Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Blackwell Annotated Anthologies Series) / Edition 1

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Victorian Poetry: An Annotated Anthology is a fully annotated and illustrated collection of Victorian poetry. The Anthology features a generous selection of work by all the major figures of the age, including Matthew Arnold, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson and Oscar Wilde, as well as many less well-known writers. Several long poems are presented in their entirety, such as Arnold's 'Empedocles on Etna', Clough's Amours de Voyage, Meredith's Modern Love and Tennyson's In Memoriam AHH. All the major genres of the period are represented, including dramatic monologue, dramatic lyric, lyric, sonnet, elegy, ballad, philosophical drama, and the epistolary poem. Each poet is introduced by a biographical headnote, and each poem is prefaced by a note giving publication details, biographical facts, contextual material, and other information. The poems themselves are also fully annotated. Extensive introductory material enables readers to read across the volume chronologically, thematically, or by individual author.

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"This is an excellent guide to the poetry of the period, and a teaching tool of obvious integrity, offering both help where it is needed and the kind of challenges that are essential to a meaningful learning experience." Modern Language Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631234364
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Series: Blackwell Annotated Anthologies Series, #2
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 1,247,793
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis O’Gorman is Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of Leeds, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a Companion of the Guild of St George. He has written widely on the Victorian period, including the books John Ruskin (1999) and Late Ruskin: New Contexts (2001) and is the editor of The Victorian Novel (Blackwell Publishing, 2002).
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Table of Contents

Suggested Contents by Theme and Genre.

Alphabetical List of Authors.

List of Plates.





Poetry included (short titles).

Thomas Macaulay (1800-59).

‘Horatius: A Lay made about the Year of the City CCCLX’.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-61).

‘Bertha in the Lane’.

‘The Cry of the Children’.

‘Rime of the Duchess May’.

‘The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point’.

‘Hiram Powers’ Greek Slave’.

Sonnets from the Portuguese (selection):.

‘I thought once how Theocritus had sung’.

‘I never gave a lock of hair away’.

‘If I leave all for thee’.

‘How do I love thee? Let me count the ways’.

‘Beloved, thou has brought me many flowers’.

‘Lord Walter’s Wife’.

‘A Musical Instrument’.

‘Amy’s Cruelty’.

Alfred Tennyson (1809-92).

‘The Dying Swan’.


‘The Lotos-Eaters’.

‘The Lady of Shalott’.

‘The Epic/Morte d’Arthur’.


‘Now sleeps the crimson petal’.


‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’.

‘To the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava’.

‘Crossing the Bar’.

Robert Browning (1812-89).

‘Porphyria’s Lover’.

‘My Last Duchess’.

‘The Bishop Orders his Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church’.

‘Fra Lippo Lippi’.

‘Andrea del Sarto’.

‘“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”’.

‘A Toccata of Galuppi’s’.

‘Two in the Campagna’.

‘Caliban upon Setebos’.

‘Eurydice to Orpheus: A Picture by Leighton’.


Emily Brontë (1818-48).

‘High waving heather’.

‘The Night-Wind.

‘Shall earth no more inspire thee[?]’.

‘To Imagination’.


‘The Prisoner: A Fragment’.

‘No coward soul is mine’.

Arthur Hugh Clough (1819-61).

‘Say not the struggle nought availeth’.

Amours de Voyage.

‘The Latest Decalogue’.

Matthew Arnold (1822-88).

‘A Summer Night’.

‘To Marguerite – Continued’.

‘Empedocles on Etna’.

‘The Buried Life’.

‘The Scholar-Gipsy’.

‘Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse’.

‘Dover Beach’.

Adelaide Anne Procter (1825-64).

‘Philip and Mildred’.

‘A Legend of Provence’.

George Meredith (1828-1909).

Modern Love.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82).

‘The Burden of Nineveh’.

‘Sestina. Of the Lady Pietra degli Scrovigni’.


‘Nuptial Sleep’.

‘Song 8: The Woodspurge’.

Christina G. Rossetti (1830-94).

‘In an Artist’s Studio’.

‘An Apple-Gathering’.

‘A Birthday’.

‘Goblin Market’.

‘Song: When I am dead, my dearest’.

‘Winter: My Secret’.

‘The Lambs of Grasmere, 1860’.

‘Shut Out’.

‘The World’.

‘A Christmas Carol: In the bleak mid-winter’.

‘In life our absent friend’.


‘Babylon the Great’.

James Thomson, ‘B. V.’ (1834-82).

The City of Dreadful Night.

William Morris (1834-96).

‘The Haystack in the Floods’.

‘The Defence of Guenevere’.

‘Concerning Geffray Teste Noire’.

‘Iceland First Seen’.

Alfred Austin (1835-1913).

‘Henry Bartle Edward Frere’.

Augusta Webster (1837-94).


‘A Castaway’.


Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909).

‘Hymn to Proserpine’.


‘Laus Veneris’.

‘Ave Atque Vale: In Memory of Charles Baudelaire’.

‘A Forsaken Garden’.

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928).


‘Drummer Hodge’.

‘The Darkling Thrush’.

‘In the Old Theatre, Fiesole’.

‘The Ruined Maid’.

‘The Self-Unseeing’.

‘In Tenebris I’.

‘Shelley’s Skylark’.

‘Lausanne: In Gibbon’s Old Garden’.

‘The Revisitation’.

Gerard M[anley] Hopkins (1844-89).

‘Spring and Fall’.

‘The Wreck of the Deutschland’.

‘As kingfishers catch fire’.

‘God’s Grandeur’.

‘Pied Beauty’.

‘The Windhover’.


‘That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection’.

‘Harry Ploughman’.

‘Binsey Poplars’.

‘No worst, there is none’.

‘My own heart let me more have pity on’.

Eugene Lee-Hamilton (1845-1907).

‘The New Medusa’.

Imaginary Sonnets: ‘Laura to Petrarch’.

‘Carmagnola to the Republic of Venice’.

‘Fallopius to his Dissecting Knife’.

‘Charles Edward to his Last Friend’.

Michael Field (Katherine Bradley [1846-1914] and Edith Cooper [1862-1913]).

‘Maids, not to you my mind doth change’.

‘La Gioconda’.

‘A Portrait: Bartolommeo Veneto’.

‘A Girl’.


‘Sometimes I do despatch my heart’.

‘It was deep April’.

‘Nests in Elms’.

Four Victorian Hymns.

‘The day thou gavest’ (Ellerton).

‘Take my life and let it be’ (Havergal).

‘Onward Christian soldiers’ (Baring-Gould).

‘My God how wonderful thou art’ (Faber).

W[illiam] E[rnest] Henley (1849-1903).

In Hospital.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900).

‘Fantaisies Décoratives: II. Les Ballons’.

‘Symphony in Yellow’.

The Ballad of Reading Gaol.

John Davidson (1857-1909).

‘Thirty Bob a Week’.

‘A Woman and her Son’.


‘The Crystal Palace’.

May Kendall (1861-?1943).

‘Lay of the Trilobite’.

Amy Levy (1861-89).

‘Xantippe: A Fragment’.

‘A Minor Poet’.

‘A Ballad of Religion and Marriage’.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936).

‘Fuzzy Wuzzy’.

‘Gunga Din’.


‘Recessional, A Victorian Ode’.

‘The White Man’s Burden’.

‘If – ’.

‘The Way through the Woods’.

Arthur Symons (1865-1945).

‘From Théophile Gautier: Posthumous Coquetry’.

‘The Absinthe Drinker’.

‘Javanese Dancers’.




‘White Heliotrope’.

‘Stella Maris’.

Ernest Dowson (1867-1900).

‘Nuns of the Perpetual Adoration’.

‘Extreme Unction’.

‘Nun Sum Qualis Eram Bonae Sub Regno Cynarae’.

‘Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat incohare longam’.

Lionel Johnson (1867-1902).


‘By the Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross’.

‘The Dark Angel’.

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928).

‘The Forest Road’.

‘Madeleine in Church’.

‘The Trees are Down’.

Select Bibliography.

Index of titles.

Index of First Lines

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