Romanticism: An Anthology

The Second Edition

edited by Duncan Wu

Oxford: Blackwell, 1998


Titles within square brackets are editorial.

Selected Contents by Theme

Alphabetical List of Authors



A Note for Teachers

Editorial Principles

Inventory of Manuscripts


Richard Price (1723-91)

From A Discourse on the Love of our Country (1789)

[On Representation] (pp. 40-2)

[Prospects for Reform] (pp. 49-51)

Thomas Warton (1728-90)

From Poems (1777)

Sonnet IX. To the River Lodon

Edmund Burke (1729-97)

From A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origins of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful (1757)

Part II, Section iii. Obscurity (pp. 43-5)

From Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790)

[On Englishness] (pp. 127-30)

[Society is a Contract] (pp. 143-7)

William Cowper (1731-1800)

From The Task (1785)

[Crazy Kate] (Book I)

[On Slavery] (Book II)

[The Winter Evening] (Book IV)

From Works ed. Robert Southey (15 vols., 1835-7), x 10

Sweet Meat has Sour Sauce, or The Slave-Trader in the Dumps (composed 1788)

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

From Common Sense (Philadelphia, 1776)

Of the Origin and Design of Government in General (pp. 1-2)

From The Rights of Man Part I (1791)

[Freedom of Posterity] (pp. 8-10)

[On Revolution] (pp. 156-9)

From The Rights of Man Part II (1792)

[Republicanism] (pp. 22-3, 24)

Anna Seward (1742-1809)

From Llangollen Vale, with Other Poems (1796)

To Time Past. Written Dec. 1772

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (née Aikin) (1743-1825)

From Poems (1773)

A Summer Evening's Meditation

From Poems (1792)

Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade

From Works (1825)

The Rights of Woman (composed c.1795)

From The Monthly Magazine 7 (1799) 231-2

To Mr Coleridge (composed c.1797)

Hannah More (1745-1833)

From Sacred Dramas: chiefly intended for young persons: the subjects taken from the Bible. To which is added, Sensibility, A Poem (1782)

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

Cheap Repository: The Sorrows of Yamba, or the Negro Woman's Lamentation (c.1795)

Charlotte Smith (née Turner) (1749-1806)

From Elegiac Sonnets (1784)

Sonnet V. To the South Downs

From Elegiac Sonnets: the third edition. With twenty additional sonnets. (1786)

Sonnet XXXII. To Melancholy. Written on the Banks of the Arun, October 1785

George Crabbe (1754-1832)

From The Borough (1810)

Letter XXII: The Poor of the Borough. Peter Grimes

George Dyer (1755-1841)

From The Complaints of the Poor People of England (1793)

[The Injustice of the Law] (pp. 55-8)

['In deep distress, I cried to God'] (edited from MS)

William Godwin (1756-1836)

From Political Justice (2 vols., 1793)

[On Property] (ii 806-7)

[Love of Justice] (ii 808)

[On Marriage] (ii 849-52)

Ann Yearsley (née Cromartie) (1756-1806)

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

William Blake (1757-1827)

All Religions Are One (composed c.1788)

There is no Natural Religion (composed c.1788)

The Book of Thel (1789)

Songs of Innocence and of Experience (1789-93)

Songs of Innocence (1789)


The Shepherd

The Echoing Green

The Lamb

The Little Black Boy

The Blossom

The Chimney Sweeper

The Little Boy Lost

The Little Boy Found

Laughing Song

A Cradle Song

The Divine Image

Holy Thursday



Nurse's Song

Infant Joy

A Dream

On Another's Sorrow

Songs of Experience (1794)


Earth's Answer

The Clod and the Pebble

Holy Thursday

The Little Girl Lost

The Little Girl Found

The Chimney Sweeper

Nurse's Song

The Sick Rose

The Fly

The Angel

The Tyger

My Pretty Rose-Tree

Ah, Sunflower!

The Lily

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 Schoolboy

The Voice of the Ancient Bard

A Divine Image

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790)

Visions of the Daughters of Albion (1793)

The First Book of Urizen (1794)

From Letter to Revd. Dr Trusler, 23 August 1799 (extract)

From The Pickering Manuscript (composed 1800-4)

The Mental Traveller

The Crystal Cabinet

From The Four Zoas (composed 1803-7)

[Enion's Lamentation] (from 'Night the Second', pp. 35-6)

[Revival of the Eternal Man] (from 'Night the Ninth', pp. 133-5)

From Milton (composed 1803-8)

['And did those feet in ancient time']

Mary Robinson (née Darby) (1758-1800)

From Lyrical Tales (1800)

The Haunted Beach

From Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Robinson (4 vols., 1801)

[My First Encounter with the Prince of Wales] (ii 36-7, 38-9)

Mrs Robinson to the Poet Coleridge (composed October 1800)

Robert Burns (1759-96)

From Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1786)

Epistle to J. L*****k, an old Scotch bard, 1 April 1785

Man was Made to Mourn, A Dirge (composed August 1785)

To a Mouse, on turning her up in her nest, with the plough, November 1785

From Francis Grose, The Antiquities of Scotland (1791) ii 199-201

Tam o' Shanter. A Tale (composed late 1790)

Song (composed by November 1793, published 1796, edited from MS)

Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97)

From A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790)

[On Poverty] (pp. 141-5)

From A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

[On the Lack of Learning] (pp. 40-2)

[A Revolution in Female Manners] (pp. 92-3)

[On State Education] (pp. 386-90)

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

[On Capital Punishment] (pp. 207-8)

[Norwegian Morals] (pp. 213-14)

Helen Maria Williams (1762-1827)

From Julia, A Novel (1790)

The Bastille, A Vision

From Letters written in France in the summer of 1790 (1790)

[A Visit to the Bastille] (pp. 22-4, 29-30)

[On Revolution] (pp. 80-2)

[Retrospect from England] (pp. 217-21)

From Letters containing a Sketch of the Politics of France (1795)

[Madame Roland] (pp. 195-7, 200-1)

William Lisle Bowles (1762-1850)

From Fourteen Sonnets (1789)

Sonnet VIII. To the River Itchin, near Winton

Joanna Baillie (1762-1851)

From A Series of Plays (1798)

[On Passion] (from 'Introductory Discourse') (pp. 38-9)

John Thelwall (1764-1834)

From The Peripatetic (1793)

[The Old Peasant] (iii 137-41)

From Poems written in close confinement in the Tower and Newgate upon a charge of treason (1795)

Stanzas on hearing for certainty that we were to be tried for high treason (composed 28 September 1794)

From The Tribune (1795)

Dangerous tendency of the attempt to suppress political discussion (published 21 March 1795) (i 25- 6)

Civic oration on the anniversary of the acquittal of the lecturer [5 December], being a vindication of the principles, and a review of the conduct, that placed him at the bar of the Old Bailey. Delivered Wednesday 9 December 1795. (extract) (iii 257-60)

From A Letter from John Thelwall to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 10 May 1796 (extract) (edited from MS)

From Poems written chiefly in retirement (1801)

Lines written at Bridgwater in Somersetshire, on 27 July 1797, during a long excursion in quest of a peaceful retreat

To the Infant Hampden. Written during a sleepless night. Derby. October 1797.

Mary Anne Lamb (1764-1847)

From Letter from Mary Anne Lamb to Dorothy Wordsworth, 7 May 1805 (extract)

From The London Magazine 6 (1822) 36

The Two Boys

From The Keepsake for 1829 (1828)

What is Love? (signed 'M.L.') (p. 237)

Ann Radcliffe (née Ward) (1764-1823)

From The Mysteries of Udolpho (4 vols., 1794)

Rondeau (ii 59-60)

From A Journey made in the Summer of 1794 (1795)

[The Road to Emont] (pp. 407-8)

[The Jaws of Borrowdale] (p. 465)

[Grasmere] (p. 470)

Ann Batten Cristall (born c. 1769)

From Poetical Sketches (1795)

Morning. Rosamonde.

Evening. Gertrude.

Verses Written in the Spring

An Ode

James Mackintosh (1765-1832)

From Vindiciae Gallicae (1791)

Popular Excesses which Attended the Revolution (pp. 162-4)

Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823)

From The Farmer's Boy (1800)

Spring (extract)

Summer (extract)

Amelia Opie (née Alderson) (1769-1853)

From The Warrior's Return, and Other Poems (1808)

Ode to Borrowdale in Cumberland (written in 1794)

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798)

Advertisement (by Wordsworth, composed June 1798)

The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, in seven parts (by Coleridge, composed November 1797-March 1798)

The Foster-Mother's Tale: A Dramatic Fragment (by Coleridge, extracted from Osorio, composed 1797)

Lines left upon a seat in a Yew-Tree which stands near the Lake of Esthwaite, on a desolate part of the shore, yet commanding a beautiful prospect (by Wordsworth, composed April-May 1797)

The Nightingale; A Conversational Poem, written in April 1798 (by Coleridge)

The Female Vagrant (by Wordsworth, derived from 'Salisbury Plain', probably composed between late summer 1793)

Goody Blake and Harry Gill: A True Story (by Wordsworth, composed 7-13 March 1798)

Lines written at a small distance from my house, and sent by my little boy to the person to whom they are addressed (by Wordsworth, composed 1-9 March 1798)

Simon Lee, the old Huntsman, with an incident in which he was concerned (by Wordsworth, composed between March and 16 May 1798)

Anecdote for Fathers, showing how the art of lying may be taught (by Wordsworth, composed between April and 16 May 1798)

We are seven (by Wordsworth, composed between April and 16 May 1798)

Lines written in early spring (by Wordsworth, composed c. 12 April 1798)

The Thorn (by Wordsworth, composed between 19 March and 20 April 1798)

The Last of the Flock (by Wordsworth, composed between March and 16 May 1798)

The Dungeon (by Coleridge, extracted from Osorio, composed 1797)

The Mad Mother (by Wordsworth, composed between March and 16 May 1798)

The Idiot Boy (by Wordsworth, composed between March and 16 May 1798)

Lines written near Richmond, upon the Thames, at Evening (by Wordsworth, derived from a sonnet written 1789, complete in this form by 29 March 1797)

Expostulation and Reply (by Wordsworth, composed probably 23 May 1798)

The Tables Turned: an evening scene, on the same subject (by Wordsworth, composed probably 23 May 1798)

Old Man Travelling; Animal Tranquillity and Decay, A Sketch (by Wordsworth, composed by June 1797)

The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman (by Wordsworth, composed between early March and 16 May 1798)

The Convict (by Wordsworth, composed between 21 March and October 1796)

Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey, on revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour, 13 July 1798 (by Wordsworth, composed 10-13 July 1798)

William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

A Night-Piece (composed by 25 January 1798; edited from MS)

The Discharged Soldier (composed late January 1798; edited from MS)

The Ruined Cottage (composed 1797-1798; edited from MS)

The Pedlar (composed February-March 1798, edited from MS)

[There is an active principle] (extract) (composed February-March 1798; edited from MS)

[Not Useless do I Deem] (extract) (composed early March 1798; edited from MS)

[The Two-Part Prelude] (Part I composed October 1798-February 1799; Part II, autumn 1799; edited from MS)

From Lyrical Ballads (2nd ed., 2 vols., 1800)

There was a boy (composed between 6 October and early December 1798)

Nutting (composed between 6 October and 28 December 1798)

Strange fits of passion I have known (composed between 6 October and 28 December 1798)

Song (composed between 6 October and 28 December 1798)

A slumber did my spirit seal (composed between 6 October and 28 December 1798)

Three years she grew in sun and shower (composed between 6 October and 28 December 1798)

[The Prelude: Glad Preamble] (composed late November 1799; edited from MS)

[Prospectus to 'The Recluse'] (composed probably November or December 1799; edited from MS)

From Lyrical Ballads (2nd ed., 2 vols., 1800)

The Brothers: A Pastoral Poem (composed December 1799-early March 1800)

Note to 'The Thorn' (composed late September 1800) (i 211-14)

Michael: A Pastoral Poem (composed October-December 1800)

From Poems in Two Volumes (1807)

I travelled among unknown men (composed c. 29 April 1801)

From Lyrical Ballads (2 vols., 1802)

Preface (extracts) (composed September 1800; this version revised January-April 1802)

Appendix (extracts) (composed early 1802)

From Poems in Two Volumes (1807)

To H.C., Six Years Old (composed probably between 4 March and 4 April 1802)

The Rainbow (composed probably 26 March 1802)

[These chairs they have no words to utter] (composed c.22 April 1802; edited from MS)

From Poems in Two Volumes (1807)

Resolution and Independence (composed probably 3 May-4 July 1802)

The world is too much with us (composed May/June 1802)

To Toussaint L'Ouverture (composed August 1802)

It is a beauteous evening, calm and free (composed 1-29 August 1802)

1 September 1802 (composed 29 August-1 September 1802)

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, 3 September 1802 (composed 31 July-3 September 1802)

London 1802 (composed September 1802)

Great men have been among us (composed summer 1802)

Ode (stanzas 1-4 composed 27 March 1802; stanzas 5-8, 17 June 1804)

From The Five-Book Prelude (February-March 1804; edited from MS)

[The Infant Prodigy] from Book IV

From Poems in Two Volumes (1807)

Daffodils (composed March 1804-April 1807)

Stepping Westward (composed 3 June 1805)

The Solitary Reaper (composed 5 November 1805)

From The Thirteen-Book Prelude (composed 1804-6; edited from MS)

[The Arab Dream] (from Book V)

[Crossing the Alps] (from Book VI)

[The London Beggar] (from Book VII)

[London and the Den of Yordas] (from Book VIII)

[Paris, December 1791] (from Book IX)

[Blois, spring 1792] (from Book IX)

[Beaupuy] (from Book IX)

[Godwinism] (from Book X)

[Confusion and Recovery; Racedown, spring 1796] (from Book X)

[The Climbing of Snowdon] (from Book XIII)

From Poems in Two Volumes (1807)

Elegiac Stanzas, Suggested by a Picture of Peele Castle in a Storm, Painted by Sir George Beaumont (composed between 20 May and 27 June 1806)

A Complaint (composed between 30 October 1806 and April 1807)

Star Gazers (composed November 1806)

[St Paul's] (composed 1808; edited from MS)

From The Excursion (1814)

[Cloudscape New Jerusalem] (From Book II) (composed between 1809 and 1812)

From Poems (1815)

Surprised by joy - impatient as the wind (composed between 1812 and 1814)

From Poems (1815)

Preface (extract) (pp. xx-xxviii)

From The River Duddon (1820)

Conclusion (composed 1818-20)

From The Fourteen-Book Prelude (1850)

[Genius of Burke!] (composed by 1832; edited from MS)

From Yarrow Revisited, and Other Poems (1835)

Airey-Force Valley (composed September 1835)

From The Newcastle Journal 4 (5 December 1835) No. 188

Extempore Effusion, Upon Reading, in the Newcastle Journal, the Notice of the Death of the Poet, James Hogg (composed c.30 November 1835)

From The Fenwick Notes (dictated 1843)

On the 'Ode' (extract)

On 'We are Seven' (extract)

James Hogg (1770-1835)

From The Queen's Wake (1813)

The Witch of Fife

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

From The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805)

Caledonia (from Canto Six)

From Marmion (1808)

Lochinvar (from Canto Five)

From Tales of My Landlord (4 vols., 1819); The Bride of Lammermoor

Lucy Ashton's Song (i 68)

From J. G. Lockhart, Memoirs of the Life of Scott (1837-8)

Scott's Diary. 12 February 1826.

Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855)

From The Grasmere Journals

Wednesday 3 September 1800

Friday 3 October 1800 (extract)

Thursday 15 April 1802

Thursday 29 April 1802

4 October 1802

A Cottage in Grasmere Vale (composed c.1805, edited from MS)

After-recollection at sight of the same cottage (edited from MS)

A Winter's Ramble in Grasmere Vale (edited from MS)

A Sketch (composed by 1826; edited from MS)

Floating Island at Hawkshead: An Incident in the Schemes of Nature (composed during the 1820s; edited from MS)

Thoughts on my Sickbed (composed c.1831; edited from MS)

When shall I tread your garden path (composed 11 November 1835; edited from MS)

'Charlotte Dacre' (Charlotte Byrne, née King) (?1771/2-1825)

From Hours of Solitude (1805)

Il Trionfo del Amor

To him who says he loves

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

From Sonnets from Various Authors (1796)

Sonnet V. To the River Otter (composed c.1793)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to George Dyer, 10 March 1795 (extract)

From Poems on Various Subjects (1796)

Effusion XXXV. Composed 20 August 1795, at Clevedon, Somersetshire

From Poems (1797)

Reflections on having left a Place of Retirement (first published as Reflections on entering into active life. A poem which affects not to be poetry; composed November 1795)

Religious Musings (extract) (composed 1794-6)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to John Thelwall, 19 November 1796 (extract)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Robert Southey, 17 July 1797 (including early version of This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison) (extract)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to John Thelwall, 14 October 1797 (extract)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Thomas Poole, 16 October 1797 (extract)

Kubla Khan (composed early November 1797; edited from MS)

From Fears in Solitude, written in 1798 during an alarm of an invasion; to which are added France: an ode; and Frost at Midnight (1798)

Frost at Midnight (composed February 1798)

France: An Ode (composed February 1798)

Fears in Solitude. Written April 1798, During the Alarms of an Invasion (composed 20 April 1798)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Thomas Poole, 6 April 1799 (extract)

From The Annual Anthology (1800)

Lines Written in the Album at Elbingerode, in the Hartz Forest (composed by 17 May 1799)

From Christabel; Kubla Khan: a vision; The Pains of Sleep (1816)

Christabel (Part I composed c. February 1798; Part II composed by 18 August 1800; Conclusion to Part II composed c. 6 May 1801)

The Day-Dream (composed probably March 1802, published The Morning Post 19 October 1802; edited from MS)

From The Morning Post No. 10,584 (6 September 1802)

The Picture; or, The Lover's Resolution (composed March 1802)

Letter to Sara Hutchinson, 4 April 1802. Sunday Evening. (edited from MS)

From The Bijou (1828)

A Day-Dream (composed June 1802; published 1828)

From The Morning Post No.10,589 (11 September 1802)

Chamouny; the Hour Before Sunrise. A Hymn. (composed not before 26 August 1802)

From The Morning Post No.10,608 (4 October 1802)

Dejection: An Ode, written 4 April 1802

From The Morning Post No.10,614 (11 October 1802)

Spots in the Sun

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Robert Southey, 11 September 1803 (extract) (including early version of The Pains of Sleep)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Thomas Poole, 14 October 1803 (extract)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to Richard Sharp, 15 January 1804 (extract)

To William Wordsworth. Lines composed, for the greater part, on the night on which he finished the recitation of his poem in Thirteen Books, concerning the growth and history of his own mind, January 1807, Coleorton, near Ashby-de-la-Zouch (composed January 1807; first published 1817; edited from MS)

On Donne's First Poem (composed c.2 May 1811; edited from MS)

From Letter from S. T. Coleridge to William Wordsworth, 30 May 1815 (extract)

From Christabel; Kubla Khan: a vision; The Pains of Sleep (1816)

Of the Fragment of 'Kubla Khan'

Kubla Khan (composed early November 1797)

The Pains of Sleep (composed by 10 September 1803)

From Biographia Literaria ed. Henry Nelson and Sara Coleridge (2 vols., 1847)

Chapter 13 (extract) (i 297-8)

Chapter 14 (extracts) (ii 1-9, 13-14)

From Sibylline Leaves (1817)

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In seven parts.

Dejection: An Ode

From Table Talk (edited from MS)

[On 'The Ancient Mariner'] (dictated 30 May 1830)

[The True Way for a Poet] (dictated 19 September 1830)

[On 'The Recluse'] (dictated 21 July 1832)

[Keats] (dictated 11 August 1832)

From The Poetical Works of S. T. Coleridge (1834)

The Eolian Harp. Composed at Clevedon, Somersetshire.

This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison

Frost at Midnight

Mary Tighe (née Blachford) (1772-1810)

From Psyche, with Other Poems (3rd ed., 1811)

Psyche; or The Legend of Love (from Canto One)

Francis, Lord Jeffrey (1773-1850)

From Edinburgh Review 24 (1814) 1-30

Review of William Wordsworth, 'The Excursion' (extracts)

Robert Southey (1774-1843)

From Joan of Arc (1796)

[Natural Religion] (from Book III)

From The Monthly Magazine 4 (1797) 287

Hannah, A Plaintive Tale (composed by 15 September 1797)

From The Morning Post No.9198 (30 June 1798)

The Idiot

From Critical Review 24 (1798) 197-204

Review of William Wordsworth and S. T. Coleridge, 'Lyrical Ballads' (1798)

From Poems (1799)

The Sailor who had Served in the Slave-Trade

From The Annual Anthology (1800)

The Battle of Blenheim

Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

From Letter from Charles Lamb to S. T. Coleridge, 27 September 1796 (extract)

From Blank Verse by Charles Lloyd and Charles Lamb (1798)

The Old Familiar Faces (composed January 1798)

From Letter from Charles Lamb to William Wordsworth, 30 January 1801 (extract)

From Letter from Charles Lamb to Thomas Manning, 22 August 1801

[On Mackintosh]

From Letter from Charles Lamb to John Taylor, 30 June 1821 (extract)

From Elia (1823)

Imperfect Sympathies

Witches, and Other Night-Fears

Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864)

From Simonidea (1806)

Rose Aylmer

From Imaginary Conversations (1824)


From Gebir, Count Julian, and Other Poems (1831)

Faesulan Idyl (composed c. 1830)

From Leigh Hunt's London Journal No.63 (13 June 1835) 181

To the Sister of Charles Lamb

Charles Lloyd (1775-1839)

From Blank Verse by Charles Lloyd and Charles Lamb (1798)


Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan (1776-1859)

From The Lay of an Irish Harp, or Metrical Fragments (1807)

The Irish Harp: Fragment I

William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

From The Round Table (1817)

On Gusto

From The Liberal 2 (1823) 23-46

My First Acquaintance with Poets

From The Spirit of the Age (1825)

Mr Coleridge

Thomas Moore (1779-1852)

From The Poetical Works of the Late Thomas Little Esq. (1801)

Love in a Storm

From Irish Melodies (2nd ed., 1822)

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms

In the Morning of Life

James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)

From The Examiner No.385 (14 May 1815) 316

To Hampstead (composed 7 May 1815)

From Foliage (1818)

To Percy Shelley, on the degrading notions of deity

To the Same

To John Keats (composed 1 December 1816)

From The Indicator 1 (1820) 300-2

A Now, Descriptive of a Hot Day

From The Morning Chronicle 2 (1838) 436

Rondeau (composed 1838)

John Wilson ('Christopher North') (1785-1854)

From The Isle of Palms and Other Poems (1812)

Sonnet III. Written at Midnight, on Helm Crag

Sonnet VII. Written on Skiddaw, during a Tempest

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 15 (1824) 371-3

Noctes Ambrosianae No.XIV

Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859)

From Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1822)

[Ann of Oxford Street] (pp. 47-53)

[The Malay] (pp. 129-34)

[The Pains of Opium] (pp. 155-60)

[Oriental Dreams] (pp. 167-72)

[Easter Sunday] (pp. 173-7)

From London Magazine 8 (1823) 353-6

On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth (first published under the pseudonym, 'X.Y.Z.')

From Tait's Edinburgh Magazine 6 (1839) 94

[On Wordsworth's 'There was a boy']

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 57 (1845) 278-81

Suspiria De Profundis: The Affliction of Childhood (extract)

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 57 (1845) 742-3

Suspiria De Profundis: The Palimpsest (extract)

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 57 (1845) 750-1

Suspiria De Profundis: Finale to Part I. Savannah-la-Mar

Lady Caroline Lamb (née Ponsonby) (1785-1828)

From Glenarvon (1816)

My Heart's fit to Break

A New Canto (1819)

From Fugitive Pieces and Reminiscences of Lord Byron with Some Original Poetry, Letters and Recollections of Lady Caroline Lamb ed. Isaac Nathan (1829)

Would I had seen thee dead and cold

Benjamin Robert Haydon (1786-1846)

[The Immortal Dinner]

Richard Woodhouse, Jr. (1788-1834)

From Letter from Richard Woodhouse to John Taylor, c.27 October 1818 (extract)

From Letter from Richard Woodhouse to John Taylor, 19 September 1819 (extract)

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (1788-1824)

From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt (1812)

Written Beneath a Picture (composed c. January 1812)

From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt (2nd ed., 1812)

Stanzas (composed c.February 1812)

From Hebrew Melodies (1815)

She Walks in Beauty (composed c.12 June 1814)

From Poems (1816)

When we two parted (composed August or September 1815)

From Poems (1816)

Fare Thee Well! (composed 18 March 1816)

Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

Canto the Third (composed 25 April-4 July 1816; published 18 November 1816)

From The Prisoner of Chillon and Other Poems (1816)

Prometheus (composed July or early August 1816)

Stanzas to Augusta (composed 24 July 1816

Epistle to Augusta (composed August 1816; edited from MS)

Darkness (composed between 21 July and 25 August 1816)

Manfred, A Dramatic Poem (composed September 1816-15 February 1817; published 1817)

From Letter from Lord Byron to Thomas Moore, 28 February 1817 (extract) (including 'So we'll go no more a-roving')

Don Juan (edited from MS)

Dedication (composed 3 July-6 September 1818)

Canto I

Canto II (composed 13 December 1818-mid January 1819)

To the Po. 2 June 1819 (composed 1 or 2 June 1819; first published 1824; edited from MS)

From Letter from Lord Byron to Douglas Kinnaird, 26 October 1819 (extract)

Messalonghi, 22 January 1824. On this day I complete my thirty-sixth year. (first

published 1824; edited from MS)

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

From Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude, and Other Poems (1816)

To Wordsworth (composed probably September-October 1815)

Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude (composed 10 September-14 December 1815)

From The Examiner No.473 (19 January 1817) 41

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty (composed between 22 June and 29 August 1816; edited from printed text corrected by Shelley)

From Letter from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Thomas Love Peacock (extract)

From History of a Six Weeks' Tour through a Part of France, Switzerland, Germany and Holland by Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley (1817)

Mont Blanc. Lines written in the Vale of Chamouni. (composed between 22 July and 29 August 1816)

From The Examiner No.524 (11 January 1818) 24

Ozymandias (composed c. December 1817)

On Love (composed probably 20-25 July 1818; edited from MS)

From Rosalind and Helen (1819)

Lines written among the Euganean Hills, October 1818

From Prometheus Unbound (1820)

Ode to the West Wind (composed c.25 October 1819)

From Essays, Letters from Abroad, Translations and Fragments (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1840)

On Life (composed late 1819) (i 176-81)

From Prometheus Unbound (1820)

Prometheus Unbound; A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts (composed September 1818-December 1819; edited from printed and MS sources)

The Mask of Anarchy. Written on the Occasion of the Massacre at Manchester (composed 5-23 September 1819; edited from MS)

England in 1819 (composed by 23 December 1819; published 1839; edited from MS)

Sonnet (composed 1819; first published 1824; edited from MS)

From Prometheus Unbound (1820)

To a Skylark (composed late June 1820)

A Defence of Poetry; or, Remarks Suggested by an Essay Entitled 'The Four Ages of Poetry' (extracts) (composed February-March 1821; first published 1840; edited from MS)

Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats, author of Endymion, Hyperion, etc. (1821; composed between 11 April and 8 June 1821)

Felicia Dorothea Hemans (née Browne) (1793-1835)

From Records of Woman: With Other Poems (1828)

Properzia Rossi

Indian Woman's Death Song

The Grave of a Poetess

From The Forest Sanctuary: With Other Poems (second edition, 1829)


From Songs of the Affections, with Other Poems (1830)

The Land of Dreams

Nature's Farewell

Second Sight

From The New Monthly Magazine 43 (1835) 329

Thoughts During Sickness: II. Sickness Like Night

John Clare (1793-1864)

From The London Magazine 6 (1822) 151

To Elia (unsigned)

Sonnet (first published London Magazine 6 (1822) 272; edited from MS)

From The Shepherd's Calendar (first published 1827; edited from MS)

January (A Cottage Evening) (extract)

June (extract)

To the Snipe (composed before 1831)

The Flitting (composed 1832; edited from MS)

The Badger (composed between 1835 and 1837; edited from MS)

A Vision (composed 2 August 1844; edited from MS)

'I am' (composed by 20 December 1846; edited from MS)

An Invite to Eternity (composed by July 1847; edited from MS)

Little Trotty Wagtail (composed 9 August 1849; edited from MS)

Silent Love (composed between 1842 and 1864; edited from MS)

'O could I be as I have been' (composed between 1842 and 1864; edited from MS)

John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854)

From Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine 3 (1818) 519-24

The Cockney School of Poetry No.IV (signed 'Z.') (extracts)

From Andrew Lang, The Life and Letters of John Gibson Lockhart (1897)

When youthful faith has fled (composed 21 June 1841)

John Keats (1795-1821)

From Poems (1817)

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer (composed October 1816)

Addressed to Haydon (composed 19 or 20 November 1816)

From Endymion: A Poetic Romance (composed April-November 1817; published 1818)

Book I (extracts)

['A thing of beauty is a joy for ever']

[Hymn to Pan]

[The Pleasure Thermometer]

From Letter from John Keats to Benjamin Bailey, 22 November 1817 (extract)

From Letter from John Keats to George and Tom Keats, 21 December 1817 (extract)

On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again (composed 22 January 1818; published 1838; edited from MS)

Sonnet (composed 22-31 January 1818; edited from MS)

From Letter from John Keats to John Hamilton Reynolds, 3 February 1818 (extract)

From Letter from John Keats to John Hamilton Reynolds, 3 May 1818 (extract)

From Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St Agnes, and Other Poems (1820)

Hyperion: A Fragment (composed late September-1 December 1818; abandoned April 1819)

Letter from John Keats to Richard Woodhouse, 27 October 1818

The Eve of St Agnes (composed 18 January-2 February 1819)

From Letter from John Keats to George and Georgiana Keats, 14 February-3 May 1819 (extracts)

La Belle Dame Sans Merci: A Ballad (composed 21 or 28 April 1819; edited from MS)

From Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820)

Ode to Psyche (composed 21-30 April 1819)

Ode to a Nightingale (composed May 1819)

Ode on a Grecian Urn (composed c.May 1819)

Ode on Melancholy (composed c.May 1819)

Ode on Indolence (composed between 19 March and 9 June 1819; edited from MS)

Lamia (Part I written c. 28 June and 11 July 1819, completed 12 August-c. 5 September 1819, revised March 1820)

To Autumn (composed c. 19 September 1819)

The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream (composed July-September 1819; edited from MS)

Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art (composed October-December 1819; edited from MS)

[This living hand, now warm and capable] (composed towards the end of 1819)

Hartley Coleridge (1796-1849)

From Poems (1833)

Sonnet IX

From Essays and Marginalia ed. Derwent Coleridge (1851)


XV. To Wordsworth

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin) (1797-1851)

From Journals (edited from MS)

28 May 1817

15 May 1824

On Reading Wordsworth's Lines on Peele Castle (composed 8 December 1825; edited from MS)

A Dirge (composed November 1827; edited from MS)

Oh listen while I sing to thee (composed 12 March 1838; edited from MS)

From The Poetical Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley ed. Mary Shelley (4 vols., 1839)

Note on the 'Prometheus Unbound' (extracts) (ii 132-6, 137-40)

Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-38)

From The Improvisatrice and Other Poems (1824)

When should lovers breathe their vows?

From New Monthly Magazine 44 (1835) 286-8

Stanzas on the Death of Mrs Hemans

From The Zenana, and Minor Poems of L.E.L. (1839)

On Wordsworth's Cottage, near Grasmere Lake

From Life and Literary Remains of L.E.L. (1841)

A Poet's Love

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61)

From The Globe and Traveller No.6733 (30 June 1824)

Stanzas on the Death of Lord Byron (composed shortly after 14 May 1824)

From New Monthly Magazine 45 (1835) 82

Stanzas Addressed to Miss Landon, and suggested by her 'Stanzas on the Death of Mrs Hemans' (signed 'B.')

From The Athenaeum No.587 (26 January 1839) 69

L.E.L.'s Last Question

From The Athenaeum No.783 (29 October 1842) 932

Sonnet on Mr Haydon's Portrait of Mr Wordsworth

Index of titles and first lines

Index to the headnotes and notes

Selected Contents by Theme

Revolution and Republicanism

Richard Price, On Representation

-----, Prospects for Reform

Edmund Burke, On Englishness

-----, Society is a Contract

Thomas Paine, Of the Origin and Design of Government

William Godwin, On Property

Mary Wollstonecraft, On Poverty

Helen Maria Williams, The Bastille, A Vision

James Mackintosh, Popular Excesses which Attended the Revolution

William Wordsworth, London 1802


William Wordsworth, Genius of Burke!

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, France: An Ode

-----, Fears in Solitude


Thomas Warton, To the River Lodon

Anna Seward, To Time Past

Charlotte Smith, To the South Downs

William Lisle Bowles, To the River Itchin

William Wordsworth, Anecdote for Fathers

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, To the River Otter

-----, Frost at Midnight

Thomas De Quincey, The Affliction of Childhood


William Cowper, On Slavery

-----, Sweet Meat has Sour Sauce

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Epistle to William Wilberforce

Hannah More, The Sorrows of Yamba

Ann Yearsley, A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade

Robert Southey, The Sailor who had Served in the Slave-Trade

Women's Rights

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, The Rights of Woman

William Blake, Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Mary Wollstonecraft, On the Lack of Learning


Hannah More, Sensibility

Charlotte Smith, To Melancholy

Political Protest

George Dyer, The Injustice of the Law

William Blake, London

Mary Wollstonecraft, On Capital Punishment

John Thelwall, The Old Peasant

William Wordsworth, The Last of the Flock

Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Mask of Anarchy

Language and Rhetoric

Joanna Baillie, On Passion

John Thelwall, letter to Coleridge

William Wordsworth, Note to The Thorn

-----, Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

About the Romantics

Anna Laetitia Barbauld, To Mr Coleridge

Mary Robinson, Mrs Robinson to the Poet Coleridge

John Thelwall, Lines Written at Bridgwater in Somersetshire

Mary Anne Lamb, letter to Dorothy Wordsworth

William Wordsworth, A Complaint

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, To William Wordsworth

-----, Keats

William Hazlitt, My First Acquaintance with Poets

-----, Mr Coleridge

James Henry Leigh Hunt, To John Keats

Benjamin Robert Haydon, The Immortal Dinner

Percy Bysshe Shelley, To Wordsworth

John Clare, To Elia

John Keats, Addressed to Haydon

Hartley Coleridge, To Wordsworth

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Journals

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stanzas on the Death of Lord Byron

-----, Sonnet on Mr Haydon's Portrait of Mr Wordsworth

The Natural World

Robert Bloomfield, Spring

-----, Summer

William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey

John Clare, January

The Lake District

Ann Radcliffe, The Road to Emont

Amelia Opie, Ode to Borrowdale in Cumberland

William Wordsworth, The Two-Part Prelude


William Wordsworth, Expostulation and Reply

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, letter to Poole


William Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey


William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

-----, letter to Dr Trusler

William Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan

William Hazlitt, On Gusto

Thomas De Quincey, The Pains of Opium

Percy Bysshe Shelley, Alastor

John Keats, letter to Bailey


William Blake, All Religions are One

Ann Batten Cristall, An Ode

William Wordsworth, There is an active principle

Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Religious Musings

Robert Southey, Natural Religion

James Henry Leigh Hunt, To Percy Shelley

-----, To the Same


William Wordsworth, The Female Vagrant

Robert Southey, The Battle of Blenheim


Francis, Lord Jeffrey, Review of Wordsworth, The Excursion

Robert Southey, Review of Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads

John Gibson Lockhart, The Cockney School of Poetry

The City

William Blake, London

William Wordsworth, London and the Den of Yordas

Charles Lloyd, London

Alphabetical List of Authors

Joanna Baillie

Anna Laetitia Barbauld

William Blake

Robert Bloomfield

William Lisle Bowles

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Edmund Burke

Robert Burns

Charlotte Byrne

George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

John Clare

Hartley Coleridge

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

William Cowper

George Crabbe

Ann Batten Cristall

'Charlotte Dacre'

Thomas De Quincey

George Dyer

William Godwin

Benjamin Robert Haydon

William Hazlitt

Felicia Dorothea Hemans

James Hogg

James Henry Leigh Hunt

Francis, Lord Jeffrey

John Keats

Lady Caroline Lamb

Charles Lamb

Mary Anne Lamb

Letitia Elizabeth Landon

Walter Savage Landor

Charles Lloyd

John Gibson Lockhart

James Mackintosh

Thomas Moore

Hannah More

Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan

Amelia Opie

Sydney Owenson, Lady Morgan

Thomas Paine

Richard Price

Ann Radcliffe

Mary Robinson

Sir Walter Scott

Anna Seward

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Charlotte Smith

Robert Southey

John Thelwall

Mary Tighe

Thomas Warton

Helen Maria Williams

John Wilson ('Christopher North')

Mary Wollstonecraft

Richard Woodhouse, Jr.

Dorothy Wordsworth

William Wordsworth

Ann Yearsley

A Note for Teachers

Those using this book as a teaching text may appreciate a brief note as to ways in which it may be used. As in most anthologies of this kind, works are grouped under author, and that provides one way in which the teacher may readily cover the period. Another, equally effective method, is to deal with the literature by subject. For this reason I provided a subject index to the first edition, in addition to which this second edition contains a table of contents listed by theme. My own teaching syllabus, which covers a nine-week teaching term at the University of Glasgow, is organized by subject. Each week, a topic relevant to the period is covered through both canonical and non-canonical writers. Although seminars tend to concentrate on one or two major works, thematic connections are made across the entire range of items listed for reading. Depending on student response, class discussion can gravitate toward any of the prescribed works. This is admittedly a different way of approaching the subject from those biased towards authors and the chronology of the period, but it has the advantage of ensuring that students read a wide range of works - by both male and female writers. My own teaching syllabus (geared to the first edition of this book) is reproduced below.

Week 1: Transcendence

Edmund Burke, On Obscurity; Ann Radcliffe, extracts from A Journey Made in the Summer of 1794; Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey, Prospectus to 'The Recluse', Ode, On the Ode; Coleridge, The Eolian Harp, This Lime-Tree Bower my Prison, Frost at Midnight

Week 2: Perceptions of Nature

Thomas Warton, To the River Lodon; Cowper, The Winter Evening; Charlotte Smith, To the South Downs; William Lisle Bowles, To the River Itchin; Wordsworth, Daffodils; Dorothy Wordsworth,Grasmere Journals 15 April 1802; Coleridge, To the River Otter; Chamouny; the Hour before Sunrise; Southey, Natural Religion; Shelley, Mont Blanc; Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage III

Week 3: Revolution and Reaction

Richard Price, extracts from A Discourse on the Love of our Country; Edmund Burke, extracts from Reflections on the Revolution; Thomas Paine, extracts from The Rights of Man; George Dyer, The Injustice of the Law; William Godwin, extracts from Political Justice; Mary Wollstonecraft, extract from A Vindication of the Rights of Men; extracts from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; Helen Maria Williams, Letters Written in France; John Thelwall, The Old Peasant; Wordsworth, London 1802; Shelley, The Mask of Anarchy

Week 4: Language and the new poetic

Robert Burns, Epistle to J. Lapraik, To a Mouse; Joanna Baillie, On Passion; John Thelwall, letter to Coleridge; Wordsworth, The Thorn, note to The Thorn, Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Coleridge, extract from Religious Musings, On the Recluse; William Hazlitt, On Gusto; Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

Week 5: Imagination (i)

William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, letter to Trusler; Wordsworth, Resolution and Independence, Preface to Poems (1815); Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere Journal 3 October 1800; Coleridge, Kubla Khan, The Picture, Of the Fragment of 'Kubla Khan', extracts from Biographia Literaria

Week 6: Imagination (ii)

Richard Woodhouse, letter to John Taylor; John Keats, letter to Bailey, letter to George and Tom Keats, letter to Woodhouse, The Eve of St Agnes, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn

Week 7: Psychology

Wordsworth, Strange Fits of Passion I have known, spots of time passage from The Two-Part Prelude; Thomas De Quincey, The Pains of Opium, Oriental Dreams, Easter Sunday, On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth, On Wordsworth's 'There was a boy', extracts from Suspiria De Profundis

Week 8: The City

William Blake, London;Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey; Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Coleridge, Frost at Midnight; Charles Lamb, letter to Wordsworth; Charles Lloyd, London; Thomas De Quincey, Ann of Oxford Street

Week 9: Religion

William Blake, All Religions are One, There is no natural religion, The Garden of Love; Coleridge, extract from Religious Musings; Byron, Manfred; Shelley, Hymn to Intellectual Beauty, Mont Blanc, On Love, On Life; Mary Shelley, Note on the 'Prometheus Unbound'

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