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The Longman Anthology of British Literature was the first collection to pay sustained attention to the contexts within which literature was produced. Canonical authors are presented alongside newly visible authors. New to this edition, informative fact sheets open each volume providing an easily digestible glimpse of life during each period. The up-to-date introductions and notes are written by an editorial team whose members are all actively engaged in teaching and in current scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205655199
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Series: Damrosch Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 2960
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.70 (d)

Meet the Author

David Damrosch is Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. He is a past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, and has written widely on world literature from antiquity to the present. His books include What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009). He is the founding general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature, 2/e (2009) and the editor of Teaching World Literature (2009).

Kevin J. H. Dettmar is W. M. Keck Professor and Chair, Department of English, at Pomona College, and Past President of the Modernist Studies Association. He is the author of The Illicit Joyce of Postmodernism and Is Rock Dead?, and the editor of Rereading the New: A Backward Glance at Modernism; Marketing Modernisms: Self-Promotion, Canonization, and Rereading; Reading Rock & Roll: Authenticity, Appropriation, Aesthetics; the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners; and The Blackwell Companion to Modernist Literature and Culture, and co-general editor of The Longman Anthology of British Literature.

Christopher Baswell is A. W. Olin Chair of English at Barnard College, and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. His interests include classical literature and culture, medieval literature and culture, and contemporary poetry. He is author of Virgil in Medieval England: Figuring the "Aeneid" from the Twelfth Century to Chaucer, which won the 1998 Beatrice White Prize of the English Association. He has held fellowships from the NEH, the National Humanities Center, and the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.

Clare Carroll is Director of Renaissance Studies at The Graduate Center, City University of New York and Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens College and at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research is in Renaissance Studies, with particular interests in early modern colonialism, epic poetry, historiography, and translation. She is the author of The Orlando Furioso: A Stoic Comedy, and editor of Richard Beacon's humanist dialogue on the colonization of Ireland, Solon His Follie. Her most recent book is Circe's Cup: Cultural Transformations in Early Modern Ireland. She has received Fulbright Fellowships for her research and the Queens College President's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Andrew Hadfield is Professor of English at The University of Sussex. He is the author of a number of books, including Shakespeare and Republicanism (2005), which was awarded the 2006 Sixteenth-Century Society Conference Roland H. Bainton Prize for Literature; Literature, Travel and Colonialism in the English Renaissance, 1540-1625 (1998); and Spenser's Irish Experience: Wilde Fruyt and Salvage Soyl (1997). He has also edited a number, most recently, with Matthew Dimmock, Religions of the Book: Co-existence and Conflict, 1400-1660 (2008), and with Raymond Gillespie, The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 (2006). He is a regular reviewer for the TLS.

Heather Henderson is a freelance writer and former Associate Professor of English Literature at Mount Holyoke College. A specialist in Victorian literature, she is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of The Victorian Self: Autobiography and Biblical Narrative. Her current interests include home-schooling, travel literature, and autobiography.

Peter J. Manning is Professor at Stony Brook University. He is the author of Byron and His Fictions and Reading Romantics, and of numerous essays on the British Romantic poets and prose writers. With Susan J. Wolfson, he has co-edited Selected Poems of Byron, and Selected Poems of Beddoes, Hood, and Praed. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Keats-Shelley Association.

Anne Howland Schotter is Professor and Chair of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Wagner College. She is the co-editor of Ineffability: Naming the Unnamable from Dante to Beckett and author of articles on Middle English poetry, Dante, and Medieval Latin poetry. Her current interests include the medieval reception of classical literature, particularly the work of Ovid. She has held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson and Andrew W. Mellon foundations.

William Sharpe is Professor of English Literature at Barnard College. A specialist in Victorian poetry and the literature of the city, he is the author of Unreal Cities: Urban Figuration in Wordsworth, Baudelaire, Whitman, Eliot, and Williams. He is also co-editor of The Passing of Arthur and Visions of the Modern City. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Humanities, Fulbright, and Mellon fellowships, and recently published New York Nocturne: The City After Dark in Literature, Painting, and Photography.

Stuart Sherman is Associate Professor of English at Fordham University. He received the Gottschalk Prize from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for his book Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1775, and is currently at work on a study called “News and Plays: Evanescences of Page and Stage, 1620-1779.” He has received the Quantrell Award for Undergraduate Teaching, as well as fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chicago Humanities Institute, and Princeton University.

Susan J. Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University and is general editor of Longman Cultural Editions. A specialist in Romanticism, her critical studies include The Questioning Presence: Wordsworth, Keats, and the Interrogative Mode in Romantic Poetry, Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism, and Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism. She has also produced editions of Felicia Hemans, Lord Byron, Thomas L. Beddoes, William M. Praed, Thomas Hood, as well as the Longman Cultural Edition of Shelley’s Frankenstein. She received Distinguished Scholar Award from Keats-Shelley Association, and grants and fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies, National Endowment for the Humanities, J. S. Guggenheim Foundation, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is President (2009-2010) of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers.

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Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Additional Resources xliii

Preface xlvii

Acknowledgments liii

The Romantics and Their Contemporaries

Illustration: Thomas Girtin, Tintern Abbey 2

THE ROMANTIC PERIOD AT A GLANCE 3

INTRODUCTION 7

LITERATURE AND THE AGE: “NOUGHT WAS LASTING” 7

ROMANCE, ROMANTICISM, AND THE POWERS OF THE IMAGINATION 8

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND ITS REVERBERATIONS 14

Illustration: Thomas Rowlandson, after a drawing by Lord George Murray,

The Contrast 16

THE MONARCHY 19

Illustration: Thomas Lawrence, Coronation Portrait of the Prince Regent

(later, George IV) 20

INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND AND “NEVER-RESTING LABOUR” 21

CONSUMERS AND COMMODITIES 25

Color Plate 1: John Martin, The Bard

Color Plate 2: Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Mary Robinson

Color Plate 3: Thomas Phillips, Lord Byron

Color Plate 4: Anonymous, Portrait of Olaudah Equiano

Color Plate 5: J. M. W. Turner, Slavers Throwing the Dead and Dying

Overboard, Typhoon Coming On

Color Plate 6: William Blake, The Little Black Boy (second plate only)

Color Plate 7: William Blake, The Little Black Boy (another version of #6)

Color Plate 8: William Blake, The Tyger

Color Plate 9: William Blake, The Sick Rose

Color Plate 10: Joseph Wright, An Iron Forge Viewed from Without

AUTHORSHIP, AUTHORITY, AND “ROMANTICISM” 27

POPULAR PROSE 30

Illustration: George Cruikshank, The Press 32

PERSPECTIVES

The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque 34

Illustration: Thomas Rowlandson, Dr. Syntax Sketching by the Lake 35

Illustration: Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Passage of the St. Gothard,

1804 36

EDMUND BURKE 37

from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

and Beautiful 37

Illustration: Benjamin Robert Haydon, Study after the Elgin

Marbles 38

IMMANUEL KANT 44

from The Critique of Judgement 44

WILLIAM GILPIN 47

Illustration: Edward Dayes, Tintern Abbey from across the

Wye, 1794 48

from Three Essays on Picturesque Beauty, on Picturesque Travel,

and on Sketching Landscape 48

Illustration: From William Gilpin’s Three Essays, 1792 51

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT 52

from A Vindication of the Rights of Men 52

JANE AUSTEN 54

from Pride and Prejudice 54

from Northanger Abbey 55

MARIA JANE JEWSBURY 56

A Rural Excursion 57

ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD 61

The Mouse’s Petition to Dr. Priestley 62

On a Lady’s Writing 63

Inscription for an Ice-House 63

To a Little Invisible Being Who Is Expected Soon to Become

Visible 64

To the Poor 65

Washing-Day 66

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven 68

RESPONSE

John Wilson Croker: from A Review of Eighteen Hundred

and Eleven 76h

The First Fire 78

On the Death of the Princess Charlotte 80

CHARLOTTE SMITH 81

from ELEGIAC SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS 82

To the Moon 82

“Sighing I see yon little troop at play” 82

Illustration: Charlotte Smith, engraving for Sonnet IV, “To the Moon” 83

To melancholy. Written on the banks of the Arun October, 1785 84

Far on the sands 84

To tranquillity 84

Written in the church-yard at Middleton in Sussex 85

On being cautioned against walking on an headland overlooking the sea 85

The sea view 86

The Dead Beggar 86

The Emigrants, Book 1 87

from Beachy Head 99

PERSPECTIVES

The Rights of Man and the Revolution Controversy 104

HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS 104

from Letters Written in France, in the Summer of 1790 105

EDMUND BURKE 109

from Reflections on the Revolution in France 109

Illustration: James Gillray, Smelling out a Rat; –– or The Atheistical

Revolutionist disturbed in his Midnight Calculations 110

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT 118

from A Vindication of the Rights of Men 119

Letter to Joseph Johnson, from Paris, December 27, 1792 127

THOMAS PAINE 127

from The Rights of Man 128

HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS 134

from Letters from France, 1796 134

WILLIAM GODWIN 140

from An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General

Virtue and Happiness 140

THE ANTI-JACOBIN, OR WEEKLY EXAMINER 145

The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder 146

The Widow 146

Illustration: James Gillray, illustration to The Friend of Humanity and the

Knife-Grinder 147

HANNAH MORE 148

Village Politics 149

ARTHUR YOUNG 156

from Travels in France During the Years 1787—1788, and 1789 157

from The Example of France, a Warning to Britain 158

WILLIAM BLAKE 161

All Religions Are One (Web)

There Is No Natural Religion [a] (Web)

There Is No Natural Religion [b] (Web)

SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE 163

Illustration: William Blake, frontispiece for Songs of Innocence 164

from Songs of Innocence 165

Introduction 165

The Shepherd 165

The Ecchoing Green 165

The Lamb 166

Illustration: William Blake, The Lamb 167

The Little Black Boy 167

The Blossom 168

The Chimney Sweeper 168

Illustration: William Blake, The Little Boy lost 169

The Little Boy lost 169

Illustration: William Blake, The Little Boy found 170

The Little Boy found 170

The Divine Image 170

HOLY THURSDAY 171

Nurses Song 171

Infant Joy 172

A Dream 172

On Anothers Sorrow 173

COMPANION READING

Charles Lamb: from The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers (Web)

from Songs of Experience 174

Introduction 174

EARTH’S Answer 174

The CLOD & the PEBBLE 175

HOLY THURSDAY 175

The Little Girl Lost 176

The Little Girl Found 177

THE Chimney Sweeper 179

NURSES Song 179

The SICK ROSE 179

Illustration: William Blake, THE Chimney Sweeper 180

Illustration: William Blake, THE FLY 181

THE FLY 181

The Angel 182

The Tyger 182

My Pretty ROSE TREE 183

AH! SUN-FLOWER 183

The GARDEN of LOVE 183

LONDON 184

The Human Abstract 184

INFANT SORROW 185

A Little BOY Lost 185

Illustration: William Blake, A POISON TREE 186

A Little GIRL Lost 186

The School-Boy 187

A DIVINE IMAGE 188

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 188

Visions of the Daughters of Albion 202

Illustration: William Blake, Plate i from Visions of the Daughters of Albion 202

Illustration: William Blake, Plate 8, from Visions of the Daughters of Albion 208

LETTERS 209

To Dr. John Trusler (23 August 1799) 209

To Thomas Butts (22 November 1802) 211

PERSPECTIVES

The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade 214

OLAUDAH EQUIANO 215

from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah

Equiano 216

MARY PRINCE 224

from The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave 225

THOMAS BELLAMY 229

The Benevolent Planters 229

JOHN NEWTON 235

Amazing Grace! 236

ANN CROMARTIE YEARSLEY 236

from A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade 237

WILLIAM COWPER 241

Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce 242

The Negro’s Complaint 243

ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD 244

Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., On the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing

the Slave Trade 245

HANNAH MORE AND EAGLESFIELD SMITH 247

The Sorrows of Yamba 248

ROBERT SOUTHEY 253

from Poems Concerning the Slave-Trade 253

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH 257

from The Grasmere Journals 257

THOMAS CLARKSON 257

from The History of the Rise, Progress, & Accomplishment of the Abolition of

the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament 258

Illustration: Packing methods on a slave ship 264

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 266

To Toussaint L’Ouverture 266

To Thomas Clarkson 267

from The Prelude 267

from Humanity 268

Letter to Mary Ann Rawson (May 1833) 269

THE EDINBURGH REVIEW 269

from Abstract of the Information laid on the Table of the House of Commons,

on the Subject of the Slave Trade 270

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON 272

from Detached Thoughts 272

MARY ROBINSON 273

Ode to Beauty 274

January, 1795 275

from Sappho and Phaon, in a Series of Legitimate Sonnets 276

III. The Bower of Pleasure 277

IV. Sappho discovers her Passion 277

VII. Invokes Reason 277

XI. Rejects the Influence of Reason 278

XII. Previous to her Interview with Phaon 278

XVIII. To Phaon 278

XXX. Bids farewell to Lesbos 279

XXXVII. Foresees her Death 279

The Camp 279

The Haunted Beach 281

London’s Summer Morning 282

The Old Beggar 284

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT 286

Illustration: Portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft 286

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman 288

from To M. Talleyrand-Périgord, Late Bishop of Autun 288

Introduction 290

from Chapter 1. The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind

Considered 293

from Chapter 2. The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character

Discussed 295

from Chapter 3. The Same Subject Continued 304

from Chapter 5. Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered

Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt 308

from Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance

of Women Generates; with Concluding Reflections on the Moral

Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally

Be Expected to Produce 308

RESPONSES

Anna Letitia Barbauld, The Rights of Woman 310

Ann Yearsley, The Indifferent Shepherdess to Colin 311

Robert Southey, To Mary Wollstonecraft 312

William Blake, from Mary 313h

from The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria (Web)

PERSPECTIVES

The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women 315

CATHARINE MACAULAY 315

from Letters on Education 316

RICHARD POLWHELE 318

from The Unsex’d Females 319

PRISCILLA BELL WAKEFIELD (Web)

from Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex (Web)

MARY ANN RADCLIFFE (Web)

from The Female Advocate (Web)

HANNAH MORE 323

from Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education 324

MARY LAMB 327

Letter to The British Lady’s Magazine 328

WILLIAM THOMPSON AND ANNA WHEELER 332

from Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of

the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and

Domestic Slavery 333

JOANNA BAILLIE 339

Plays on the Passions 340

from Introductory Discourse 340

London 345

A Mother to Her Waking Infant 346

A Child to His Sick Grandfather 347

Thunder 348

Song: Woo’d and Married and A’ 350

LITERARY BALLADS 351

RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY 352

Sir Patrick Spence 353

JAMES MACPHERSON 354

Carric-Thura: A Poem 355

ROBERT BURNS 358

To a Mouse 359

To a Louse 360

Flow gently, sweet Afton 361

Ae fond kiss 362

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (1) 363

Comin’ Thro’ the Rye (2) 363

Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled 364

Is there for honest poverty 365

RESPONSE

Charlotte Smith, To the shade of Burns 366h

A Red, Red Rose 366

Auld Lang Syne 367

The Fornicator. A New Song 368

THOMAS MOORE 369

The harp that once through Tara’s halls 369

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms 370

The time I’ve lost in wooing 370

WILLIAM WORDSWORTH 371

LYRICAL BALLADS (1798) 373

Simon Lee 373

Anecdote for Fathers 376

We are seven 377

Lines written in early spring 379

The Thorn 380

Note to The Thorn (1800) 386

Expostulation and Reply 387

The Tables Turned 388

Old Man Travelling 389

Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey 390

LYRICAL BALLADS (1800, 1802) 394

from Preface 394

[The Principal Object of the Poems. Humble and Rustic Life] 395

[“The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings”] 396

[The Language of Poetry] 397

[What is a Poet?] 400

[The Function of Metre] 403

[“Emotion Recollected in Tranquillity”] 404

“There was a Boy” 407

“Strange fits of passion have I known” 407

Song (“She dwelt among th’ untrodden ways”) 408

“A slumber did my spirit seal” 409

Lucy Gray 409

Poor Susan 411

Nutting 411

“Three years she grew in sun and shower” 413

The Old Cumberland Beggar 414

Michael 418

RESPONSES

Francis Jeffrey: [“the new poetry”] 429

Charles Lamb: from a letter to William Wordsworth 433

Charles Lamb: from a letter to Thomas Manning 434h

SONNETS, 1802—1807 435

Prefatory Sonnet (“Nuns fret not at their Convent’s narrow room”) 435

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802 436

“The world is too much with us” 436

“It is a beauteous Evening” 436

“I griev’d for Buonaparte” 437

London, 1802 437

THE PRELUDE, OR GROWTH OF A POET’S MIND 438

Book First. Introduction, Childhood, and School time 439

from Book Second. School time continued 454

[Two Consciousnesses] 454

[Blessed Infant Babe] 454

from Book Fourth. Summer Vacation 456

[A Simile for Autobiography] 456

[Encounter with a “Dismissed” Soldier] 457

from Book Fifth. Books 460

[Meditation on Books. The Dream of the Arab] 460

[A Drowning in Esthwaite’s Lake] 463

[“The Mystery of Words”] 464

from Book Sixth. Cambridge, and the Alps 464

[The Pleasure of Geometric Science] 464

[Arrival in France] 466

[Travelling in the Alps. Simplon Pass] 468

from Book Seventh. Residence in London 471

[A Blind Beggar. Bartholomew Fair] 471

from Book Ninth. Residence in France 475

[Paris] 475

[Revolution, Royalists, and Patriots] 479

from Book Tenth. Residence in France and French Revolution 481

[The Reign of Terror. Confusion. Return to England] 481

[Further Events in France] 484

[The Death of Robespierre and Renewed Optimism] 486

[Britain Declares War on France. The Rise of Napoleon and

Imperialist France] 488

from The Prelude 1850 490

[Apostrophe to Edmund Burke] 490

from Book Eleventh. Imagination, How Impaired and Restored 491

[Imagination Restored by Nature] 491

[“Spots of Time.” Two Memories from Childhood and Later

Reflections] 492

from Book Thirteenth. Conclusion 496

[Climbing Mount Snowdon. Moonlit Vista. Meditation on “Mind,” “Self,”

“Imagination,” “Fear,” and “Love”] 496

[Concluding Retrospect and Prophecy] 501

RESPONSE

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: To a Gentleman 503h

“I travell’d among unknown Men” 506

Resolution and Independence 506

RESPONSE

Lewis Carroll: Upon the Lonely Moor 510h

“I wandered lonely as a Cloud” 512

“My heart leaps up” 513

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early

Childhood 513

The Solitary Reaper 519

Elegiac Stanzas (“Peele Castle”) 520

RESPONSE

Mary Shelley: On Reading Wordsworth’s Lines on Peele Castle 521h

“Surprized by joy” 522

The Excursion 523

“Scorn not the Sonnet” 524

Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg 524

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH 525

Grasmere–A Fragment 527

Address to a Child 529

Irregular Verses 530

Floating Island 533

Lines Intended for My Niece’s Album 534

Thoughts on My Sick-bed 535

When Shall I Tread Your Garden Path? 536

Lines Written (Rather Say Begun) on the Morning of Sunday

April 6th 537

from The Grasmere Journals 538

[Home Alone] 538

[A Leech Gatherer] 539

[A Woman Beggar] 540

[An Old Sailor] 540

[The Grasmere Mailman] 541

[A Vision of the Moon] 541

[A Field of Daffodils] 542

[A Beggar Woman from Cockermouth] 542

[The Circumstances of “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”] 543

[The Circumstances of “It is a beauteous Evening”] 543

[The Household in Winter, with William’s New Wife. Gingerbread] 544

LETTERS 544

To Jane Pollard [A Scheme of Happiness] 544

To Lady Beaumont [A Gloomy Christmas] 545

To Lady Beaumont [Her Poetry, William’s Poetry] 547

To Mrs Thomas Clarkson [Household Labors] 548

To Mrs Thomas Clarkson [A Prospect of Publishing] 549

To William Johnson [Mountain-Climbing with a Woman] 549

RESPONSES

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: from A letter to Joseph Cottle 552

Thomas De Quincey: from Recollections of the Lake

Poets 553

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE 557

Sonnet to the River Otter 558

COMPANION READING

William Lisle Bowles: To the River Itchin, Near Winton 559h

The Eolian Harp 559

This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison 561

Frost at Midnight 563

from The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798) 565

Part 1 565

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1817) 567

COMPANION READINGS

William Cowper: The Castaway 583

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: from Table Talk 584h

Christabel 585

COMPANION READING

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge: The Witch 601h

Kubla Khan 602

RESPONSE

Mary Robinson: To the Poet Coleridge 604h

The Pains of Sleep 606

Dejection: An Ode 607

LETTERS 611

To William Godwin 611

To Thomas Poole 612

On Donne’s Poetry 613

Work Without Hope 613

Constancy to an Ideal Object 614

Epitaph 614

from The Statesman’s Manual 615

[Symbol and Allegory] 615

from The Friend 615

[My Ghost-Theory] 615

Biographia Literaria 616

Chapter 4 617

[Wordsworth’s Earlier Poetry]

Chapter 11 618

[The Profession of Literature]

Chapter 13 619

[Imagination and Fancy]

Chapter 14 622

[Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads–Preface to the Second Edition–The Ensuing

Controversy]

[Philosophic Definitions of a Poem and Poetry]

Chapter 17 625

[Examination of the Tenets Peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth. Rustic Life and Poetic Language]

Chapter 22 628

[Defects of Wordsworth’s Poetry]

from Lectures on Shakespeare 629

[Mechanic vs. Organic Form] 629

[The Character of Hamlet] 630

[Stage Illusion and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief] 631

[Shakespeare’s Images] 632

[Othello] 633

* COLERIDGE’ S “LECTURES” AND THEIR TIME

Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century 634

Charles Lamb [and Mary Lamb] Preface to Tales from Shakespear 635

Charles Lamb from On the Tragedies of Shakspeare 636

William Hazlitt from Lectures on the English Poets 639 • The Characters

of Shakespeare’s Plays 640

Thomas De Quincey On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth 640 *

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON 644

She walks in beauty 646

So, we’ll go no more a-roving 647

Manfred 647

Illustration: Ford Madox Brown, Manfred on the Jungfrau, 1840 655

* “MANFRED” AND ITS TIME

The Byronic Hero 683

Byron’s Earlier Heroes from The Giaour 684 • from The Corsair 685

from Lara 685 • Prometheus 686 • from Childe Harold’s

Pilgrimage, Canto the Third [Napoleon Buonaparte] 687

Samuel Taylor Coleridge from The Statesman’s Manual [“Satanic Pride

and Rebellious Self-Idolatry”] 689

Caroline Lamb from Glenarvon 690

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from Frankenstein; or The Modern

Prometheus 692

Felicia Hemans from The Widow of Crescentius 694

Percy Bysshe Shelley from Preface to Prometheus Unbound 695 • from

Prometheus Unbound, Act 1 695

Robert Southey from Preface to A Vision of Judgement 697

George Gordon, Lord Byron from The Vision of Judgment 698 *

CHILDE HAROLD’S PILGRIMAGE 699

from Canto the Third 699

[Waterloo Fields] 699

[Thunderstorm in the Alps] 704

[Byron’s Strained Idealism. Apostrophe to His Daughter] 705

from Canto the Fourth 707

[Rome. Political Hopes] 707

[The Coliseum. The Dying Gladiator] 709

[Apostrophe to the Ocean. Conclusion] 711

RESPONSES

John Wilson: from a review of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage 713

John Scott: [Lord Byron’s Creations] 714h

DON JUAN 715

Dedication 716

Canto 1 720

from Canto 2 [Shipwreck Juan and Haidée] (Web)

from Canto 3 [Juan and Haidée The Poet for Hire] (Web)

from Canto 7 [Critique of Military “Glory”] (Web)

from Canto 11 [Juan in England] (Web)

Stanzas (“When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home”) 767

On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year 767

LETTERS 768

To Thomas Moore [On Childe Harold Canto III] (28 January 1817) 768

To John Murray [On Don Juan] (6 April 1819) 769

To John Murray [On Don Juan] (12 August 1819) 770

To Douglas Kinnaird [On Don Juan] (26 October 1819) 771

To John Murray [On Don Juan] (16 February 1821) 773

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY 773

To Wordsworth 775

Mont Blanc 776

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty 780

Ozymandias 782

Sonnet: “Lift not the painted veil” 782

Sonnet: England in 1819 783

The Mask of Anarchy 783

RESPONSE

Leigh Hunt: Introduction to The Mask of Anarchy (Web) h

Ode to the West Wind 794

To a Sky-Lark 796

RESPONSE

Thomas Hardy: Shelley’s Skylark (Web) h

To–(“Music, when soft voices die”) 798

Adonais 799

RESPONSES

George Gordon, Lord Byron: from Don Juan 814

George Gordon, Lord Byron: Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley

(26 April 1821) 815

George Gordon, Lord Byron: Letter to John Murray

(30 July 1821) 815h

The Cloud 816

from Hellas 818

Chorus (“Worlds on worlds are rolling ever”) 818

Chorus (“The world’s great age begins anew”) 820

With a Guitar, to Jane 821

To Jane (“The keen stars”) 824

The Cenci (Web)

Julian and Maddalo (Web)

The Sensitive Plant (Web)

Letter to Maria Gisborne (Web)

RESPONSE?

Mary Shelley: Introductions to the Works of Percy Bysshe Shelley

(1824, 1839) (Web) h

from A Defence of Poetry 824

FELICIA HEMANS 835

Illustration: Edward Smith, after a painting by Edward Robinson, Portrait of

Felicia Hemans 836

from TALES, AND HISTORIC SCENES, IN VERSE 836

The Wife of Asdrubal 836

The Last Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra 838

Evening Prayer, at a Girls’ School 842

Casabianca 844

from RECORDS OF WOMAN, WITH OTHER POEMS 845

The Bride of the Greek Isle 845

Properzia Rossi 850

Indian Woman’s Death-Song 854

Joan of Arc, in Rheims 855

The Homes of England 858

The Graves of a Household 859

Corinne at the Capitol 860

Woman and Fame 861

RESPONSES

Francis Jeffrey: from A Review of Felicia Hemans’s Poetry 862

William Wordsworth: from Prefatory Note to Extempore Effusion 865h

JOHN CLARE 866

Written in November (manuscript) 867

Written in November 868

Songs Eternity 868

[The Lament of Swordy Well] 870

[The Mouse’s Nest] 874

Clock a Clay 875

“I Am” 875

The Mores 876

JOHN KEATS 878

Illustration: Charles Brown, Portrait of John Keats, 1819 879

On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer; from Leigh Hunt, “Young Poets”

(Examiner, 1 December 1816) 880

COMPANION READINGS

Alexander Pope: from Homer’s Iliad 883

George Chapman: from Homer’s Iliad 883

Alexander Pope: from Homer’s Odyssey 883

George Chapman: from Homer’s Odyssey 884h

“To one who has been long in city pent” 884

On the Grasshopper and Cricket 884

from Sleep and Poetry 885

RESPONSE

Z. [John Gibson Lockhart]: from On the Cockney School of Poetry 887

John Gibson Lockhart: from The Cockney School of

Poetry No. IV 890h

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles 892

On sitting down to read King Lear once again 892

Sonnet: When I have fears 893

The Eve of St. Agnes 894

La Belle Dame sans Merci (letter text) 904

La Belle Dame sans Mercy, with Leigh Hunt’s Preface

(The Indicator 1820) 906

Incipit altera Sonneta (“If by dull rhymes”) 908

THE ODES OF 1819 908

Ode to Psyche 909

Ode to a Nightingale 911

Ode on a Grecian Urn 913

Ode on Indolence 915

Ode on Melancholy 917

To Autumn 918

Lamia 919

The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream 936

“This living hand” 949

“Bright Star” 949

LETTERS 950

To Benjamin Bailey [“The Truth of Imagination”] (22 November 1817) 950

To George and Thomas Keats [“Intensity” and “Negative Capability”]

(December 1817) 951

To John Hamilton Reynolds [Wordsworth and “The Whims

of an Egotist”] (3 February 1818) 952

To John Taylor [“A Few Axioms”] (27 February 1818) 953

To Benjamin Bailey [“Ardent Pursuit”] (13 May 1818) 953

To John Hamilton Reynolds [Wordsworth, Milton, and “Dark Passages”]

(3 May 1818) 954

To Benjamin Bailey [“I Have Not a Right Feeling Towards Women”]

(18 July 1818) 957

To Richard Woodhouse [The “Camelion Poet” vs. The “Egotistical

Sublime”] (27 October 1818) 957

To George and Georgiana Keats [“indolence,” “poetry” vs. “philosophy,”

the “vale of Soul-Making”] (Spring 1819) 959

To Fanny Brawne [“You Take Possession of Me”] (25 July 1819) 963

To Percy Bysshe Shelley [“An Artist Must Serve Mammon”]

(16 August 1820) 964

To Charles Brown [Keats’s Last Letter] (30 November 1820) 965

SIR WALTER SCOTT 966

Illustration: The Author of Waverley 967

Lord Randall 967

The Two Drovers 968

PERSPECTIVES

Popular Prose and the Problems of Authorship 988

SIR WALTER SCOTT (Web)

Introduction to Tales of My Landlord (Web)

CHARLES LAMB 989

Oxford in the Vacation 990

Dream Children 994

Old China 996

WILLIAM HAZLITT 1000

On Gusto 1001

My First Acquaintance with Poets 1003

THOMAS DE QUINCEY 1016

from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (Web)

[“What is it that we mean by literature?”] 1017

JANE AUSTEN 1019

from Northanger Abbey, Chapter 1 1020

MARIA JANE JEWSBURY 1023

The Young Author 1023

WILLIAM COBBETT 1027

from Rural Rides 1027

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT SHELLEY 1030

The Swiss Peasant 1031

The Victorian Age

Illustration: Gustave Doré, Ludgate Hill 1044

THE VICTORIAN AGE AT A GLANCE 1045

INTRODUCTION 1049

VICTORIA AND THE VICTORIANS 1049

Illustration: Sunlight Soap advertisement commemorating the 1897 Jubilee of

Victoria’s reign 1050

THE AGE OF ENERGY AND INVENTION 1052

Illustration: Robert Howlett, Portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and

Launching Chains of the Great Eastern, 1857 1053

THE AGE OF DOUBT 1055

Illustration: The Crystal Palace 1058

THE AGE OF REFORM 1059

THE AGE OF EMPIRE 1063

Illustration: “The Formula of British Conquest,” Pears’ Soap

advertisement 1065

THE AGE OF READING 1066

Color Plate 11: Sir John Everett Millais, Mariana

Color Plate 12: William Holman Hunt, The Awakening Conscience

Color Plate 13: Ford Madox Brown, Work

Color Plate 14: Augustus Egg, Past and Present, No. 1

Color Plate 15: Augustus Egg, Past and Present, No. 3

Color Plate 16: William Morriss, Guenevere, or La Belle Iseult

Color Plate 17: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, The Blessed Damozel

Color Plate 18: James McNeill Whistler, Nocturne in Black and Gold: The

Falling Rocket

Color Plate 19: John Williams Waterhouse, The Lady of Shalott

Color Plate 20: Sir Edward Burne-Jones, Love Among the Ruins

THE AGE OF SELF-SCRUTINY 1068

Illustration: Cartoon from Punch magazine, 1867 1068

THOMAS CARLYLE 1074

Illustration: Julia Margaret Cameron, Thomas Carlyle, 1867 1075

Past and Present 1076

Midas [The Condition of England] 1076

from Gospel of Mammonism [The Irish Widow] 1079

from Labour [Know Thy Work] 1080

from Democracy [Liberty to Die by Starvation] 1081

Captains of Industry 1083

PERSPECTIVES

The Industrial Landscape 1088

Illustration: John Leech, Horseman pursued by a train engine named

“Time” 1089

THE STEAM LOOM WEAVER 1090

FANNY KEMBLE 1091

from Record of a Girlhood 1091

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY 1092

from A Review of Southey’s Colloquies 1092

PARLIAMENTARY PAPERS (“BLUE BOOKS”) 1094

Testimony of Hannah Goode, a Child Textile Worker 1095

Testimony of Ann and Elizabeth Eggley, Child Mineworkers 1095

CHARLES DICKENS 1097

from Dombey and Son 1097

from Hard Times 1098

BENJAMIN DISRAELI 1100

from Sybil 1100

FRIEDRICH ENGELS 1101

from The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844 1101

Illustration: Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, Catholic Town in 1440 /Same

Town in 1840 1103

HENRY MAYHEW 1108

from London Labour and the London Poor 1108

Illustration: The Boy Crossing-Sweepers 1112

JOHN STUART MILL 1113

On Liberty 1115

from Chapter 2. Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion 1115

from Chapter 3. Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-Being 1117

The Subjection of Women 1121

from Chapter 1 1121

Statement Repudiating the Rights of Husbands 1129

Autobiography 1129

from Chapter 1. Childhood, and Early Education 1129

from Chapter 5. A Crisis in My Mental History. One Stage Onward 1132

ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING 1138

The Cry of the Children 1140

To George Sand: A Desire 1144

To George Sand: A Recognition 1144

A Year’s Spinning (Web)

Sonnets from the Portuguese 1145

1 (“I thought once how Theocritus had sung”) 1145

13 (“And wilt thou have me fashion into speech”) 1145

14 (“If thou must love me, let it be for nought”) 1145

21 (“Say over again, and yet once over again”) 1146

22 (“When our two souls stand up erect and strong”) 1146

24 (“Let the world’s sharpness, like a clasping knife”) 1147

28 (“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!”) 1147

32 (“The first time that the sun rose on thine oath”) 1147

38 (“First time he kissed me, he but only kissed”) 1148

43 (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”) 1148

The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point 1148

Aurora Leigh 1155

Book 1 1155

[Self-Portrait] 1155

Illustration: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, frontispiece of Aurora Leigh 1156

[Her Mother’s Portrait] 1157

[Aurora’s Education] 1158

[Discovery of Poetry] (Web)

Book 2 1162

[Woman and Artist] 1162

[No Female Christ] 1165

[Aurora’s Rejection of Romney] 1166

Book 3 1170

[The Woman Writer in London] 1170

Book 5 1171

[Epic Art and Modern Life] 1171

from A Curse for a Nation (Web)

A Musical Instrument 1174

The Best Thing in the World (Web)

ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON 1175

Illustration: Max Beerbohm, Tennyson Reading “In Memoriam” to his Sovereign,

1904 1178

The Kraken 1178

Mariana 1179

The Lady of Shalott 1181

Illustration: William Holman Hunt, The Lady of Shalott 1182

The Lotos-Eaters 1185

Ulysses 1189

Tithonus 1191

Break, Break, Break 1193

The Epic [Morte d’Arthur] 1194

The Eagle: A Fragment (Web)

Locksley Hall 1196

from THE PRINCESS 1201

Sweet and Low (Web)

The Splendour Falls 1201

Tears, Idle Tears 1202

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal 1202

Come Down, O Maid (Web)

[The Woman’s Cause Is Man’s] 1203

from In Memoriam A. H. H. 1204

The Charge of the Light Brigade 1235

Idylls of the King 1237

The Coming of Arthur 1237

Pelleas and Ettarre (Web)

The Passing of Arthur 1247

The Higher Pantheism 1257

RESPONSE

Algernon Charles Swinburne: The Higher Pantheism in a

Nutshell 1258h

Flower in the Crannied Wall (Web)

Crossing the Bar 1259

EDWARD FITZGERALD (Web)

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishápúr (Web)

CHARLES DARWIN 1260

Illustration: Linley Sambourne, Man is But a Worm 1261

The Voyage of the Beagle 1262

from Chapter 10. Tierra Del Fuego 1262

Illustration: Thomas Landseer, after a drawing by C. Martens, A Fuegian at

Portrait Cove 1263

from Chapter 17. Galapagos Archipelago 1269

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection 1272

from Chapter 3. Struggle for Existence 1272

The Descent of Man 1277

from Chapter 21. General Summary and Conclusion 1277

from Autobiography 1283

PERSPECTIVES

Religion and Science 1291

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY 1292

from Lord Bacon 1292

CHARLES DICKENS 1293

from Sunday Under Three Heads 1293

DAVID FRIEDRICH STRAUSS 1296

from The Life of Jesus Critically Examined 1296

CHARLOTTE BRONTË 1299

from Jane Eyre 1299

ARTHUR HUGH CLOUGH 1301

Epi-strauss-ium 1301

The Latest Decalogue 1302

from Dipsychus 1302

JOHN WILLIAM COLENSO 1303

from The Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined 1304

JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN 1305

from Apologia Pro Vita Sua 1305

THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY 1313

from Evolution and Ethics 1313

SIR EDMUND GOSSE 1317

from Father and Son 1317

ROBERT BROWNING 1322

Illustration: Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Browning, 1866 1322

Porphyria’s Lover 1325

Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister 1326

My Last Duchess 1328

How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix 1330

Home-Thoughts, from Abroad 1331

Home-Thoughts, from the Sea 1332

The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church 1332

Meeting at Night 1335

Parting at Morning 1336

A Toccata of Galuppi’s 1336

Memorabilia 1337

Love Among the Ruins 1338

“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came” 1340

RESPONSE

Stevie Smith: Childe Rolandine 1346h

Fra Lippo Lippi 1347

The Last Ride Together 1355

Andrea del Sarto 1358

Two in the Campagna (Web)

A Woman’s Last Word 1364

Caliban Upon Setebos 1366

Epilogue to Asolando 1372

CHARLES DICKENS 1373

A Christmas Carol 1376

Illustration: Hablot K. Browne, Mr Scrooge Extinguishing the Spirit 1399

from A Walk in a Workhouse 1425

COMPANION READINGS

Dickens at Work: Recollections by His Children and Friends (Web)

Kate Field: Dickens Giving a Reading of A Christmas Carol 1430 h

POPULAR SHORT FICTION 1431

ELIZABETH GASKELL 1432

Our Society at Cranford 1432

THOMAS HARDY 1447

The Withered Arm 1448

SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE 1466

A Scandal in Bohemia 1467

Illustration: Sidney Paget, Good-night Mr Sherlock Holmes 1480

EMILY BRONTË 1482

“High waving heather ’neath stormy blasts bending” 1484

“The night is darkening round me” 1484

“And first an hour of mournful musing” 1485

“I’m happiest when most away” 1485

“There are two trees in a lonely field” 1485

Stanzas 1485

Plead for me 1486

Stars 1487

The Prisoner (A Fragment) 1488

Remembrance 1490

“No coward soul is mine” 1491

JOHN RUSKIN 1492

Modern Painters 1493

from Definition of Greatness in Art 1493

from Of Water, As Painted by Turner 1494

The Stones of Venice 1495

from The Nature of Gothic 1495

Illustration: John Ruskin, Windows of the Early Gothic Palaces 1496

The Storm-Cloud of the Nineteenth Century 1505

Praeterita (Web)

Preface (Web)

from The Springs of Wandel (Web)

from Herne-Hill Almond Blossoms (Web)

from Schaffhausen and Milan (Web)

from The Grande Chartreuse (Web)

from Joanna’s Care (Web)

FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE 1510

from Cassandra 1511

PERSPECTIVES

Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen 1520

Illustration: The Parliamentary Female, from Punch magazine, 1853 1521

FRANCES POWER COBBE 1522

from Life of Frances Power Cobbe As Told by Herself 1522

SARAH STICKNEY ELLIS 1525

from The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits 1525

CHARLOTTE BRONTË 1528

from Letter to Emily Brontë 1528

Illustration: Richard Redgrave, The Poor Teacher, 1844 1529

ANNE BRONTË 1529

from Agnes Grey 1530

JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN 1531

from The Idea of a University 1531

CAROLINE NORTON 1532

from A Letter to the Queen 1533

GEORGE ELIOT 1535

Margaret Fuller and Mary Wollstonecraft 1535

THOMAS HUGHES 1540

from Tom Brown’s School Days 1540

ISABELLA BEETON 1542

from The Book of Household Management 1542

JOHN RUSKIN 1544

from Sesame and Lilies 1544

Of Queens’ Gardens 1544

QUEEN VICTORIA 1547

Letters and Journal Entries on the Position of Women 1547

Illustration: Edwin Landseer, Windsor Castle in Modern Times, 1841—1845 1549

SARAH GRAND 1552

from The New Aspect of the Woman Question 1552

SIR HENRY NEWBOLT 1553

Vitaï Lampada 1554

MONA CAIRD 1554

from Does Marriage Hinder a Woman’s Self-Development? 1555

RUDYARD KIPLING 1556

If 1556

MATTHEW ARNOLD 1557

Illustration: Matthew Arnold and his wife Frances Wightman Arnold 1557

Isolation. To Marguerite 1560

To Marguerite–Continued 1561

Dover Beach 1562

RESPONSE

Anthony Hecht: The Dover Bitch 1563h

Lines Written in Kensington Gardens 1564

The Buried Life 1565

Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse 1567

The Scholar-Gipsy 1572

East London 1578

West London 1579

Thyrsis 1579

from The Function of Criticism at the Present Time 1585

from Culture and Anarchy 1595

from Sweetness and Light 1595

from Doing as One Likes 1597

from Hebraism and Hellenism 1600

from Porro Unum Est Necessarium 1601

from Conclusion 1603

from The Study of Poetry 1604

DANTE GABRIEL ROSSETTI 1611

The Blessed Damozel 1612

The Woodspurge 1615

The House of Life 1616

The Sonnet 1616

4. Lovesight 1616

6. The Kiss 1617

Nuptial Sleep 1617

The Burden of Nineveh 1618

Jenny 1622

RESPONSES

Augusta Webster: from A Castaway 1633

Thomas Hardy: The Ruined Maid 1642 h

CHRISTINA ROSSETTI 1642

Song (“She sat and sang alway”) 1644

Song (“When I am dead, my dearest”) 1644

Remember 1645

After Death 1645

A Pause 1645

Echo 1646

Dead Before Death 1646

Cobwebs 1647

A Triad 1647

In an Artist’s Studio 1647

A Birthday 1648

An Apple-Gathering 1648

Winter: My Secret 1649

Up-Hill 1650

Goblin Market 1650

Illustration: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, frontispiece to Goblin Market 1651

“No, Thank You, John” 1663

Promises Like Pie-Crust 1664

In Progress 1664

What Would I Give? 1665

A Life’s Parallels 1665

Later Life 1665

17 (“Something this foggy day, a something which”) 1665

Sleeping at Last 1666

WILLIAM MORRIS 1666

The Defence of Guenevere 1667

The Haystack in the Floods 1675

from The Beauty of Life 1679

ALGERNON CHARLES SWINBURNE 1684

The Leper 1685

The Triumph of Time 1689

I Will Go Back to the Great Sweet Mother 1689

Hymn to Proserpine 1690

A Forsaken Garden (Web)

WALTER PATER 1693

from The Renaissance 1694

Preface 1694

from Leonardo da Vinci 1697

Conclusion 1698

from The Child in the House (Web)

GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS 1701

God’s Grandeur 1702

The Starlight Night 1703

Spring 1703

The Windhover 1704

Pied Beauty 1704

Hurrahing in Harvest 1705

Binsey Poplars 1705

Duns Scotus’s Oxford 1706

Felix Randal 1706

Spring and Fall: to a young child 1707

As Kingfishers Catch Fire 1707

[Carrion Comfort] 1708

No Worst, There Is None 1708

I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day 1708

That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection 1709

Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord 1710

from Journal [On “Inscape” and “Instress”] 1710

from Letter to R. W. Dixon [On Sprung Rhythm] 1712

LEWIS CARROLL 1713

from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 1715

Chapter 1. Down the Rabbit-Hole 1715

from Chapter 2. The Pool of Tears 1718

Illustration: John Tenniel, illustration to Alice in Wonderland, 1865 1719

You are old, Father William 1720

The Lobster-Quadrille 1721

from Through the Looking Glass 1721

Child of the pure unclouded brow (Web)

Jabberwocky 1721

[Humpty Dumpty on Jabberwocky] 1722

The Walrus and the Carpenter 1723

The White Knight’s Song (Web)

PERSPECTIVES

Imagining Childhood (Web)

CHARLES DARWIN (Web)

from A Biographical Sketch of an Infant (Web)

MORAL VERSES (Web)

Table Rules for Little Folks (Web)

Eliza Cook: The Mouse and the Cake (Web)

Heinrich Hoffmann: The Story of Augustus who would Not have any Soup (Web)

Thomas Miller: The Watercress Seller (Web)

William Miller: Willie Winkie (Web)

EDWARD LEAR (Web)

[Selected Limericks] (Web)

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (Web)

The Jumblies (Web)

How pleasant to know Mr. Lear! (Web)

CHRISTINA ROSSETTI (Web)

from Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book (Web)

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (Web)

from A Child’s Garden of Verses (Web)

HILAIRE BELLOC (Web)

from The Bad Child’s Book of Beasts (Web)

from Cautionary Tales for Children (Web)

DAISY ASHFORD (Web)

from The Young Visiters; or, Mr Salteena’s Plan (Web)

RUDYARD KIPLING 1726

Without Benefit of Clergy 1728

from JUST SO STORIES (Web)

How the Whale Got His Throat (Web)

How the Camel Got His Hump (Web)

How the Leopard Got His Spots (Web)

Gunga Din 1742

The Widow at Windsor 1744

Recessional 1745

PERSPECTIVES

Travel and Empire 1746

Illustration: Daylight at Last! 1746

FRANCES TROLLOPE 1748

from Domestic Manners of the Americans 1748

THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY 1753

from Minute on Indian Education 1754

WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE 1758

from Our Colonies 1758

BENJAMIN DISRAELI 1759

Illustration: New Crowns for Old 1760

from Conservative and Liberal Principles 1760

ALEXANDER WILLIAM KINGLAKE (Web)

from Eothen (Web)

SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (Web)

from A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah (Web)

ISABELLA BIRD (Web)

from A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains (Web)

SIR HENRY MORTON STANLEY 1762

from Through the Dark Continent 1762

MARY KINGSLEY 1769

from Travels in West Africa 1769

RUDYARD KIPLING 1776

The White Man’s Burden 1777

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON 1778

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde 1780

OSCAR WILDE 1818

Illustration: Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, 1893 1820

Impression du Matin 1821

RESPONSE

Lord Alfred Douglas: Impression de Nuit 1822h

The Harlot’s House 1822

Symphony in Yellow 1823

from The Decay of Lying (Web)

from The Soul of Man Under Socialism 1824

Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray 1828

The Importance of Being Earnest 1829

Aphorisms 1870

from De Profundis 1872

COMPANION READING

H. Montgomery Hyde: from The Trials of Oscar Wilde 1879h

PERSPECTIVES

Aestheticism, Decadence, and the Fin de Siècle 1885

Illustration: Aubrey Beardsley, J’ai baisé ta bouche, Iokanaan 1886

Illustration: George Du Maurier, The Six-Mark Tea-Pot 1887

W. S. GILBERT 1888

If You’re Anxious for to Shine in the High Aesthetic Line 1889

JAMES ABBOTT MCNEILL WHISTLER 1890

from Mr. Whistler’s “Ten O’Clock” 1891

“MICHAEL FIELD” (KATHARINE BRADLEY AND EDITH COOPER) 1895

La Gioconda 1896

A Pen-Drawing of Leda 1896

“A Girl” 1897

ADA LEVERSON 1897

Suggestion 1898

ARTHUR SYMONS 1903

Pastel 1903

White Heliotrope 1904

from The Decadent Movement in Literature 1904

from Preface to Silhouettes 1906

RICHARD LE GALLIENNE 1907

A Ballad of London 1907

LIONEL JOHNSON 1908

The Destroyer of a Soul 1909

The Dark Angel 1909

A Decadent’s Lyric 1911

LORD ALFRED DOUGLAS 1911

In Praise of Shame 1912

Two Loves 1912

OLIVE CUSTANCE (LADY ALFRED DOUGLAS) 1914

The Masquerade 1915

Statues 1915

The White Witch 1916

The Twentieth Century and Beyond

Illustration: Richard Nevinson, The Arrival, 1913—1914 1918

THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND BEYOND AT A GLANCE 1919

INTRODUCTION 1923

BEYOND THE PALE 1923

BURYING VICTORIA 1924

THE FOUNDATIONS OF MODERN SKEPTICISM 1925

REVOLUTIONS OF STYLE 1928

Illustration: Soldiers of the 9th Cameronians division near Arras, France, 24

March 1917 1929

MODERNISM AND THE MODERN CITY 1932

Illustration: Archibald Hatrick, A Lift Girl, 1916 1933

PLOTTING THE SELF 1934

THE RETURN OF THE REPRESSED 1935

Illustration: Poster for the Wembley Exhibition, 1925 1937

WORLD WAR I I AND ITS AFTERMATH 1938

Illustration: London during the Blitz 1939

Color Plate 21: The British Empire Stretched Thin

Color Plate 22: Vera Willoughby, General Joy

Color Plate 23: Charles Ginner, Piccadilly Circus

Color Plate 24: Anna Airy, Shop for Machining 15-inch Shells

Color Plate 25: Sir William Orpen, Ready to Start

Color Plate 26: Vanessa Bell, The Tub

Color Plate 27: Sir John Lavery, Lady Lavery as Kathleen Ni Houlihan

Color Plate 28: Stanley Spencer, Shipbuilding on the Clyde: Furnaces

Color Plate 29: Gilbert and George, Death Hope Life Fear

Color Plate 30: Francis Bacon, Study after Velasquez

Color Plate 31: Richard Hamilton, Just What Is It That Makes Today’s Homes

So Different, So Appealing?

Color Plate 32: Chris Ofili, No Woman, No Cry

Illustration: The Beatles preparing for a television broadcast, c. 1963 1944

LANGUAGE AND IDENTITY 1946

JOSEPH CONRAD 1949

Illustration: Joseph Conrad 1949

Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus” 1952

Heart of Darkness 1954

* “HEART OF DARKNESS” AND ITS TIME

Joseph Conrad: from Congo Diary 2010

Sir Henry Morton Stanley: from Address to the Manchester Chamber of

Commerce 2012 *

RESPONSES

Chinua Achebe: An Image of Africa 2016

Gang of Four: We Live As We Dream, Alone 2025h

BERNARD SHAW 2026

Preface: A Professor of Phonetics 2029

Pygmalion 2032

THOMAS HARDY 2096

Hap 2098

Neutral Tones 2098

Wessex Heights 2099

The Darkling Thrush 2099

On the Departure Platform 2100

The Dead Man Walking 2101

A Wife and Another 2102

To Sincerity 2103

The Convergence of the Twain 2104

At Castle Boterel 2105

Channel Firing 2106

In Time of “The Breaking of Nations” 2107

I Looked Up from My Writing 2107

“And There Was a Great Calm” 2108

Logs on the Hearth 2109

The Photograph 2110

The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House 2110

Afterwards 2111

Epitaph 2111

J. M. SYNGE (Web)

The Playboy of the Western World (Web)

PERSPECTIVES

The Great War: Confronting the Modern 2112

ALYS FANE TROTTER 2112

The Hospital Visitor 2112

CICELY HAMILTON 2113

Non-Combatant 2113

BLAST 2114

Illustration: Wyndham Lewis, The Creditors, 1912—1913 2115

Vorticist Manifesto 2116

SIGFRIED SASSOON 2130

Glory of Women 2131

“They” 2131

The Rear-Guard 2131

Everyone Sang 2132

PAULINE BARRINGTON 2132

“Education” 2132

HELEN DIRCKS 2133

After Bourlon Wood 2133

RUPERT BROOKE 2134

The Great Lover 2135

The Soldier 2136

TERESA HOOLEY 2137

A War Film 2137

ISAAC ROSENBERG 2138

Break of Day in the Trenches 2138

Dead Man’s Dump 2139

REBECCA WEST 2141

Indissoluble Matrimony 2141

WILFRED OWEN 2157

Anthem for Doomed Youth 2158

Strange Meeting 2158

Disabled 2159

Dulce et Decorum Est 2160

MAY WEDDERBURN CANNAN 2161

Lamplight 2161

Rouen 2162

SPEECHES ON IRISH INDEPENDENCE 2163

Illustration: Jack B. Yeats, The Felons of Our Land, 1910 2164

Wolf Tone (Web)

Court-Martial Speech, November 10, 1798 (Web)

Robert Emmett (Web)

The Speech from the Dock (Web)

Daniel O’Connell (Web)

Speech to House of Commons, February 4, 1836 (Web)

William Gladstone (Web)

A speech by William Ewart Gladstone MP, British Prime Minister, to the House

of Commons on Home Rule for Ireland, given on 7 June 1886 (Web)

Charles Stewart Parnell 2165

At Limerick 2165

Before the House of Commons 2166

At Portsmouth, After the Defeat of Mr. Gladstone’s Home Rule Bill 2167

In Committee Room No. 15 2168

Proclamation of the Irish Republic 2169

Padraic Pearse 2170

Kilmainham Prison 2170

Michael Collins 2171

The Substance of Freedom 2171

WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS 2174

Illustration: William Butler Yeats 2174

The Lake Isle of Innisfree 2177

Who Goes with Fergus? 2178

No Second Troy 2178

The Fascination of What’s Difficult 2178

September 1913 2179

The Wild Swans at Coole 2180

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death 2180

Easter 1916 2181

The Second Coming 2183

A Prayer for My Daughter 2183

Sailing to Byzantium 2185

Meditations in Time of Civil War 2186

Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen 2191

Leda and the Swan 2194

Among School Children 2195

Byzantium 2197

Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop 2198

Lapis Lazuli 2198

The Circus Animals’ Desertion 2200

Under Ben Bulben 2201

E. M. FORSTER 2203

The Life to Come 2204

JAMES JOYCE 2215

Illustration: Man Ray, Portrait of James Joyce, 1922 2215

Illustration: Photo of Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), Dublin, with

view of Nelson’s Pillar 2217

DUBLINERS 2218

Araby 2218

Eveline 2222

Clay 2225

The Dead 2229

Ulysses 2257

[Chapter 13. “Nausicaa”] 2257

RESPONSES

Hon. John M. Woolsey: 1933 Decision of the United States District

Court Lifting the Ban on Ulysses 2279

Seamus Heaney: from Station Island 2283h

T. S. ELIOT 2284

Illustration: T. S. Eliot 2284

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock 2287

RESPONSES

Arthur Waugh: [Cleverness and the New Poetry] 2291

Ezra Pound: Drunken Helots and Mr. Eliot 2293h

Gerontion 2295

The Waste Land 2297

RESPONSES

Fadwa Tuqan: In the Aging City 2310

Martin Rowson: from The Waste Land 2312h

The Hollow Men 2318

Journey of the Magi 2320

Four Quartets 2321

Burnt Norton 2321

Tradition and the Individual Talent 2326

VIRGINIA WOOLF 2331

Illustration: Virginia Woolf 2331

Illustration: Virginia Woolf and T. S. Eliot 2333

The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection 2334

Mrs Dalloway 2338

Illustration: View of Regent Street, London, 1927 2349

RESPONSE

Sigrid Nunez: On Rereading Mrs. Dalloway 2437h

from A Room of One’s Own 2442

KATHERINE MANSFIELD 2478

The Daughters of the Late Colonel 2478

D. H. LAWRENCE 2491

Piano 2494

Song of a Man Who Has Come Through 2494

Tortoise Shout 2494

Snake 2497

Bavarian Gentians 2499

Cypresses 2499

Odour of Chrysanthemums 2501

Surgery for the Novel–or a Bomb 2514

P. G. WODEHOUSE (Web)

The Clicking of Cuthbert (Web)

GRAHAM GREENE 2517

A Chance for Mr Lever 2517

PERSPECTIVES

World War II and the End of Empire 2527

SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL 2528

Illustration: Winston Churchill, June 1943 2529

Two Speeches Before the House of Commons 2529

STEPHEN SPENDER 2536

Icarus 2537

What I Expected 2537

The Express 2538

The Pylons 2538

ELIZABETH BOWEN 2539

Mysterious Kôr 2540

EVELYN WAUGH 2549

The Man Who Liked Dickens 2550

Cruise 2559

RESPONSE

Monty Python: Travel Agent 2563h

GEORGE ORWELL 2566

Shooting an Elephant 2567

DYLAN THOMAS 2572

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the

Flower 2573

Fern Hill 2574

Poem in October 2575

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night 2576

SAMUEL BECKETT 2577

Illustration: Samuel Beckett 2577

Endgame 2579

POSTWAR ENGLISH VOICES 2614

W. H. AUDEN 2614

“Sir, no man’s enemy, forgiving all” 2615

Lullaby 2616

Spain 2617

September 1, 1939 2619

Musée des Beaux Arts 2621

In Memory of W. B. Yeats 2622

Law Like Love 2624

In Memory of Sigmund Freud 2625

The Hidden Law 2628

In Praise of Limestone 2628

PHILIP LARKIN 2631

Church Going 2631

The Importance of Elsewhere 2633

MCMXIV 2633

Talking in Bed 2634

High Windows 2635

Annus Mirabilis 2635

Homage to a Government 2636

Aubade 2636

THOM GUNN 2637

Lines for a Book 2638

Elvis Presley 2639

A Map of the City 2639

Black Jackets 2640

From the Wave 2640

The Hug 2641

Patch Work 2642

The Missing 2642

TED HUGHES 2643

Wind 2644

Relic 2645

Theology 2645

Dust As We Are 2645

Leaf Mould 2646

Telegraph Wires 2647

CAROL ANN DUFFY 2648

Originally 2648

Translating the English, 1989 2649

Little Red-Cap 2650

Elvis’s Twin Sister 2651

The Diet 2652

Anon 2653

NADINE GORDIMER 2654

What Were You Dreaming? 2655

DEREK WALCOTT 2661

A Far Cry from Africa 2662

Volcano 2662

Wales 2663

The Fortunate Traveller 2664

Midsummer 2669

50 (“I once gave my daughters, separately, two conch shells”) 2669

52 (“I heard them marching the leaf-wet roads of my head”) 2669

54 (“The midsummer sea, the hot pitch road, this grass, these shacks

that made me”) 2670

V. S. NAIPAUL 2671

In a Free State 2672

Prologue, from a Journal: The Tramp at Piraeus 2672

Epilogue, from a Journal: The Circus at Luxor 2679

TOM STOPPARD 2684

The Invention of Love 2685

SEAMUS HEANEY 2739

Personal Helicon 2740

Requiem for the Croppies 2740

Punishment 2740

Act of Union 2742

The Skunk 2742

The Toome Road 2743

The Singer’s House 2744

In Memorium Francis Ledwidge 2745

Postscript 2746

A Call 2746

The Errand 2747

The Gaeltacht 2747

SALMAN RUSHDIE 2748

Illustration: Salman Rushdie 2748

Chekov and Zulu 2749

The Courter 2758

PERSPECTIVES

Whose Language? 2772

NG

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UG

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I WA THIONG’O 2773

Decolonizing the Mind 2774

Native African Languages 2774

EAVAN BOLAND 2777

Anorexic 2778

Mise Eire 2780

The Pomegranate 2781

A Woman Painted on a Leaf 2782

PAUL MULDOON 2783

Cuba 2783

Aisling 2784

Meeting the British 2784

Sleeve Notes 2785

NUALA NÍ DHOMHNAILL 2791

Feeding a Child 2792

Parthenogenesis 2793

Labasheedy (The Silken Bed) 2795

As for the Quince 2796

Why I Choose to Write in Irish, The Corpse That Sits Up and Talks Back 2797

GWYNETH LEWIS 2805

Therapy 2805

Mother Tongue 2806

ROBERT CRAWFORD 2807

The Saltcoats Structuralists 2807

Alba Einstein 2808

W. N. HERBERT 2809

Cabaret McGonagall 2809

Smirr 2812

CONTEMPORARY BRITISH FICTION 2812

ALAN MOORE AND DAVID LLOYD 2812

from V for Vendetta 2813

HANIF KUREISHI 2836

Something to Tell You 2836

NICK HORNBY 2847

from Speaking with the Angel 2848

ZADIE SMITH 2861

Martha, Martha 2862

Credits 2873

Index 2879

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