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This welcome two-volume reissue of John Wain's classic anthologies celebrates four centuries of English poetry from the Elizabethan era to the present.
Beginning with the English Renaissance poet Edmund Spenser, the collection progresses through the periods of metaphysical poets such as Donne and Marvell, Augustans such as Dryden and Pope, Victorians such as Tennyson and Browning, and World War I poets such as Sassoon and W.H. Auden. In addition, the anthology includes the works of contemporary poets, featuring Seamus Heaney, Anne Stevenson, Peter Levi, and Ted Hughes, among many others. The result is a rich and varied portrait of the poetry of the ages--comic and dramatic, conventional and unconventional--that is enhanced by works of the less well-known poets. A beautiful record of Britain and Ireland's verbal heritage, this work will delight all poetry lovers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192804211
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 5.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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John Wain is a writer who has published some twenty-five books in the past twenty-five years, including various anthologies and many critical studies of poetry.

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Table of Contents

from Songs of Innocence
Introduction 1
The Lamb 2
The Ecchoing Green 2
The Chimney Sweeper 3
Infant Joy 4
On Another's Sorrow 4
The School Boy 5
from Songs of Experience
The Clod & the Pebble 6
The Sick Rose 6
The Fly 7
The Tyger 7
The Garden of Love 8
London 8
The Human Abstract 9
Infant Sorrow 10
A Poison Tree 10
Auguries of Innocence 10
from Milton
Jerusalem 14
'But turning toward Ololon in terrible majesty Milton' 14
To Morning 15
from Visions of the Daughters of Albion 15
Auld Lang Syne
Green Grow the Rashes 17
Coming Through the Rye 18
For A' That 18
Whistle, and I'll come to You, My Lad 19
A Red, Red Rose 20
To a Mouse, on turning her up in her Nest with the Plough 21
O Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast 21
Hay Making 23
Dover Cliffs 24
The Sleeping Beauty 25
Ginevra 26
A Wish 28
Kilmeny 29
A Boy's Song 37
Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey 38
Lucy Gray 42
The Fountain 44
Michael 46
Lucy 57
Resolution and Independence 58
Sonnets
London, 1802 62
'It is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free' 62
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 63
The Solitary Reaper 63
from The Prelude 64
from The Lay of the Last Minstrel
The Minstrel 90
Melrose Abbey 92
Love 93
Nature's Sympathy with the Poet 93
Patriotism 94
Lochinvar 95
from The Lady of the Lake
Flowers and Trees 97
Boat Song 97
Coronach 98
Ballad: Alice Brand 99
Harp of the North, Farewell! 102
from Rokeby
Song: Brignall Banks 103
Songs from the Novels
Hie Away, Hie Away 104
Lucy Ashton's Song 105
Sound, Sound the Clarion 105
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner 106
Dejection: An Ode 123
Work Without Hope 127
Kubla Khan 128
To a Young Ass 129
This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison 130
The Homeric Hexameter 132
After Blenheim 132
Among His Books 134
The Inchcape Rock 135
Bishop Hatto and the Rats 137
The Old Familiar Faces 139
The Triumph of the Whale 140
To Night 141
Rose Aylmer 142
On His Seventy-fifth Birthday 142
Dirce 142
Playhouse Musings 142
Ye Mariners of England 145
The Soldier's Dream 146
The Minstrel Boy 147
She is Far from the Land 147
Pro Patria Mori 148
Echoes 148
The Journey Onwards 149
Battle Song 150
When Wilt Thou Save the People? 151
Spring 151
Song 152
'A wet sheet and a flowing sea' 153
Abou Ben Adhem 154
Jenny Kissed Me 154
The Grasshopper and the Cricket 155
The Grave of Love 155
from Nightmare Abbey
Three Men of Gotham 156
from Maid Marian
Robin Hood and the Grey Friars 156
Over, Over 157
from Crotchet Castle
The Priest and the Mulberry Tree 159
The War Song of Dinas Vawr 160
The Leveller 161
She Walks in Beauty 162
The Destruction of Sennacherib 162
from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage 163
Lines on Hearing that Lady Byron was Ill 167
from Stanzas
'When a man hath no freedom' 168
Prometheus 168
from Don Juan 170
Vision of Judgment 184
The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna 208
Song: 'Oh say not that my heart is cold' 209
Song: To Mary 209
The Mask of Anarchy 210
England in 1819 223
Ozymandias 224
Ode to the West Wind 224
To a Skylark 227
To the Moon 229
Summer and Winter 230
Love's Philosophy 230
Adonais 231
One Word is Too Often Profaned 245
Music, When Soft Voices Die 245
Written in Northampton County Asylum 246
Noon 246
After Reading in a Letter Proposals for Building a Cottage 248
Sudden Shower 249
from The Flitting 249
Sonnets 250
To ****** 251
'How many bards gild the lapses of time!' 251
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer 252
On the Grasshopper and Cricket 'Happy is England! I could be content' 252
from Endymion 252
The Eve of St. Agnes 255
Ode to a Nightingale 265
Ode on a Grecian Urn 268
Ode to Psyche 269
Ode: 'Bards of Passion and of Mirth' 271
To Autumn 272
Ode on Melancholy 273
from Hyperion 274
On Oxford. A Parody 287
La Belle Dame Sans Merci 288
The Loveliness of Love 290
Song: 'Sweet in her green dell the flower of beauty slumbers' 291
She was a Queen 291
Song: 'She is not fair to outward view' 293
To a Lofty Beauty, from her Poor Kinsman 293
I've Plucked the Berry 294
A Novel of High Life 294
Autumn 295
The Bridge of Sighs 297
I remember, I remember 300
Ballad: Time of Roses 301
Horatius 301
The Battle of Naseby 318
Epitaph on a Jacobite 320
The Armada 320
The Wife A-Lost 322
The Wind at the Door 323
The Vicar 324
School and Schoolfellows 327
The Nameless One 329
Dark Rosaleen 331
from Death's Jest Book 333
Sailors' Song 334
Wolfram's Dirge 334
Dream-Pedlary
And Shall Trelawny Die? 335
Are They Not All Ministering Spirits? 336
The Shandon Bells 337
from Aurora Leigh 338
The Sweetness of England 340
The Cry of the Children 344
Cowper's Grave 346
The Sleep
from Sonnets from the Portuguese
'I thought once how Theocritus had sung' 348
'Unlike are we, unlike, O princely Heart' 348
'Thou hast thy calling to some palace-floor' 349
'Go from me. Yet I feel that I shall stand' 349
'What can I give thee back, O liberal' 349
'Yet, love, mere love, is beautiful indeed' 350
'If thou must love me, let it be for nought' 350
'My letters! all dead paper, ... mute and white!' 350
'How do I love thee? Let me count the ways' 351
The Irish Emigrant 351
Old Song 353
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam of Naishapur 355
Mariana 366
The Lady of Shallot 368
The Lotos-Eaters 373
Ulysses 374
Morte D'Arthur 376
from The Princess
'Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean' 382
'Home they brought her warrior dead' 382
'Now sleeps the crimson petal, now the white' 383
from In Memoriam 383
from Maud 384
The Brook 386
The Charge of the Light Brigade 392
Northern Farmer: New Style 393
'Come not, when I am dead' 396
Little Billee 396
The Ballad of Bouillabaisse 397
The Dong with a Luminous Nose 400
Limericks
'There was an Old Person of Basing' 402
'There was an Old Man of Whitehaven' 403
'There was an Old Man of Thermopylae' 403
'There was an Old Man who screamed out' 403
'There was an Old Person of Bow' 403
'How pleasant to know Mr Lear!' 403
from The Pied Piper of Hamelin 404
Fra Lippo Lippi 405
Two in the Campagna 414
The Bishop Orders his Tomb at St. Praxed's Church 416
Caliban upon Setebos 419
Remembrance 426
The Old Stoic 427
My Lady's Grave 427
Last Lines 428
A Death Scene 429
from Amours de Voyage 431
Ode to the North-East Wind 438
The Sands of Dee 439
Young and Old 440
The High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire 441
The Old Oak Tree at Hatfield Broadoak 445
Shakespeare 448
The Scholar Gipsy 449
Dover Beach 455
Heraclitus 456
from The Angel in the House 457
The Toys 459
Four Ducks on a Pond 460
The Blessed Damozel 461
Sibylla Palmifera 465
On Refusal of Aid between Nations 465
from Modern Love 466
Goblin Market 466
Remember 480
'A Bruised Reed Shall He Not Break' 480
Song 481
Ballad 482
from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
'Will You Walk a Little Faster?' 483
from Through the Looking-Glass
Jabberwocky 484
The Sun Was Shining On The Sea 485
from The Hunting of the Snark
The Baker's Tale 488
The Vanishing 489
To Peace 491
Summer Dawn 491
The Haystack in the Floods 492
Chorus from 'Atalanta' 496
A Forsaken Garden<
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