Ancient Egypt in Poetry: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Verse

Ancient Egypt in Poetry: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Verse

by Donald P. Ryan (Editor)


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Egypt’s ancient pyramids, temples, and tombs along the Nile, which have inspired artists and writers for centuries, have also inspired poets—and particularly in the nineteenth century when romanticism was at its height. Egyptologist Donald Ryan here collects a wide variety of English verse composed by British, Irish, and North American poets fired up by the magic, the splendor, or the desolation of the pharaonic ruins and their echoes of a distant history.
Includes verse by: Robert Browning, Lord Byron, John Keats, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Herman Melville, John Ruskin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Alfred Tennyson, Lady Wilde, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789774167836
Publisher: American University in Cairo Press, The
Publication date: 10/22/2016
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 4.80(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Donald P. Ryan is an Egyptologist and archaeologist who has excavated for several years in the Valley of the Kings.

Table of Contents


A Dream Of Egypt: Water, Sky & Earth
Egypt, Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Egypt, Alfred Tennyson
A Dream of Egypt, Evelyn Douglas
Egypt, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A Dream of Egypt, John Todhunter
Egypt and the Nile, Bernard Barton
The Nile, James Leigh Hunt
To the Nile, John Keats
To the Nile, Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Lotus of the Nile, Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton
To the Nile, Bayard Taylor
The Desert, Mathilde Blind
Inevitable Death, Michael Field

Ruins and Artifacts
Egypt's Might Is Fallen Down, Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
The Eyes of the Nile, Lydia Howard Sigourney
Ruins, Jane Francesca Wilde
Ozymandias, Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ozymandias: On a Stupendous Leg of Granite, Horace Smith
Shelley's Ozymandias, Richard Watson Gilder
Sonnet LX, Robert Ferguson
Before the Statue of Chephren, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
To a Pair of Egyptian Slippers, Edwin Arnold
An Egyptian Gem, Thomas Stephens Collier
The Papyrus, Robert Treat Paine
A Papyrus Hunt, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
The Obelisk, Richard Watson Gilder
The Obelisk During The Great Frost -1881, Mathilde Blind
Cleopatra's Needle, Alfred Tennyson

Up & Down The Nile
Alexandria, Nicholas Michell
Sais, Richard Chenevix Trench
Heliopolis, Joseph Ellis
The Dream-City Of Khuenaten, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
The Sons of Cush, William Lisle Bowles
Thebes, Seymour Green Wheeler Benjamin
Luxor, Richard Monckton Milnes
The Theban Plain, Charles Dent Bell
The Colossi on the Plain, Mathilde Blind
Written on the Plains of Thebes, John William Burgon
The Twin Colossi, Charles Dent Bell
Syene, Joseph Ellis

The Pyramids & Sphinx
Morning Mist on the Great Pyramid, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
The Pyramid, Samuel Beadle
The Pyramids, John Tabb
The Great Pyramid, Hermann Melville
To Peter Cooper, Anne Charlotte Lynch Botta
The Great Pyramid, Isaac McLellan
The Sphinx, Mathilde Blind
The Sphinx, Henry Howard Brownell
Sonnet XL, Robert Ferguson
The Sphinx Speaks, Francis Saltus Saltus

Where are the Great and Sceptred Kings? Charles Dent Bell
Cheops, George Gordon Noel Byron
Queen Hatasu, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Rameses II, Charles Dent Bell
Rameses II (Boulak Museum), Charles Dent Bell
Cleopatra, Algernon Charles Swineburne
Antony and Cleopatra, William Haines Lytle
Cleopatra Dying, Thomas Stephens Collier
Death of Cleopatra, Alice Cary

Gods & Temples
The Priestess of Athor, Evelyn Douglas
Egypt, Silas W. Mitchell
The Temple of Sais, James Drummond Burns

At Denderah, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Karnak, Richard Watson Gilder
Karnak By Moonlight, Charles Dent Bell
At Kom Ombo, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Philae, Richard Monckton Milnes
At Philae, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Aboo Simbel, Charles Dent Bell
Ipsamboul, Nicholas Michell
Abu Simbel, John Bruce Norton

Tombs & Mummies
Sonnet XXXVI, Robert Ferguson
At The Tomb of Thi, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley

The Egyptian Tomb, William Lisle Bowles
The Tombs of the Kings, Mathilde Blind
In a King's Tomb, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Valley of the Kings, Nicholas Michell
Secret of an Egyptian Tomb, F. Harald Williams
The Memphian Mummy, William Howe Cuyler Hosmer
Address to a Mummy at Belzoni's Exhibition, Horace Smith
Opening The Mummy, Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber
The Daughter of Pharaoh, Charles Warren Stoddard
The Mummy of Sesostris, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley

Egypt & The Bible, & Mysticism
The Plagues of Egypt, Jones Very
The First-Born of Egypt, Robert Browning
On A Great Deliverance, James Smetham
The Destruction of Pharaoh, John Ruskin
The Flight into Egypt, Francis Sylvester Mahoney
Ancient Egypt, Gerald Massey
In Egyptian Thebes, Evelyn Douglas
Egyptian Theosophy, Mathilde Blind
Hermes Trismegistus, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Egypt, Isaac Williams

Tourists, Humor, & Cats!
Herodotus in Egypt, Andrew Lang
A Return to Egypt, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley
Along the Nile, Henry Abbey
Welcome to Egypt, Mathilde Blind
Egypt, Isaac McLellan
Egypt Unvisited, Alaric Alexander Watts
The Pyramids, Winthrop Mackworth Praed
Pelters of Pyramids, Richard Hengist Horne
The Secret of the Sphinx, Eugene Field
The Sphinx, James Whitcomb Riley
The Naughty Little Egyptian, Mary Mapes Dodge
To My Cat, Rosamund Marriott Watson

The Poets

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