The Indian City"
"Indian Woman's Death-Song"
"Joan of Arc, in Rheims"
"Madeline: A Domestic Tale"
"The Memorial Pillar"
"The Homes of England"
"The Image in Lava"

From the Journal of Felicia Hemans (comp. 1828)

From Songs of the Affections (1830)
"A Spirit's Return"
"The Two Homes"
"Corinne at the Capitol"

Posthumous Publications:

From The Poetical Works of Mrs. Hemans (1836)
"Woman and Fame" (1833)

John Clare (1793-1864)


From The Rural Muse (1835)
"The Morning Wind"
"The Nightingales Nest"

Posthumous Publications:

From The Life of John Clare
"I Am" [1842-1864]
From Poems of John Clare (1920)
"The Peasant Poet" [1842-1864]
"An Invite to Eternity" [1842-1864]
From Poems of John Clare (1935)
"The Mores" [1821-1824]
"Pastoral Poesy" [1824-1832]
"Winter Fields" [1832-1835]
"Cottage Fears" [1832-1835]

John Keats (1795-1821)


From Poems (1817)
"How many bards gild the lapses of time"
"On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
"Addressed to the Same"
From Sleep and Poetry
From The Examiner (1817)
"On Seeing the Elgin Marbles"

From Letter to Benjamin Bailey (22 November 1817)

From Letter to George and Tom Keats (21, 27 December 1817)

From Letter to J. H. Reynolds (3 February 1818)

From Letter to John Taylor (27 February 1818)

From Letter to J. H. Reynolds (3 May 1818)

From Letter to Benjamin Bailey (18 July 1818)

From Letter to C . W. Dilke (21 September 1818)

From Letter to Richard Woodhouse (27 October 1818)

From Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (14 . . . 24 . . . October 1818)

From Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (19 February; 19 March; 15, 21, April 1819)

From Letter to Fanny Brawne (25 July 1819)

From Letter to J. H. Reynolds (21 September 1819)

From Letter to George and Georgiana Keats (17, 18 . . . 24 . . . September 1819)

From The Indicator (1820)
"La Belle Dame sans Merci"
From Lamia, Isabella, Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820)
The Eve of St. Agnes
Hyperion: A Fragment
"Ode to Psyche"
"Ode to a Nightingale"
"Ode on a Grecian Urn"
"Ode on Melancholy"
"To Autumn"

From Letter to James Rice (14 February 1820)

From Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley (16 August 1820)

Letter from Joseph Severn to John Taylor (6 March 1821)

Posthumous Publications:

From The Plymouth and Devonport Weekly Journal (1838)
"On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again [1818]
"Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art" [1819]
From Life, Letters, and Literary Remains, of John Keats (1848)
"When I have fears that I may cease to be" [1818]
"Ode on Indolence" [1819]
"La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad" [1819]
From Miscellanies of the Philobiblon Society (1856-1857)
The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream [1819]
From Poetical Works of John Keats (1898)
"This living hand, now warm and capable" [1819]

Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (1797-1851)


From The Journals of Mary Shelley (6-20 March 1815)

From History of a Six Weeks' Tour (1817)

From Letter to Marianne Hunt (29 June 1819)

From Letter to Maria Gisborne (15 August 1822)

From The Journals of Mary Shelley (1824)

Author's Introduction to The Last Man (1826)

From Letter to John Murray (19 January 1830)

From Letter to Maria Gisborne (30 October 1834)

From The Journals of Mary Shelley (21 October 1838)

From Rambles in Germany and Italy, in 1840, 1842, and 1843 (1843)

Posthumous Publications:

Mathilda (1959; comp. 1819)

Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Later MacLean (known as L.E.L) (1802-1838)


From The Improvisatrice (1824)
"Sappho's Song"
From The Troubadour (1825)
"The Proud Ladye"
From The Golden Violet, with Its Tales of Romance and Chivalry (1827)
From "Sir Walter Manny at His Father's Tomb: The Poet's Epilogues"
"Love's Last Lesson"
From The Venetian Bracelet (1829)
The Lost Pleiad
From Traits and Trials of Early Life (1836)
"The History of a Child"

Posthumous Publications:

From The Zenana (1839)
"Felicia Hemans" [1836]

Comprehensive Chronology and Bibliographies

Comprehensive Chronology


Index of Authors, Titles, and First Lines


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