The Longman Anthology of Gothic Verse

Paperback (Print)
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 36%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $23.97
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 50%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $23.97   
  • New (5) from $37.84   
  • Used (8) from $23.97   


Gothic verse liberated the dark side of Romantic and Victorian verse: its medievalism, melancholy and morbidity. Some poets intended merely to shock or entertain, but Gothic also liberated the creative imagination and inspired them to enter disturbing areas of the psyche and to portray extreme states of human consciousness. This anthology illustrates that journey.

This is the first modern anthology of Gothic verse. It traces the rise of Gothic in the late eighteenth century and follows its footsteps through the nineteenth century. Gothic has never truly died as it constantly reinvents itself, and this lively, illustrated and annotated anthology offers students the atmospheric poetry that originally studded terror novels and inspired horror films. Alongside canonical verse by Coleridge, Keats and Poe, it introduces readers to lesser-known authors’ excursions into the macabre and the grotesque. A wide range of poetic forms is included: as well as ballads, tales, lyrics, meditative odes and dramatic monologues, a medievalist romance by Scott and Gothic drama by Byron are also included in full.

A substantial introduction by Caroline Franklin puts the rise of Gothic poetry into its historical context, relating it both to Romanticism and Enlightenment historicism. Although Gothic fiction has now been receiving serious critical attention for twenty years, Gothic verse has been largely overlooked. It is therefore hoped that this anthology will stimulate scholarly interest as well as readers’ pleasure in these unearthly poems.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"A landmark publication in the field of both Gothic and Romantic scholarship, Franklin's The Longman Anthology of Gothic Verse is bound fundamentally to shift and alter the way we teach, and critically conceptualise, the poetry and prose of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries."

- BARS Bulletin & Review

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405899314
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/26/2010
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Franklin is Professor of English at the University of Swansea, UK.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of plates




Introduction 1

Thomas Percy (1729-1811) - editor 17

Edward 17

Sweet William's Ghost 20

Walter Scott (1771-1832) - editor 23

The Cruel Sister 23

Edward Young (bap. 1683-1765) 27

From the Complaint: or, Night Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality 27

Robert Blair (1699-1746) 29

From the Grave, A Poem 29

Thomas Gray (1716-1771) 32

The Fatal Sisters: An Ode 32

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) 36

The Erl-King 36

The Bride of Corinth 38

Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806) 46

Sonnet 44

George Crabbe (1754-1832) 48

'Peter Grimes' from The Borough 48

The World of Dreams 58

Mary Darby Robinson (1756-1800) 70

The Haunted Beach 70

Robert Burns (1759-1796) 73

Tam O'Shanter: A Tale 73

Joanna Baillie (1762-1851) 82

The Ghost of Faden 82

Helen Maria Williams (1761-1827) 90

Part of an Irregular Fragment 90

Ann Ward Radcliffe (1764-1823) 98

Shipwreck 98

William Taylor (1765-1836) 100

Ellenore 100

James Hogg (bap. 1770-1835) 112

The Witch of Fife 113

Kilmeny 124

Superstition 136

A Witch's Chant 143

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) 145

The Thorn 146

The Danish Boy, a Fragment 154

From The Prelude, Book 1 - childhood and school time 156

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) 160

The Lay of the Last Minstrel 160

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) 256

The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere in Seven Parts 258

Christabel 279

Robert Southey (1774-1843) 300

The Old Woman of Berkeley 302

God's Judgement on a Wicked Bishop 308

Cornelius Agrippa 311

From Thalaba the Destroyer, Book 8 313

M. G. Lewis (1775-1818) 317

Midnight Hymn 318

Alonzo the Brave and Fair Imogine 320

John Herman Merivale (1779-1844) 325

The Dead Men of Pest 325

Thomas Moore (1779-1852) 332

The Lake of the Dismal Swamp 332

Charlotte Dacre - Charlotte King Byrne (1782?-1825) 335

Death and the Lady 336

The Mistress to the Spirit of her Lover 340

Mildew 342

(James Henry) Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) 343

Politics and Poetics 343

Thomas Love Peacock (1785-1866) 349

A Damsel Came in Midnight Rain 349

It Was a Friar of Orders Free 351

The Pool of the Diving Friar 352

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824) 356

Manfred, A Dramatic Poem 356

'The Black Friar' from Don Juan 403

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) 414

Fragment, or the Triumph of Conscience 414

Song: 'Ah! faint, are her limbs' 415

Zeinab and Kathema 416

Ginevra 422

John Clare (1793-1864) 428

The Haunted Pond 428

An Invite to Eternity 433

Felicia Dorothea Hemans (nee Browne) (1793-1835) 435

Second Sight 436

The Haunted House 437

John Keats (1795-1821) 440

Lamia 440

Isabella, or, The Pot of Basil 461

The Eve of St Agnes 478

La Belle Dame sans Merci 492

Nathaniel Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839) 495

The Mistletoe Bough 495

Thomas Hood (1799-1845) 497

The Last Man 497

Mary's Ghost 504

Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803-1849) 507

Dirge 508

Song 508

A Voice from the Water 509

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) 510

The Raven 511

The Haunted Palace 515

The Sleeper 517

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) 519

The Lady of Shalott 519

Robert Browning (1812-1889) 526

Porphyria's Lover 526

Emily Jane Bronte (1818-1848) 529

I'm Happiest When Most Away 530

The Night is Darkening Round Me 530

In the Earth, the Earth, Thou Shalt be Laid 531

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) 532

I Like a Look of Agony 532

I Felt a Funeral in my Brain 532

One Need not be a Chamber - to be Haunted 533

Because I Could not Stop for Death 534

I Heard a Fly Buzz when I Died 535

Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830-1894) 536

Goblin Market 536

James Thomson, pseud. B.V. (1834-1882) 553

In the Room 554

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909) 561

After Death 561

Itylus 564

John Davidson (1857-1909) 567

A Ballad of a Nun 567

(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) 573

The Vampire 573

Bibliography 575

Index 581

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)