English Romantic Poetry and Prose

Selected and Edited With Essays and Notes By Russell Noyes.

New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1956.

[1324 pp. total]

[From] Preface.

This work is designed to provide representative readings and an adequate critical apparatus for the student undertaking his first long excursion in the literature of the English Romantic movement. Without departing radically from the canon of settled acceptance, the editor has sought to produce a fresh and stimulating anthology. He has included, besides numerous "new" short pieces, several long works--a notable example is Shelley's Cenci--which have never before appeared uncut in a survey text in English romanticism. Another special features is the generous representation from letters of the time. The romantic writers have left us many superb letters, which not only are delightful reading in themselves but which also often provide insight into the personalities of their authors and illuminate the intentions of their more formal work.

. . . .

With the exception of prose fiction, however, all the forms of literature are fully displayed. The minor writers are represented by some new faces and much new material, which includes besides the indispensable poetical selections, passages from diaries, journals, biography, political tracts, and literary criticism. A plentiful gathering of humorous material, chosen largely from among the minor Romantic voices should provide a welcome light touch to balance the high seriousness of the major poets. . . .



How to Use this Book

Introductory Survey

JAMES THOMSON (1700-1748)
The Seasons
Winter, Preface to the second edition
From Winter
From Summer
From Autumn
A Hymn on the Seasons
From The Castle of Indolence, Canto I

JOHN DYER (1699-1757)
Grongar Hill

EDWARD YOUNG (1683-1765)
The Complaint: or Night Thoughts on Life, Death, and Immortality
From Night the First
From Night the Third
From Conjectures on Original Composition

ROBERT BLAIR (1699-1746)
From The Grave

MARK AKENSIDE (1721-1770)
From The Pleasures of Imagination, Book I

JOSEPH WARTON (1722-1800)
The Enthusiast: or, The Lover of Nature
From An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope

A Song from Shakespeare's 'Cymbelyne'
Ode to Simplicity
Ode on the Poetical Character
Ode Written in the Beginning of the Year 1746
Ode to Evening
An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland

THOMAS GRAY (1716-1771)
Sonnet on the Death of Richard West
Hymn to Adversity
Elegy Written in a Country Church-yard
The Progress of Poesy
The Bard
The Fatal Sisters
The Triumphs of Owen
Selections from Gray's Letters
 I To His Mother
 2 To Richard West
 3 To Horace Walpole
 4 To the Reverend William Mason
 5 To Thomas Warton
From Journal in the Lakes

THOMAS WARTON (1728-1790)
From The Pleasures of Melancholy
The Grave of King Arthur
From Observations on the Faerie Queene of Spenser


HORACE WALPOLE (1717-1797)
From The Castle of Otranto

From Reliques of Ancient English Poetry
The Ancient Ballad of Chevy-Chase
Edward, Edward
Sir Patrick Spence
From Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border
Lord Randal
The Wife of Usher's Well
From Minstrelsy Ancient and Modern
Bonnie George Campbell

The Deserted Village

Bristowe Tragedie: or, The Dethe of Syr Charles
From Aella: A Tragycal Enterlude
  I. Mynstrelles Songe
  II. Mynstrelles Songe
An Excelente Balade of Charitie

From The History of the Caliph Vathek

ANN RADCLIFFE (1764-1823)
From The Mysteries of Udolpho

At Dover Cliffs
The Bells at Ostend
The Influence of Time on Grief
Distant View of England from the Sea

WILLIAM COWPER (1751-1800)
From Olney Hymns
Light Shining Out of Darkness
Walking with God
Addressed to a Young Lady
The Task
From Book I, The Sofa
From Book II, The Time-Piece
From Book III, The Garden
From Book V, The Winter Morning Walk
From Book Vl, The Winter Walk at Noon
On the Receipt of My Mother's Picture
To Mary
The Castaway
Selections from Cowper's Letters
 1 To the Reverend William Unwin
 2 To the Reverend William Unwin
 3 To the Reverend John Newton
 4 To Joseph Johnson, Bookseller
 5 To the Lady Hesketh
 6 To Mrs. Bodham

ROBERT BURNS (1759-1796)
Mary Morison
Green Grow the Rashes, O
Holy Willie's Prayer
Epistle to John Lapraik
The Holy Fair
To a Mouse
The Jolly Beggars
The Cotter's Saturday Night
Address to the Deil
To a Louse
Address to the Unco Guid
To a Mountain Daisy
Of A' the Airts
Go Fetch to Me a Pint o' wine
Auld Lang Syne
John Anderson My Jo
Sweet Afton
Willie Brew'd a Peck O' Maut
Ca' the Yowes
My Heart's in the Highlands
Thou Ling'ring Star
Tam o'Shanter
Ye Flowery Banks
Ae Fond Kiss
Highland Mary
Scots Wha Hae
It Was A'for Our Rightfu' King
My Luve Is Like a Red, Red Rose
Is There for Honest Poverty
O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast

THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809)
From The Rights of Man

WILLIAM GODWIN (1756-1836)
From Enquiry Concerning Political Justice
Of the Right of Private Judgment
Of Forms of Government
Of Free Will and Necessity
Moral Effects of Aristocracy
General Features of Democracy
Of the Dissolution of Government
Of Cooperation, Cohabitation, and Marriage

From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

WILLIAM BLAKE (1757-1827)
From Poetical Sketches
To Spring
To the Evening Star
To Morning
Song: 'How sweet I roam'd'
Song: 'My silks and fine array'
Song: 'Love and harmony combine'
Mad Song: 'The wild winds weep'
Song: 'Fresh from the dewy hill'
To the Muses
From Songs of Innocence
The Shepherd
The Lamb
The Little Black Boy
The Chimney Sweeper
The Little Boy Lost
The Little Boy Found
Laughing Song
A Cradle Song
The Divine Image
Holy Thursday
Nurse's Song
A Dream
On Another's Sorrow
From Songs of Experience
Earth's Answer
The Clod and the Pebble
Holy Thursday
Nurse's Song
The Angel
The Tyger
Ah, Sun-flower
The Garden of Love
The Human Abstract
A Poison Tree
A Little Boy Lost
To Tirzah
The Book of Thel
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Song of Liberty
Never Seek to Tell Thy Love
I Saw a Chapel All of Gold
A Cradle Song
From Visions of the Daughters of Albion
Take Thy Bliss, O, Man
From America: A Prophecy
Empire Is No More
Poems from Blake's Letters to Thomas Butts
I To My Friend Butts I Write
2 With Happiness Stretched Across the Hills
Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau
From The Four Zoas
The Price of Experience
The Mental Traveller
Auguries of Innocence
From Milton
The Wine-Press of Los
Reason and Imagination
The Choir of Day
From Jerusalem
To the Public
To the Deists
To the Christians
To the Queen
Selections from Blake's Letters
I To the Reverend Dr. Trusler
2 To Thomas Butts
From Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds's Discourses
From Annotations to'Poems' by William Wordsworth

Written in Very Early Youth
From An Evening Walk
The Reverie of Poor Susan
The Old Cumberland Beggar
A Night-Piece
We Are Seven
Anecdote for Fathers
The Thorn
Simon Lee
Lines Written in Early Spring
To My Sister
Expostulation and Reply
The Tables Turned
Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey
Lucy Poems
 I Strange Fits of Passion Have I Known
 2 She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways
 3 I Travelled Among Unknown Men
 4 Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower
 5 A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal
A Poet's Epitaph
The Two April Mornings
The Fountain
Lucy Gray
The Prelude: or, Growth of a Poet's Mind

From Book First, Introduction -- Childhood and School-time
From Book Second, School-time (Continued)
From Book Third, Residence at Cambridge
From Book Fourth, Summer Vacation
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 Man
From Book Ninth, Residence in France
From Book Tenth, Residence in France (Continued)
From Book Eleventh, France (Concluded)
From Book Twelfth, Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored
From Book Thirteenth, Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored (Concluded)
From Book Fourteenth Conclusion

'Tis Said That Some Have Died for Love
The Sparrow's Nest
To a Young Lady
To the Cuckoo
My Heart Leaps up When I Behold
Written in March
To a Butterfly
To the Small Celandine
To the Same Flower
Stanzas Written in My Pocket Copy of Thomson's
Castle of Indolence
Resolution and Independence
I Grieved for Buonaparte
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Composed by the Sea-side, Near Calais
It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free
On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic
To Toussaint L'Ouverture
Near Dover
In London, September 1802
London, 1802
Great Men Have Been Among Us
It Is Not to Be Thought of
When I Have Borne in Memory
The World Is Too Much With Us
To H.C.
To the Daisy
To the Same Flower
To the Daisy
The Green Linnet
At the Grave of Burns
To a Highland Girl
Stepping Westward
The Solitary Reaper
Yarrow Unvisited
 October 1803
She Was a Phantom of Delight
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
The Affliction of Margaret
Ode to Duty
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections Early Childhood .
Elegiac Stanzas
Character of the Happy Warrior
Yes, It Was the Mountain Echo
Nuns Fret Not at Their Convent's Narrow Room
Personal Talk
Where Lies the Land
With Ships the Sea Was Sprinkled
To Sleep
Thought of a Briton on the Subjugation of Switzerland
Song at the Feast of Brougham Castle
Here Pause: The Poet Claims at Least This Praise
The Excursion
Prospectus on Man, on Nature and on Human Life
From Book First, The Wanderer Margaret, or the Ruined Cottage
From Book Second, The Solitary
From Book Fourth, Despondency Corrected
From Book Ninth, Discourse of the Wanderer, and an Evening Visit to the Lake
Yarrow Visited
Weak Is the Will of Man, His Judgment Blind
Surprised by Joy -- Impatient as the Wind
Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour and Beauty
Inside of King's Chapel, Cambridge
To a Sky-lark
Scorn Not the Sonnet
Yarrow Revisited
On the Departure of Sir Walter Scott from Abbotsford, for Naples
If Thou Indeed Derive Thy Light from Heaven
Most Sweet It Is with Unuplifted Eyes
A Poet! -- He Hath Put His Heart to School
So Fair, So Sweet, Withal So Sensitive
Preface to the Lyrical Ballads
Appendix to the Lyrical Ballads
Letter to Lady Beaumont

On a Discovery Made Too Late
To a Young Ass
La Fayette
To the Reverend W. I. Bowles
The Eolian Harp
Reflections on Having Left a Place of Retirement
From Religious Musings
From The Destiny of Nations
Ode to the Departing Year
Sonnet to a Friend
This Lime-tree Bower My Prison
Kubla Khan
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Frost at Midnight.
France: An Ode
Fears in Solitude
The Nightingale
The Ballad of the Dark Ladie
Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Dejection: An Ode
Hymn Before Sunrise, in the Vale of Chamouni
Answer to a Child's Question
The Pains of Sleep
To William Wordsworth
Time, Real and Imaginary
The Knight's Tomb
Youth and Age
Work Without Hope
Phantom or Fact
Love's Apparition and Evanishment
Biographia Literaria
  Chapter XIV
  Chapter XVII
  From Chapter XVIII
  From Chapter XXII
From Shakespearean Criticism
  Shakespeare's Judgement Equal to His Genius
  The Characteristics of Shakespeare
  General Characteristics of Shakespeare

From Journals
From Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland, 1803

From Diary and Reminiscences

ROBERT SOUTHEY (1774-1843)
The Battle of Blenheim
The Holly Tree
God's Judgement on a Wicked Bishop
My Days Among the Dead Are Past
From A Vision of Judgement
Imitated from the Persian
From The Life of Nelson
 Chapter IX, The Battle of Trafalgar and the
  Death of Nelson

From Gebir, Book I, Tamar's Wrestling
Rose Aylmer
Past Ruin'd llion
Fiesolan Idyl
On Lucretia Borgia's Hair
To Robert Browning
The Death of Artemidora
Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel
Yes: I Write Verses
 I Know Not Whether I Am Proud
Alas, How Soon the Hours
Various the Roads of Life
Do You Remember Me?
From The Hellenics
 I On the Hellenics
 2 Iphigeneia
 3 The Hamadryad
God Scatters Beauty
Death Stands Above Me
To Youth
To Age
So Then, I Feel Not Deeply!
I Strove With None
There Are Sweet Flowers
To My Ninth Decade
From Imaginary Conversations
 Marcellus and Hannibal
 Leofric and Godiva
 Bossuet and the Duchess de Fontanges
 From Pericles and Aspasia: Letter CCXXXV
 From The Pentameron
The Dream of Boccaccio
The Dream of Petrarca

GEORGE CRABBE (1754-1832)
From The Village: Book I
From The Borough: Peter Grimes

SIR WALTER SCOTT (1771-1832)
William and Helen
The Violet
The Eve of Saint John
From The Lay of the Last Minstrel
 Breathes There the Man
 Song of Albert Graeme
 Harold's Song: Rosabelle
The Maid of Neidpath
Hunting Song
From Marmion
 Where Shall the Lover Rest
 The Battle
From The Lady of the Lake
 The Chase
 Hail to the Chief Who in Triumph Advances
 Hymn to the Virgin
 The Toils Are Pitched
From Rokeby
 Brignall Banks
From Waverley
 Hie Away, Hie Away
From Guy Mannering
 Twist Ye, Twine Ye! Even So
 Wasted, Weary, Wherefore Stay
Lullaby of an Infant Chief
Jock of Hazeldean
Pibroch of Donuil Dhu
From The Antiquary
 Why Sit'st Thou by That Ruin'd Hall
From Old Mortality
 And What Though Winter Will Pinch Severe
From The Heart of Midlothian
 Proud Maisie
 From The Bride of Lammermoor
Lucy Ashton's Song: 'Look Thou Not on Beauty's Charming'
From The Legend of' Montrose
Annot Lyle's Song: 'Birds of Omen'
From Ivanhoe
Rebecca's Hymn
From The Monastery
Border March
From The Doom of Devorgoil
Bonny Dundee
From Redgauntlet
Wandering Willie's Tale

From Memoirs of Sir Walter Scott
 Scott in the Hey-Day of His Fame
Cockney School of Poetry

A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea

From Crabbe's Poems
From Alison's Essays on the Nature and Principles
 of Taste
From Wordsworth's The Excursion
From Keats' Endymion and Poems, 1820

CHARLES LAMB (1775-1834)
Childhood Fled
The Old Familiar Faces
Written at Cambridge
From On the Tragedies of Shakespeare, Considered With Reference to Their Fitness for Stage Presentation
Christ's Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago
The Two Races of Men
Mrs. Battle's Opinions on Whist
Mackery End, in Hertfordshire
The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers
A Dissertation upon Roast Pig
Preface by a Friend of the Late Elia
Poor Relations
Old China
The Superannuated Man
Selections from Lamb's Letters
I To Samuel Taylor Coleridge
2 To Robert Lloyd
3 To William Wordsworth
4 To Thomas M an ning
5 To Thomas Manning
6 To Thomas Manning
7 To Thomas Manning
8 To Samuel Taylor Coleridge
9 To Samuel Taylor Coleridge
10 To Bernard Barton
11 To Dr. Jacob Vale Asbury
12 To Edward Moxon
13 To Mrs. George Dyer

From Characters of Shakespeare's Plays
Henry IV [Falstaff]
Political Essays with Sketches of Public Characters
On the Pleasure of Painting
On Familiar Style
On Going a Journey
My First Acquaintance with Poets
On the Feeling of Immortality in Youth

Confessions of an English Opium Eater
From Preliminary Confessions
From The Pleasures of Opium
From Introduction to the Pains of Opium
From The Pains of Opium
On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth
From Suspiria de Profundis
Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow
Savannah-la- Mar
From The Poetry of Pope
Literature of Knowledge and Literature of Power
From The English Mail-Coach

Endymion: A Poetic Romance by John Keats

From Rural Rides

CHARLES WOLFE (1791-1823)
The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna

From The Pleasures of Hope
Ye Mariners of England
Lochiel's Warning
Lord Ullin's Daughter
The Soldier's Dream
The Battle of the Baltic
The Last Man
The Dead Eagle

THOMAS MOORE (1779-1852)
From Irish Melodies
Oh, Breathe Not His Name!
The Harp That Once Through Tara's Halls
Let Erin Remember the Days of Old
Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young
She Is Far From the Land
The Young May Moon
The Time I've Lost in Wooing
Come, Rest in This Bosom
Dear Harp of My Country
From National Airs
Oh, Come to Me When Daylight Sets
Oft, in the Stilly Night
Hark! The Vesper Hymn Is Stealing
From Lalla Rookh
The Light of the Haram

LEIGH HUNT (1784-1859)
From The Story of Rimini, Canto III
To Hampstead
To the Grasshopper and the Cricket
The Nile
The Fish, the Man, and the Spirit
Abou Ben Adhem
The Old Lady
Getting Up on Cold Mornings
A 'Now'
From Coaches
From On the Realities of Imagination
From What Is Poetry?
From Autobiography
Chapter XIV: Imprisonment

Farewell! If Ever Fondest Prayer
When We Two Parted
From English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
Maid of Athens
She Walks in Beauty
Oh! Snatch'd Away in Beauty's Bloom
The Destruction of Sennacherib
Stanzas for Music: 'There's not a joy the world can give'
Sonnet on Chillon
The Prisoner of Chillon
Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
Canto the Third
From Canto the Fourth
Fare Thee Well!
Stanzas for Music: 'There be None of Beauty's daughters'
Stanzas for Music: 'Though the day of my destiny's over'
Epistle to Augusta
So, We'll Go No More A-roving
To Thomas Moore
Don Juan
 Canto the First
 From Canto the Second
 From Canto the Third
The Isles of Greece
From Canto the Fourth
When a Man Hath No Freedom To Fight for at Home
Who Kill'd John Keats?
The Vision of Judgment
Stanzas Written on the Road Between Florence and Pisa
On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year
Selections from the Letters and Journals of Lord Byron
I To Francis Hodgson
2 To His Mother
  3 To His Mother
 4 To Scrope Berdmore Davies
 5 To Lady Caroline Lamb
 6 To Lady Caroline Lamb
 7 To Miss Milbanke
 8 Journal, November 1813-February 1814
 9 To Lady Melbourne
10 To Thomas Moore
11 To Thomas Moore
12 To Lady Melbourne
13 To Thomas Moore
14 To the Hon. Augusta Leigh
15 To Thomas Moore
16 To Thomas Moore
17 To John Murray
18 To Thomas Moore
19 To Lady Byron
20 To John Murray
21 To Douglas Kinnaird
22 To John Murray
23 To the Countess Guiccioli
24 Extracts from a Diary, January-February 1821
25 To Thomas Moore
26 To Thomas Moore
27 To Lieut.-Colonel Napier
28 To the Hon. Augusta Leigh
29 To Thomas Moore

Stanzas -- April 1814
To Wordsworth
Lines: 'The cold earth slept below'
Alastor: or The Spirit of Solitude
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
Mont Blanc
To Mary
To Constantia Singing
Prometheus Unbound
The Cenci
Lines Written Among the Euganean Hills
Stanzas Written in Dejection, Near Naples
Sonnet: 'Lift not the painted veil'
The Mask of Anarchy
Song to the Men of England
 England in 1819
Ode to the West Wind
The Indian Serenade
Love's Philosophy
The Sensitive Plant
The Cloud
To a Skylark
To -----'I fear thy kisses, gentle maiden'
Hymn of Apollo
Hymn of Pan
The Question
Fragment: To the Moon
Choruses from Hellas
 I 'Life may change, but it may fly not'
 2 'Worlds on worlds are rolling ever'
 3 'Darkness has dawned in the east'
 4 'The world's great age begins anew'
To Night
To -- 'Music, when soft voices die'
Song: 'Rarely, rarely, comest thou'
Political Greatness
A Lament
To -- 'One word is too often profaned'
To -- 'When passion's trance is overpass'
Lines: 'When the lamp is shattered'
With a Guitar: To Jane
A Dirge
From Essay on Christianity
On Love
From A Philosophical View of Reform
A Defence of Poetry
Selections from Shelley's Letters
  I To Thomas Love Peacock
  2 To Leigh Hunt
  3 To John Keats
  4 To William Gifford
  5 To Thomas Love Peacock
  6 To John Gisborne
  7 To Jane Williams

JOHN KEATS (1795-1821)
Imitation of Spenser
Sonnet: To a Young Lady Who Sent Me a Laurel Crown
Sonnet: On a Picture of Leander
How Many Bards Gild the Lapses of Time!
To One Who Has Been Long in City Pent
To My Brother George
To Charles Cowden Clarke
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
Addressed to Haydon
Keen, Fitful Gusts
I Stood Tip-toe
Sleep and Poetry
On the Grasshopper and Cricket
After Dark Vapours
To Leigh Hunt, Esq.
Sonnet: Written at the End of 'The Floure and the Lefe'
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles
On the Sea
Endymion: A Poetic Romance
Book I From Book 11
From Book 111
Book IV
In a Drear-Nighted December
On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again
When I Have Fears
Robin Hood
Lines on the Mermaid Tavern
The Human Seasons
Isabella: or, The Pot of Basil
Fragment of an Ode to Maia
To Ailsa Rock
Ode: 'Bards of Passion and of Mirth'
The Eve of St. Agnes
The Eve of St. Mark
Bright Star
On a Dream
 To Sleep
Two Sonnets on Fame
La Belle Dame sans Merci
Ode to Psyche
Ode on Indolence
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode on a Grecian  Urn
Ode on Melancholy
To  Autumn
The Day Is Gone
To Fanny
From The Fall of Hyperion
Selections ffom Keats's Letters
 I To John Hamilton Reynolds
2 To Leigh Hunt
3 To Benjamin Bailey
4 To Benjamin Bailey
5 To Benjamin Bailey
6 To George and Thomas Keats
7 To Benjamin Bailey
8 To George and Thomas Keats
9 To John Hamilton Reynolds
10 To John Taylor
11 To John Hamilton Reynolds
12 To John Taylor
13 To John Hamilton Reynolds
14 To Benjamin Bailey
15 To James Augustus Hessey
16 To George and Georgiana Keats
17 To Richard Woodhouse
18 To George and Georgiana Keats
19 To Benjamin Robert Haydon
20 To George and Georgiana Keats
21 To Miss Jeffrey [of Teignmouth]
22 To Fanny Brawne
23 To Fanny Brawne
24 To Benjamin Bailey
25 To Fanny Brawne
26 To John Taylor
27 To John Hamilton Reynolds
28 To George and Georgiana Keats
29 To Fanny Brawne
30 To Fanny Brawne
31 To Fanny Brawne
32 To Fanny Brawne
33 To Fanny Brawne
34 To Percy Bysshe Shelley
35 To Charles Armitage Brown

Beneath the Cypress Shade
In His Last Binn Sir Peter Lies
For the Slender Beech and the Sapling Oak
The War Song of Dinas Vawr
From Nightmare Abbey
From Four Ages of Poetry

THOMAS HOOD (1799-1846)
The Death-bed
Faithless Nelly Gray
From Hero and Leander
Fair Ines
I Remember, I Remember
The Stars Are With the Voyager
The Dream of Eugene Aram, the Murderer
Domestic Asides: or, Truth in Parentheses
Sally Simpkin's Lament
The Song of the Shirt
The Bridge of Sighs
Farewell Life

Time's Song
From Every-day Characters
 The Vicar
 The Belle of the Ball-room
From Letters from Teignmouth
 Our Ball
The Talented Man
Stanzas on Seeing the Speaker Asleep in His Chair

JOHN CLARE (1793-1864)
The Wood-cutter's Night Song
The Firetail's Nest
Crows in Spring
Silent Love
The Dying Child
I Am

Poor Old Pilgrim Misery
Songs from Death's Jest-book
  If Thou Wilt Ease Mine Heart
  Old Adam, the Crow Carrion
'How Many Times Do I Love Thee, Dear?'
The Phantom-Wooer
Dirge Written for a Drama
Song of the Stygian Naiades
Stanzas from the Ivory Gate
Silenus in Proteus

Song: 'She is not fair to outward view'
Long Time a Child
'Multum Dilexit'
Hast Thou Not Seen an Aged Rifted Tower

Dark Rosaleen
St. Patrick's Hymn before Tara
The Woman of Three Cows
The Time of the Barmecides
The Nameless One

The Song of the Western Men


Index to Authors, Titles, and First Lines

How to Use this Book

This textbook will be useful primarily for the selected readings it contains of fifty-four representative English Romantic writers. It is axiomatic that the study of any literature should begin and end in what the men of letters themselves created. But the meaning and worth of romantic literature (as of any literature) can be fully arrived at only by specific knowledge of persons, places, and events that appear in the writings; by secondary and supporting writings; by full and accurate biographical information; by the interpretations of later scholars; by critical orientations which embrace the total writings of the individual authors; by historical orientations, including the literary origins of romanticism and the sociological, political, and economic milieu which conditioned the origin, growth, and ultimate attainments of English romanticism. All these helps will be found in this textbook. Naturally they cannot be used all at once.

. . . .

. . . . For the more important writings, critical interpretations are given in the introductory author essays; hence, as the student proceeds, he should turn back to these for further help. Again using Blake as an example, there are separate paragraphs on Poetical Sketches, Songs of Innocence, Songs of Experience, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, and other important works. This same pattern is followed throughout for all the major authors. When the study of an author is concluded, the student may wish to reread the entire introductory author essay for review and to check it against his own evaluations. . . .

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