Selected Poems of Thomas Hood, Winthrop Mackworth Praed and Thomas Lovell Beddoes

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This anthology brings together three powerfully original figures who vividly capture the spirit and anxieties of their age. Thomas Hood and Winthrop Mackworth Praed write with a self-conscious playfulness about literary history and traditions as well as an active and often satirical engagement with contemporary social and political culture. Thomas Lovell Beddoes has always held the interest of the “dark” Victorianists for his lushly lurid imagination and of the modernists for his ironic, frequently caustic ...

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This anthology brings together three powerfully original figures who vividly capture the spirit and anxieties of their age. Thomas Hood and Winthrop Mackworth Praed write with a self-conscious playfulness about literary history and traditions as well as an active and often satirical engagement with contemporary social and political culture. Thomas Lovell Beddoes has always held the interest of the “dark” Victorianists for his lushly lurid imagination and of the modernists for his ironic, frequently caustic verses.  Most of all, these are three amazingly interesting poets—full of verbal wit, evocative imagery, compelling imaginations.
 
Although he started by writing in the style of Keats, Thomas Hood (1799–1845) declared, “I have to be a lively Hood for a livelihood,” and devoted most of his career to comic verse. But his sheer verbal ingenuity and endlessly inventive punning do not conceal his phobias and fears, nor overshadow the emerging social protest that was to shape the impressive poems in his later years.
 
Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802–1839) observed the social scene of his day—the flirtations, political intrigues, elegant chit-chat, and parliamentary procedures—with sparkling, self-deprecating wit. Having read law, Praed was called to the Bar in 1829 and entered Parliament as a Conservative in 1830. Even so, he wrote to his school friend and future editor, “Having been favoured by Nature with a long face, a short purse, and two elder Brothers, I find no way of making myself popular in the circle in which she has placed me, except versifying.”
 
Thomas LovellBeddoes (1803–1849), who committed suicide, was, in the editors’ words “brilliant, solitary, eccentric, erratic, homosexual, politically radical, a poet of powerful, haunting imagination, and, like the other morbidly witty poets in this volume, is most characteristic for his defiance of easy characterization.” He has been called the last Elizabethan, a Jacobean scion, an original interpreter of gothic terror, the first modernist, and, with his comic grotesqueries, a precursor of the twentieth-century theater of the absurd.
 
The editors’ introductions to each poet are lively and accessible to the non-specialist, while their editorial work, both in establishing the texts and in their annotation and apparatus, makes this an ideal text for specialist study as well.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822957607
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Ser.
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Table of Dates
Further Reading
1
The Ballad of 'Sally Brown, and Ben the Carpenter' (Faithless Sally Brown) 9
Fair Ines 11
Ode: Autumn 13
Sonnet. - Silence 15
Sonnet Written in Keats' Endymion 15
Sonnet: - Death 16
The Death-Bed 16
A Freiendly Epistle to Mrs. Fry in Newgate 17
Stanzas (I remember, I remember) 22
Autumn 23
Faithless Nelly Gray 23
The Last Man 26
Mary's Ghost 33
Ruth 35
Song (The stars are with the voyager) 35
Death in the Kitchen 36
The Dream of Eugene Aram, the Murderer 38
Domestic Asides; or, Truth in Parentheses 47
Ode to Mr. Malthus 48
Sally Simpkin's Lament; or, John Jones's Kit-Cat-Apostrophe 52
A Waterloo Ballad 53
A Parental Ode to My Son, Aged Three Years and Five Months 56
I'm going to Bombay 58
Ode To the Advocates for the Removal of Smithfield Market 61
The Lament of Toby, the Learned Pig 64
Miss Kilmansegg and Her Precious Leg 67
Lear 141
The Song of the Shirt 141
The Workhouse Clock 144
The Bridge of Sighs 147
Stanzas (Farewell, Life!) 150
153
Laura 159
To Julia 166
The Bachelor 172
Chaunt I 180
Chaunt II 183
Time's Song 186
Good-Night to the Season 186
My Partner 190
The Fancy Ball 193
A Letter of Advice 197
Twenty-eight and Twenty-nine 201
Arrivals at a Watering-Place 204
You'll Come to Our Ball (Our Ball) 208
School and Schoolfellows 211
Childhood and His Visitors 214
Beauty and Her Visitors 216
Anticipation 218
Lines Written for a Blank Page of 'The Keepsake' 219
The Legend of the Haunted Tree 221
Waterloo 235
The Belle of the Ball-Room, An Every-day Character 237
Stanzas Written in Lady Myrtle's Boccaccio 240
The Talented Man 243
One More Quadrille (The Last Quadrille) 245
Stanzas To the Speaker Asleep 247
249
Preface 251
Alfarabi 257
To Night 262
To a Bunch of Grapes 262
The Brides' Tragedy: From Act I.I: Lines, ' 'Twas on a fragrant bank I laid me down' with Song 264
The Brides' Tragedy: From Act II.I with Song 266
The Brides' Tragedy: From Act III.II: Floribel's soliloquy, 'And must I wake again? Oh come to me?' 268
Lines Written by the Author of 'The Bride's [sic] Tragedy', in the blank-leaf of the 'Prometheus Unbound' 269
A Crocodile 270
Sweat to Die (Death Sweet) 270
Midnight Hymn 271
A Lake 271
Dream of Dying 271
Lines Written at Geneva; July, 1824 273
A Dirge (To-day is a thought) 274
Sonnet: To Tartar, a Terrier Beauty 274
Pygmalion 275
Humble Beginnings 282
from Torrismond: From Act I.III: Veronica's quatorzain and Song 283
from Torrismond: From Act I.IV (O father, father! must I have no father) 284
from The Second Brother: From Act I.I, with Song 285
from The Second Brother: From Act I.II, with Song 285
from The Second Brother: From Act II.I, a simile 286
songs from Death's Jest-Book: Opening of Act II.I: Dirge 287
songs from Death's Jest-Book: From Act III.III, with Song by Ishrand 288
songs from Death's Jest-Book: From Act IV.III, with Songs 290
songs from Death's Jest-Book: From Act V.IV, with Songs and Dirge
Another Letter to the Same [Bryan Waller Procter] 297
The Ghosts' Moonshine 299
Lines written in the album of one who had watched the progress of the American and French revolutions 301
Silenus in Proteus 303
Lord Alcohol 304
Dream-Pedlary 305
Love-in-Idleness 307
Dirge (Let dew the flowers fill) 308
An Unfinished Draft (A thousand buds are breaking) 309
Song of the Stygian Naiades 310
Thanatos to Kenelm 311
The Phanton-Wooer 312
Threnody (Far away) 313
from Death's Jest-Book: From Act I.I: Song from the Ship 314
from Death's Jest-Book: From Act I.II: A Beautiful Night 315
from Death's Jest-Book: From Act I.IV: A Voice from the Waters; A Subterranean City 316
from Death's Jest-Book: From Act V.I: The Slight and Degenerate Nature of Man 316
Notes 317
Index of Titles and First Lines 382
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