The Oxford Anthology of English Literature

General Editors: Frank Kermode and John Hollander

Romantic Poetry and Prose

Harold Bloom

Yale University

Lionel Trilling

Columbia University

New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1973.

General Editors' Preface

The purpose of the Oxford Anthology is to provide students with a selective canon of the entire range of English Literature from the beginnings to recent times, with introductory matter and authoritative annotation. Its method is historical, in the broadest sense, and its arrangement, commentary, and notes, both analytic and contextual, have benefited not only from the teaching experience of the several editors, but from a study of the virtues and shortcomings of comparable works. A primary aim has been to avoid the insulation of any one section from the influence of others, and more positively, to allow both student and instructor to come to terms with the manner in which English literature has generated its own history. . . .

Frank Kermode
John Hollander

Contents

Romantic Poetry

WILLIAM BLAKE
Poetical Sketches
To Spring, 14
To the Evening Star, 15
Song, 15
Mad Song, 16
To the Muses, 17

Songs of Innocence and of Experience, 17
Songs of Innocence
Introduction, 18
The Lamb, 19
The Little Black Boy, 19
The Chimney Sweeper, 20
The Divine Image, 21
Holy Thursday, 22

Songs of Experience
Introduction, 22
Earth's Answer, 23
Holy Thursday, 24
The Chimney Sweeper, 24
The Sick Rose, 25
The Tyger, 25
Ah! Sun-flower, 26
London, The Human Abstract, 27
To Tirzah, 28
The Book of Thel, 29
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, 33
Visions of the Daughters of Albion, 44
America a Prophecy, 51

° Blake's Notebook
Never Pain To Tell Thy Love, 59
To Nobodaddy, 60
What Is It Men in Women Do Require?, 60
My Spectre Around Me Night & Day, 60
Mock on Mock on Voltaire Rousseau, 62
Morning, 63
When Klopstock England Defied, 63
Epigrams, 64
The Mental Traveller, 65
The Crystal Cabinet, 68
Auguries of Innocence, 69

° The Four Zoas, 72
[Song of Enitharmon], 73
[Song of Enion], 74
Night the Ninth Being The Last Judgment, 75

° Milton, 98
Preface, 99
[Milton's Descent], 100
[The World of Los], 106
[The Vision of Beulah], 107
[Milton's Declaration], 110

Jerusalem
The Emanation of the Giant Albion, 112
[The Spectre of Urthona], 113
[The Minute Particulars], 114
[The Declaration of Los], 115
Epilogue from The Gates of Paradise, 117
[A Vision of the Last Judgment], 117

° The Letters
To Dr. Trusler 23 August 1799, 121
To George Cumberland 12 April 1827, 123

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
Lines Written in Early Spring, 127
Expostulation and Reply, 127
The Tables Turned, 128
To My Sister, 129
The Ruined Cottage, 130
Home at Grasmere, 142
"Prospectus" to The Excursion, 142

Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, 146

Nutting, 150
[The Lucy Poems], 152
Strange Fits of Passion, 152
She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways, 153
Three Years She Grew in Sun and Shower, 153
A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal, 154
I Travelled Among Unknown Men, 155

Lucy Gray, 155
Michael, 157
My Heart Leaps Up, 168
Resolution and Independence, 168
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802, 173
It Is a Beauteous Evening, 173
The World Is Too Much with Us, 174
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, 174
Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood, 175
She Was a Phantom of Delight, 182
Ode to Duty, 182
The Solitary Reaper, 184
Elegiac Stanzas, 185

The Prelude, 187
Book I Introduction -- Childhood and School-Time, 188
Book II School-Time ( continued ), 196
Book IV Summer Vacation, 199
Book V Books, 200
Book VI Cambridge and the Alps, 207
Book VII Residence in London,
Book VIII Retrospect, 214
Book X Residence in France, 217
Book XI France, 219
Book XII Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored,
Book XIV Conclusion, 225

Surprised by Joy, 229
Composed upon an Evening of Extraordinary Splendour and Beauty, 230
Mutability, 232
Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg, 232

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Sonnet: To the River Otter, 236
The Eolian Harp, 236
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, 238
Kubla Khan, 254
Christabel, 257
Frost at Midnight, 273
Dejection: An Ode, 275
Phantom, 279
 To William Wordsworth, 279
On Donne's Poetry, 282
Limbo, 283
Ne Plus Ultra, 284
To Nature, 284
Epitaph, 285

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON
English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, 287
Lara, 290
Stanzas for Music, 292

 ° Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, A Romaunt, 293
Canto the Third, 293
Canto the Fourth, 302

Prometheus, 307
Darkness, 308
Manfred, 310
'So We'll Go No More A-Roving,'314

Don Juan, 315
 Dedication, 316; Selections from Canto I, 320; Canto III, 355; Canto IV, 360;
 Canto V, 361; Canto VII, 363; Canto IX, 365; Canto XI, 369

Stanzas to the Po, 372
The Vision of Judgment, 373
On This Day I Complete My Thirty-sixth Year, 397

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude, 400
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, 408
Mont Blanc, 410
Ozymandias, 414
Julian and Maddalo, 415

Prometheus Unbound, 420
 Preface, 422; Selections from Act 1, 425; Act Il: scene iv, 430; scene v, 433;
 Act 111: scene i, 435; scene ii, 437; scene iii, 438; Act IV, 442

England in 1819, 446
Ode to the West Wind, 447
To a Skylark, 449
The Sensitive Plant, 452
Hymn of Apollo, 453
The Two Spirits: An Allegory, 454

 Epipsychidion, 455
[Three Sermons on Free Love], 455
[The Annihilation of Love], 456

Adonais, 458
To Night, 472
Hellas, 473
With a Guitar, To Jane, 474
Lines Written in the Bay of Lerici, 477
The Triumph of Life, 478

JOHN KEATS
On First Looking into Chapman s Homer, 495
On the Grasshopper and Cricket, 496
Sleep and Poetry, 496
On the Sea, 500
In Drear-Nighted December, 501
Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds, 502
When I Have Fears, 503
Fragment of an Ode to Maia, 503
Hyperion. A Fragment, 504
The Eve of St. Agnes, 524
La Belle Dame Sans Merci, 535
On the Sonnet, 536
Ode to Psyche, 537
Ode to a Nightingale, 538
Ode on a Grecian Urn,
Ode on Melancholy, 542
The Fall of Hyperion. A Dream, 543
To Autumn, 556
To [Fanny Brawne], 557
Bright Star, 558
This Living Hand, 559

Other Romantic Poets

WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES
To the River Itchin, Near Winton, 562

SIR WALTER SCOTT
The Dreary Change, 562
'Proud Maisie,' 563
The Song of the Reim-kennar, 563

WALTER SAVAGE LANDOR
'Lately Our Poets,' 565
[Rose Alymer, 1779-1800], 565
Dirce, 565
On His Seventy-fifth Birthday, 565
Death Stands Above Me, 566
Poem, 566
Autumnal Song, 566
Memory, 566
To Wordsworth, 567

THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK
Song by Mr. Cypress, 569
The War-Song of Dinas Vawr, 569

JOHN CLARE
Pastoral Poesy, 571
Signs of Winter, 572
Badger, 572
To Wordsworth, 573
[Poem], 574
Song [Secret Love], 574
Hesperus, 575
Written in Prison, 575
The Maid o' the West, 576
The Peasant Poet, 577
Poets Love N'ahlre, 577
I Am, 578
An Invite to Eternity, 578
A Vision, 579
Clock-a-Cla , 579
Fragment: Language llas Not the Power, 580
Bird's Nests, 580

GEORGE DARLEY
It Is Not Beauty I Demand, 58
The Phoenix, 582

HARTLEY COLERIDGE
Dedicatory Sonnet to S. T. Coleridge, 584

THOMAS HOOD
Ode: Autumn, 584

THOMAS LOVELL BEDDOES
Lines Written in a Blank Leaf of the Prometheus Unbound, 586
Song, 586
The New Cecilia, 587
Song of the Stygian Naiades, 588

SAMUEL PALMER
Shoreham: Twilight Time, 589

THOMAS WADE
The Winter Shore, 590

Romantic Prose

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
Preface to Lyrical Ballads, 592

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH
The Grasmere Journals, 613

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Biographia Literaria, 634

Selections from Chapter I, B34; Chapter IV, 641; Chapter XIV (complete),
645; Chapter XVII, 654

Organic Form, 655

CHARLES LAMB
Christ's Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago, 659
The Two Races of Men, 669
New Year's Eve, 674
On the Artificial Comedy of the Last Century, 680
Sanity of True Genius, 686

WILLIAM HAZLITT
My First Acquaintance with Poets, 691
On the Feeling of Immortality in Youth, 707
On Gusto, 715

THOMAS DE QUINCEY
Confessions of an English Opium-Eater,
On the Knocking at the Gate in "Macbeth,"
Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow, 735
The Literature of Knowledge and the Literature of Power, 740

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
A Defence of Poetry, 744

JOHN KEATS
 Letters, 762
To Benjamin Bailey ( Nov. 22, 1817), 764
To George and Tom Keats (Dec. 21, 27 (?), 1817), 766
To George and Tom Keats (Jan. 23, 24, 1818), 768
To John Hamilton Reynolds ( Feb. 3, 1818), 770
To John Hamilton Reynolds ( Feb. 19, 1818),
To John Taylor ( Feb. 27, 1818), 773
To John Taylor (April 24, 1818), 774
To John Hamilton Reynolds ( May 3, 1818), 774
To Richard Woodhouse (Oct. 27, 1818), 777
To George and Georgiana Keats (Oct. 14-31, 1818), 778
To George and Georgiana Keats (Feb. 14-May 3, 1819), 780
To George and Georgiana Keats (Sep. 21, 1819), 784
To Percy Bysshe Shelley (Aug. 16, 1820), 784
To Charles Brown (Nov. 30, 1820), 786

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