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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature: One-Volume Compact Edition

In all six of its volumes The Broadview Anthology of British Literature presents British literature in a truly distinctive light. Fully grounded in sound literary and historical scholarship, the anthology takes a fresh approach to many canonical authors, and includes a wide selection of work by lesser-known writers. The anthology also provides wide-ranging coverage of the worldwide connections of British literature, and it pays attention throughout to issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. It includes comprehensive introductions to each period, providing in each case an overview of the historical and cultural as well as the literary background. It features accessible and engaging headnotes for all authors, extensive explanatory annotations, and an unparalleled number of illustrations and contextual materials. Innovative, authoritative and comprehensive, The Broadview Anthology of British Literature has established itself as a leader in the field.

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ISBN-13: 9781554812547
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 04/20/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 2100
Sales rank: 168,989
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Our Editorial Team:

Joseph Black, University of Massachusetts
Leonard Conolly, Trent University
Kate Flint, University of Southern California
Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Roy Liuzza, University of Tennessee
Jerome McGann, University of Virginia
Anne Prescott, Barnard College
Barry Qualls, Rutgers University
Claire Waters, University of California, Davis

Table of Contents

The Medieval Period
History, Narrative, Culture
England before the Norman Conquest
Roman and Celtic Britain
Migration and Conversion
Invasion and Unification
England after the Norman Conquest
The Normans and Feudalism
Henry II and an International Culture
The Thirteenth Century
The English Monarchy
Cultural Expression in the Fourteenth Century
Fifteenth-Century Transitions
Language and Prosody
History of the Language and of Print and Manuscript Culture
Bede (
from Ecclesiastical History of the English People
A Description of the Island of Britain and Its Inhabitants
The Coming of the English to Britain
The Life and Conversion of Edwin, King of Northumbria; the Faith of the East Angles
Abbess Hild of Whitby; the Miraculous Poet Cædmon
Cædmon’s Hymn in Old and Modern English
Exeter Book Elegies
The Wanderer
The Seafarer (
The Wife’s Lament
The Ruin (
The Dream of the Rood
In Context: Background Material (
Glossary of Proper Names
The Geatish-Swedish Wars
Ælfric of Eynsham (
The Passion of Saint Edmund, King and Martyr
Marie de France
Bisclavret (The Werewolf) (
Middle English Lyrics
Sumer is icumen in
Foweles in the frith
Betwene Mersh and Averil (
Stond well, moder, under Rode
I lovede a child of this cuntree (
I have a gentil cock (
I sing of a maiden
Adam lay ibounden (
Farewell this world, I take my leve forever (
Bring us in good ale
Of all creatures women be best
My lefe is faren in a lond (
Contexts: The Crises of the Fourteenth Century
The Great Famine from Anonymous (the “Monk of Malmesbury”), Life of Edward the Second
The Hundred Years’ War from Jean Froissart, Chronicle from Prince Edward, Letter to the People of London
The Black Death from Ralph of Shrewsbury, Letter (17 August 1348)
from Henry Knighton, Chronicle
The Uprising of 1381 (
from Regulations, London (1350)
from Statute of Laborers (1351)
from Statute (1363)
from Jean Froissart, Chronicle, Account of a Sermon by John Ball
John Ball, Letter to the Common People of Essex, 1381
from Henry Knighton, Chronicle
Sir Orfeo (
In Context: Alfred’s translation of Boethieus’s Consolation of Philosophy
In Context: Walter Map, De Nugis Curialium
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Illustrations from the Original Manuscript
Geoffrey Chaucer
To Rosemounde from The Canterbury Tales
The General Prologue
The Knight’s Tale
The Miller’s Prologue and Tale
The Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
The Pardoner’s Prologue and Tale
The Nun’s Priest’s Prologue and Tale (
Chaucer’s Retraction
Julian of Norwich from A Revelation of Love
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 5
Chapter 7
Chapter 11
Chapter 27 (
Chapter 28 (
Chapter 50 (
Chapter 51 (
Chapter 58 (
Chapter 60 (
Chapter 86(
Margery Kempe from The Book of Margery Kempe
The Proem
The Preface from Book 1
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 11
Chapter 50 (
Chapter 52 (
Chapter 53 (
Chapter 54 (
Chapter 55 (
Contexts: Religious and Spiritual Life (
Celtic Christianity
Church and Cathedral
Religion for All: The Apostle’s Creed, the Pater Noster, and the Hail Mary
The Apostle’s Creed
The Pater Noster
The Hail Mary from Robert Manning of Brunne, Handlyng Synne from William of Pagula, Priest’s Eye from The Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council
Sin, Corruption, and Indulgence from William Langland, The Vision of Piers the Plowman (B-text)
from Passus 1
Passus 5
from Passus 7
from Thomas Wimbleton, Sermon
Lollardy from Account of the Heresy Trial of Margery Baxter
The Persecution of the Jews from Thomas of Monmouth, The Life and Miracles of St. William of Norwich from Roger Howden, Chronicle from Ordinances of the Jews from Charter of King John to the Jews from Ordinances of Henry III
Edward I’s Order
The Wakefield Master (
The Second Shepherds’ Play
In Context: Biblical Source Material from Douay-Rheims Bible, Luke 2.8–21
Sir Thomas Malory from Morte Darthur from Book 1: From the Marriage of King Uther unto King Arthur from Book 8: The Death of Arthur
In Context: Early Editions of Morte Darthur (
Caxton’s Preface
Illustrating Morte Darthur
The Renaissance and the Early Seventeenth Century
Scientific Inquiry
The Reformation in England
Wales, Scotland, Ireland
Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I and Gender
Homoeroticism and Transgendering
Economy and Society in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
“The Round Earth’s Imagined Corners”
The Stuarts and the Civil Wars
Literary Genres
Literature in Prose and the Development of Print Culture
The Drama
The English Language in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
History of the Language and of Print Culture
Sir Thomas More from Utopia: The Best State of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia from Book 1 (
from Book 2
Chapter 1 (
from Chapter 2: The Cities, and Especially Amaurote (
from Chapter 4: Crafts and Occupations (
from Chapter 5: Their Dealings With One Another (
from Chapter 6: Traveling (
from Chapter 7: Slavery (
from Chapter 8: Warfare (
from Chapter 9: The Religions in Utopia
William Tyndale
Tyndale’s English Bible, King James Bible, Geneva Bible, Douay-Rheims Bible–29
Genesis: Chapter 1–23
Matthew: Chapter 5–29 (
Sir Thomas Wyatt
10 (“The long love that in my thought doth harbour”)
29 (“The pillar perished is whereto I leant”)
31 (“Farewell, Love, and all thy laws forever”)
38 (“Alas, madam, for stealing of a kiss”)
48 (“Vulcan begat me; Minerva me taught”) (
60 (“Tagus, farewell, that westward with thy streams”) (
80 (“They flee from me that sometime did me seek”)
94 (“Blame not my lute, for he must sound”) (
Songs (
109 (“My lute, awake! Perform the last”)
123 (“Who list his wealth and ease retain”)
Epistolary Satires (
149 (“Mine own John Poyns, since ye delight to know”)
In Context: Epistolary Advice
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey
Love, that Doth Reign and Live within My Thought
Set Me Whereas the Sun Doth Parch the Green (
Alas! So All Things Now Do Hold Their Peace
So Cruel Prison How Could Betide
Wyatt Resteth Here (
from Certain Books of Virgil’s Aeneis: Book 2 (
The Elizabethan Sonnet and Lyric
The Continental Background
Francesco Petrarch from Rime Sparse
134 (“Pace non trovo et non ò da far guerra”)
134 (“I find no peace and all my war is done”)
140 (“Amor, che nel penser mio vive et regna”)
140 (“Love, that doth reign and live within my thought”)
189 (“Passa la nave mia colma d’oblio”)
189 (“My galley chargèd with forgetfulness”)
190 (“Una candida cerva sopra l’erba”)
190 (“Whoso list to hunt, I know where is a hind”)
Gaspara Stampa (
132 (“Quando io dimando nel mio pianto Amore”)
132 (“When in my weeping I inquire of Love”)
Joachim Du Bellay (
113 (“Si nostre vie est moins qu’une journée”)
113 (“If this, our life, be less than but a day”)
Pierre de Ronsard (
(“Je vouldroy bien richement jaunissant”)
(“I would in rich and golden coloured rain”)
(“Quand vous serez bien vielle, au soir à la chandelle”)
(“When you are very old, by candle’s flame”)
Samuel Daniel (
from Delia
6 (“Fair is my love, and cruel as she’s fair”)
28 (“Raising my hopes on hills of high desire”)
33 (“When men shall find thy flower, thy glory pass”)
Michael Drayton (
from Idea
6 (“How many paltry, foolish, painted things”)
61 (“Since there’s no help, come let us kiss and part”)
63 (“Truce, gentle Love, a parley now I crave”)
William Shakespeare from Romeo and Juliet (Act 1, Scene 5)
Sir John Davies from Gulling Sonnets
3 (“What eagle can behold her sun-bright eye”)
John Davies of Hereford (
from The Scourge of Villany
(“If there were, oh! an Hellespont of cream”)
Richard Barnfield (
from Cynthia
14 (“Here, hold this glove (this milk-white cheverel glove)”)
17 (“Cherry-lipped Adonis in his snowy shape”)
George Gascoigne
Gascoigne’s Lullaby
Ode (“Absence, hear thou my protestation”)
Edmund Spenser from The Faerie Queene from Book 1
Canto 1
Canto 2
Canto 3: Summary
Canto 3 (
Canto 4: Summary
Canto 4 (
Canto 5: Summary
Canto 6: Summary
Canto 7: Summary
Canto 7 (
Canto 8: Summary
Canto 8 (
Canto 9: Summary
Canto 9 (
Canto 10: Summary
Canto 10 (
Canto 11
Canto 12
from Book 3 (
Canto 6
Letter to Sir Walter Raleigh on The Faerie Queene
In Context: The Redcrosse Knight
In Context: Christian Armor from Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians, 6.11–17 (Geneva Bible)
In Context: Spirituality and The Faerie Queene (
Heading to the Song of Solomon (Geneva Bible)
from Amoretti
1 (“Happy ye leaves when as those lilly hands”)
3 (“The soverayne beauty which I doo admire”)
6 (“Be nought dismayd that her unmoved mind”)
15 (“Ye tradefull Merchants, that with weary toyle”)
22 (“This holy season fit to fast and pray”)
26 (“Sweet is the Rose, but grows upon a brere”)
34 (“Lyke as a ship that through the Ocean wyde”)
37 (“What guile is this, that those her golden tresses”)
54 (“Of this worlds Theatre in which we stay”)
64 (“Comming to kisse her lyps, [such grace I found]”)
67 (“Lyke as a huntsman after weary chace”)
68 (“Most glorious Lord of lyfe that on this day”)
69 (“The famous warriors of the anticke world”)
70 (“Fresh spring the herald of loves mighty king”)
74 (Most happy letters fram’d by skilfull trade”)
75 (“One day I wrote her name upon the strand”)
80 (“After so long a race as I have run”)
82 (“Joy of my life, full oft for loving you”)
89 (“Lyke as the Culver on the bared bough”)
Epithalamion (
Sir Philip Sidney from Astrophil and Stella
1 (“Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show”)
2 (“Not at first sight, nor with a dribbèd shot”)
7 (“When Nature made her chief work, Stella’s eyes”)
18 (“With what sharp checks I in myself am shent”)
20 (“Fly, fly, my friends, I have my death wound: fly!”)
21 (Your words, my friend, (right healthful caustics) blame”)
22 (“In highest way of heav’n the Sun did ride”)
23 (“The curious wits seeing dull pensiveness”)
24 (“Rich fools there be whose base and filthy heart”)
25 (“The wisest scholar of the wight most wise”)
26 (“Though dusty wits dare scorn astrology”)
27 (“Because I oft in dark abstracted guise”)
31 (“With how sad steps, O moon, thou climb’st the skies”)
34 (“Come, let me write. ‘And to what end?’ To ease”)
39 (“Come, Sleep! O Sleep, the certain knot of peace”)
41 (“Having this day my horse, my hand, my lance”)
45 (“Stella oft sees the very face of woe”)
47 (“What, have I thus betrayed my liberty?”)
48 (“Soul’s joy, bend not those morning stars from me”)
49 (“I on my horse, and Love on me doth try”)
50 (“Stella, the fullness of my thoughts of thee”)
51 (“Pardon mine ears, both I and they do pray”)
52 (“A strife is grown between Virtue and Love”)
53 (“In marital sports I have my cunning tried”)
54 (“Because I breathe not love to every one”)
55 (“Muses, I oft invoked your holy aid”)
61 (“Oft with true sighs, oft with uncalled tears”) (
69 (“O joy too high for my low style to show!”) (
71 (“Who will in fairest book of Nature know”) (
94 (“Grief find the words, for thou hast made my brain”) (
95 (Yet Sighs, dear Sighs, indeed true friends you are”) (
96 (“Thought, with good cause thou lik’st so well the Night”) (
97 (“Dian, that fain would cheer her friend the Night”) (
98 (“Ah bed, the field where joy’s peace some do see”) (
99 (“When far-spent night persuades each mortal eye”) (
100 (“Oh tears, no tears, but rain from Beauty’s skies”) (
101 (“Stella is sick, and in that sickbed lies”)
102 (“Where be those roses gone, which sweetened so our eyes”?) (
103 (“Oh happy Thames, that didst my Stella bear”) (
104 (“Envious wits, what hath been mine offence”) (
105 (Unhappy sight, and hath she vanished by”) (
106 (Oh absent presence, Stella is not here)
107 (“Stella, since thou so right a princess art”) (
108 (“When Sorrow (using mine own fire’s might)”)
from The Defence of Poesy (
In Context: The Abuse of Poesy (
From Plato, The Republic, from Book 2
from Stephen Gosson, The School of Abuse
Elizabeth I, Queen of England
Written on a Wall at Woodstock
Written in Her French Psalter
The Doubt of Future Foes
On Monsieur’s Departure
When I Was Fair and Young
To Our Most Noble and Virtuous Queen Katherine
To the Troops at Tilbury
Two letters from Elizabeth to Catherine de Bourbon
On Marriage
On Mary, Queen of Scots
On Mary’s Execution
The Golden Speech
In Context: The Defeat of the Spanish Armada
Contexts: Culture: A Portfolio
Music from Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
Painting from Nicholas Hilliard, A Treatise Concerning the Art of Limning from A Letter to F.P. Verney from the Countess of Sussex
Oliver Cromwell, Instructions to his Painter, as Reported by George Vertue, Notebooks
Games and Pastimes
Selected Illustrations
Food and Drink from Anonymous, A Relation, or Rather a True Account, of the Island of England from Fynes Moryson, Itinerary
Selected Illustrations from Sarah Longe, Mrs. Sarah Longe Her Receipt Book from William Harrison, Chronologie
Children and Education
Selected Illustrations
The Supernatural and the Miraculous from Reginald Scot, The Discovery of Witchcraft from George Gifford, A Discourse of the Subtle Practices of Devils by Witches and Sorcerers from Joseph Hall, Characters of Virtues and Vices from Sir John Harington, “Account of an Audience with King James I,” as recorded in Nugae Antiquae
Anonymous Broadsheet, “The Form and Shape of a Monstrous Child”
Crime from “A True Report of the late Horrible Murder Committed by William Sherwood”
Print Culture
Selected Illustrations
Aemilia Lanyer
To the Virtuous Reader from Salve Deus Rex Judæorum
“Eve’s Apology in Defense of Women”
The Description of Cooke-ham
To the Doubtful Reader
Sir Walter Ralegh
A Vision Upon This Conceit of the Fairy Queen
Sir Walter Ralegh to His Son
The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd
The Lie (
Nature That Washed Her Hands in Milk (
from The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana… (
Part 1, Preface from Part 5
Letter to His Wife
Francis Bacon (
from Essays
Of Truth
Of Marriage and Single Life
Of Studies (1597)
Of Studies (1625)
Of Love
Christopher Marlowe
Hero and Leander (
The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (“A” Text)
In Context: Dr. Faustus from Anonymous, The History of the Damnable Life, and Deserved
Death of Dr. John Faustus from Henricus Cornelius Agrippa, De Occulta Philosophia
(Of Occult Philosophy)
In Context: Dr. Faustus, the “B” Text (
William Shakespeare
1 (“From fairest creatures we desire increase”)
2 (“When forty winters shall besiege thy brow”)
12 (“When I do count the clock that tells the time”)
15 (“When I consider everything that grows”)
16 (“But wherefore do not you a mightier way”)
18 (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”)
19 (“Devouring time, blunt thou the lion’s paws”)
20 (“A woman’s face with nature’s own hand painted”)
23 (“As an unperfect actor on the stage”)
29 (“When in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes”)
30 (“When to the sessions of sweet silent thought”)
33 (“Full many a glorious morning have I seen”)
35 (“No more be grieved at that which thou hast done”)
36 (“Let me confess that we two must be twain”)
55 (“Not marble, nor the gilded monuments”)
60 (“Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore”)
64 (“When I have seen by time’s fell hand defaced”)
65 (“Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea”)
71 (“No longer mourn for me when I am dead”)
73 (“That time of year thou mayst in me behold”)
74 (“But be contented when that fell arrest”)
80 (“O how I faint when I of you do write”)
87 (“Farewell—thou art too dear for my possessing”)
93 (“So shall I live supposing thou art true”)
94 (“They that have power to hurt and will do none”)
97 (“How like a winter hath my absence been”)
98 (“From you have I been absent in the spring”)
105 (“Let not my love be called idolatry”)
106 (“When in the chronicle of wasted time”)
109 (“O never say that I was false of heart”)
110 (“Alas, ’tis true, I have gone here and there”)
116 (“Let me not to the marriage of true minds”)
117 (“Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all”)
127 (“In the old age black was not counted fair”)
128 (“How oft when thou, my music, music play’st”)
129 (“Th’expense of spirit in a waste of shame”)
130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”)
135 (“Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will”),
136 (“If thy soul check thee that I come so near”)
138 (“When my love swears that she is made of truth”)
143 (“Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch”)
144 (“Two loves I have, of comfort and despair”)
146 (“Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth”)
147 (“My love is as a fever, longing still”)
153 (“Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep”)
154 (“The little love-god lying once asleep”)
Twelfth Night
King Lear (
[Note to Instructors: King Lear and Twelfth Night are among over 300 available editions from Broadview, any one of which may be packaged together with this anthology volume at no extra cost to the student.]
In Context: The Shakespearean Theater
The Swan Theatre
Titus Andronicus in Performance
The Plot of an Elizabethan Play
Early Editions of Shakespeare’s Plays
Ben Jonson
To the Reader
To My Book (
On Something that Walks Somewhere (
To William Camden (
On My First Daughter
To John Donne
On My First Son
On Lucy, Countess of Bedford
Inviting a Friend to Supper
To Penshurst (
Song: To Celia
To the Memory of My Beloved, The Author, Mr. William Shakespeare,
And What He Hath Left Us
Ode to Himself (
My Picture Left in Scotland (
To the Immortal Memory and Friendship of That Noble Pair, Sir Lucius Cary and Sir H. Morison (
Karolin’s Song (
Hymn to Cynthia (
Clerimont’s Song (
John Donne
Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness from Songs and Sonnets
The Good-Morrow
Song (“Go, and catch a falling star”)
Woman’s Constancy
The Sun Rising
The Canonization
Song (“Sweetest love, I do not go”)
Air and Angels
Break of Day (
The Anniversary (
Twicknam Garden (
A Valediction: of Weeping
The Flea
A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy’s Day, Being the Shortest Day
The Bait
The Apparition (
A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
The Ecstasy (
The Relic (
from Elegies
1. Jealousy (
8. The Comparison (
19. To His Mistress Going to Bed from Satires (
3 (“Kind pity chokes my spleen; brave scorn forbids”)
from Verse Letters (
To Sir Henry Wotton
An Anatomy of the World
The First Anniversary from Holy Sonnets
2 (“As due by many titles I resign”) (
5 (“I am a little world made cunningly”)
6 (“This is my play’s last scene, here heavens appoint”)
7 (“At the round earth’s imagined corners, blow”)
9 (“If poisonous minerals, and if that tree”)
10 (“Death be not proud, though some have called thee”)
13 (“What if this present were the world’s last night?”)
14 (“Batter my heart, three personed God; for you”)
18 (“Show me, dear Christ, Thy spouse, so bright and clear”)
19 (“Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one”)
Good Friday, 1613. Riding Westward
A Hymn to God the Father from Devotions
Meditation 17
Lady Mary Wroth from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
1 (“When night’s black mantle could most darkness prove”)
6 (“My pain, still smothered in my grieved breast”)
7 (“Love leave to urge, thou know’st thou hast the hand”)
13 (“Dear, famish not what you your self gave food”).
14 (“Am I thus conquered? have I lost the powers”).
15 (“Truly poor Night thou welcome art to me”).
22 (“Like to the Indians, scorched with the sun”)
23 (“When every one to pleasing pastime hies”)
35 (“False hope which feeds but to destroy, and spill”)
from A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love
77 (“In this strange labyrinth how shall I turn?”)
Railing Rhymes Returned upon the Author by Mistress Mary Wroth
In Context: The Occasion of “Railing Rhymes”
Edward Denny, Baron of Waltham, To Pamphilia from the father-in-law of Seralius
Thomas Hobbes (
from Leviathan; Or the Matter, Form, & Power of a Commonwealth, Ecclesiastical and Civil
The Introduction
Chapter 13: Of the Natural Condition of Mankind as
Concerning their Felicity and Misery
Robert Herrick
The Argument of His Book
Delight in Disorder
Corinna’s Going A-Maying
To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time
The Hock-Cart, or Harvest Home
Upon Julia’s Clothes
George Herbert
The Altar
Easter Wings
Affliction (1) (
Prayer (1) (
Jordan (1) (
Church-Monuments (
The Windows (
Denial (
Virtue (
Man (
Jordan (2)Time
The Bunch of Grapes (
The Collar
The Pulley
The Flower (
Discipline (
Death (
Love (3)
Andrew Marvell
The Coronet (
Bermudas (
A Dialogue between the Soul and Body (
The Nymph Complaining for the Death of Her Fawn (
To His Coy Mistress
The Picture of Little T.C. in a Prospect of Flowers (
The Mower against Gardens
Damon the Mower (
The Garden
An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland (
Katherine Philips
A Married State
Upon the Double Murder of King Charles
On the Third of September, 1651 (
To My Excellent Lucasia, on Our Friendship
Friendship’s Mystery, To My Dearest Lucasia
On the Death of My First and Dearest Child, Hector Philips (
Friendship in Emblem, or the Seal, To My Dearest Lucasia
John Milton
Il Penseroso
Lycidas (
7 (“How soon hath Time the subtle thief of youth”)
16: To the Lord General Cromwell (
18: On the Late Massacre in Piedmont
19 (“When I consider how my light is spent”)
23 (“Methought I saw my late espoused saint”)
from Areopagitica: A Speech of Mr. John Milton for the Liberty of
Unlicensed Printing, to the Parliament of England from Paradise Lost
The Verse
Argument to Book 1
Book 1
Argument to Book 2
Book 2
Argument to Book 3
from Book 3
Argument to Book 4
Book 4
Argument to Book 5
from Book 5
Argument to Book 6
Argument to Book 7
from Book 7
Argument to Book 8
from Book 8
Argument to Book 9
Book 9
Argument to Book 10
Book 10
Argument to Book 11
Argument to Book 12
from Book 12
In Context: Illustrating Paradise Lost
The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
Religion, Government, and Party Politics
Empiricism, Skepticism, and Religious Dissent
Industry, Commerce, and the Middle Class
Ethical Dilemmas in a Changing Nation
Print Culture
The Novel
The Development of the English Language
History of the Language and of Print Culture
John Dryden
Absalom and Achitophel: A Poem (
Mac Flecknoe
To the Memory of Mr. Oldham
A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day from An Essay of Dramatic Poesy (
Samuel Pepys from The Diary
In Context: Other Accounts of the Great Fire from The London Gazette
Aphra Behn
The Disappointment
Oroonoko: or, The Royal Slave. A True History
William Wycherley (
The Country Wife
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
A Satire on Charles II
A Satire against Reason and Mankind
Love and Life: A Song (
The Disabled Debauchee (
A Letter from Artemisia in the Town to Chloe in the Country (
The Imperfect Enjoyment
Impromptu on Charles II
In Context: The Lessons of Rochester’s Life
Daniel Defoe
A True Relation of the Apparition of One Mrs. Veal (
from Robinson Crusoe from Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
from A Journal of the Plague Year (
In Context: Illustrating Robinson Crusoe
Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea from The Spleen: A Pindaric Poem
The Introduction
A Letter to Daphnis (
To Mr. F., Now Earl of W. (
The Unequal Fetters (
By neer resemblance that Bird betray’d (
A Nocturnal Reverie
Jonathan Swift
The Progress of Beauty (
A Description of a City Shower
Stella’s Birthday, written in the year 1718 (
Stella’s Birthday (1727) (
The Lady’s Dressing Room
Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift (
from Gulliver’s Travels
Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput
Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag (
Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa (
Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of The Houyhnhnms (
A Modest Proposal
In Context: Sermons and Tracts: Backgrounds to A Modest Proposal from Jonathan Swift, “Causes of the Wretched Condition of Ireland”
from Jonathan Swift, A Short View of the State of Ireland
Alexander Pope from An Essay on Criticism
The Rape of the Lock: An Heroi-Comical Poem in Five Cantos from An Essay on Man
The Design
Epistle 1
from Epistle 2
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
Saturday; The Small Pox
The Reasons that Induced Dr. S. to Write a Poem called The Lady’s
Dressing Room
The Lover: A Ballad (
Epistle from Mrs. Y[onge] to Her Husband (
Eliza Haywood
Fantomina: or, Love in a Maze
In Context: The Eighteenth-Century Sexual Imagination (
from A Present for a Servant-Maid from Venus in the Cloister; or, The Nun in Her Smock
Contexts: Print Culture, Stage Culture (
from Nahum Tate, The History of King Lear from Colley Cibber, An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber from Jeremy Collier, A Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage
Introduction from Chapter 1: The Immodesty of the Stage from Chapter 4: The Stage-Poets Make Their Principal Persons Vicious and Reward Them at the End of the Play from Joseph Addison, The Spectator No. 18
from The Licensing Act of 1737
from The Statute of Anne from James Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson
Joseph Addison, The Tatler No. 224
from Samuel Johnson, The Idler No. 30
from Clara Reeve, The Progress of Romance from James Lackington, Memoirs of the Forty-Five First Years of the
Life of James Lackington, Bookseller from Thomas Erskine, Speech as Prosecution in the Seditious-Libel Trial of
Thomas Williams for Publishing Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine
James Thomson (
Rule, Britannia
Samuel Johnson
The Vanity of Human Wishes (
On the Death of Dr. Robert Levett (
from The Rambler
No. 4 [On Fiction]
No. 60 [On Biography] (
No. 155 [On Becoming Acquainted with Our Real Characters] (
from The Idler
No. 31 [On Idleness] (
No. 49 [Will Marvel] (
No. 81 [On Native Americans]
from A Dictionary of the English Language from The Preface
Selected Entries from The Preface to The Works of William Shakespeare (
from Lives of the English Poets (
from John Milton from Alexander Pope
Letters (
To Mrs. Thrale (10 July 1780)
To Mrs. Thrale (19 June 1783)
To Mrs. Thrale (2 July 1784)
To Mrs. Thrale (8 July 1784)
Thomas Gray
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
Christopher Smart (
from Jubilate Agno
[My Cat Jeoffry]
Contexts: Transatlantic Currents (
Slavery from Richard Ligon, A True & Exact History of the Island of Barbados from John Woolman, “Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes”
from John Bicknell and Thomas Day, “The Dying Negro, A Poem”
from William Cowper, The Task from Book 2
from Book 4
Hannah More, “Slavery: A Poem”
Ann Yearsley, “A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade”
Immigration to America from Ebenezer Cooke, The Sotweed Factor from William Moraley, The Infortunate: The Voyage and Adventures of William Moraley, an Indentured Servant from Gottlieb Mittelberger, Journey to Pennsylvania from Lady Lucan, “On the Present State of Ireland”
from Commissioners of the Customs in Scotland, Report on the Examination of the Emigrants from the Counties of Caithness and Sutherland on Board the Ship Bachelor of Leith Bound to Wilmington in North Carolina from Benjamin Franklin, Information to Those Who Would Remove to America .
from J. Hector St. John Crèvecoeur, Letters from an American Farmer from Anonymous, Look Before You Leap from The Preface from Israel Potter, Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter
General Wolfe and the Fall of Quebec from “Anecdotes Relating to the Battle of Quebec”
from Thomas Cary, “Abram’s Plains”
from Horace Walpole, Memoirs of the Last Ten Years of the Reign of King George II
Colonists and Native People from Mary Rowlandson, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson from William Penn, “A Letter from William Penn, Proprietary and Governor of Pennsylvania in America, to the Committee of the Free Society of Traders of that Province Residing in London”
from Samson Occom, A Short Narrative of My Life
Benjamin Franklin, “Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America”
William Wordsworth, “Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman”
from Susannah Johnson, The Captive American, or A Narrative of the Suffering of Mrs. Johnson During Four Years Captivity with the Indians and French from the Introduction from Chapter 1
from Chapter 3
from Chapter 4
from Chapter 5
American Independence from Edmund Burke, “Speech on Conciliation with the Colonies”
from Samuel Johnson, Taxation No Tyranny; an Answer to the Resolutions and Addresses of the American Congress from Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin from Richard Price, Observations on the Nature of Civil Liberty, the Principles of Government, and the Justice and Policy of the War with America from Part 2
from Section 1, Of the Justice of the War with America from Section 3, Of the Policy of the War with America
Thomas Jefferson, “A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled”
from Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
Number 1
from Richard Price, Observations on the Importance of the American Revolution from Judith Sargent Murray, “The Gleaner Contemplates the Future Prospects of Women in this ‘Enlightened Age’”
Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa from The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
from Chapter 5
Chapter 7 (
In Context: Reactions to Olaudah Equiano’s Work from The Analytic Review, May 1789
from The Gentleman’s Magazine, June 1789
from The Monthly Review, June 1789
from The General Magazine and Impartial Review, July 1789
Introduction to The Age of Romanticism
Political Parties and Royal Allegiances
Imperial Expansion
The Romantic Mind and Its Literary Productions
The Business of Literature
A Changing Language
History of the Language and of Print Culture
Anna Laetitia Barbauld
Summer Evening’s Meditation (
The Groans of the Tankard (
To the Poor (
Washing Day
Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem
On the Death of the Princess Charlotte
To a Little Invisible Being Who Is Expected Soon to Become Visible (
Life (
The Rights of Woman
The Baby-House
The First Fire, October 1st, 1815 (
The Caterpillar
Charlotte Smith from Elegiac Sonnets
1 (“The partial Muse, has from my earliest hours”)
2 Written at the Close of Spring
11 To Sleep
39 To Night
44 Written in the Church-yard at Middleton in Sussex
59 Written September 1791
70 On being cautioned against walking on an headland overlooking the sea
74 The Winter Night
84 To the Muse
Contexts: The French Revolution from Richard Price, A Discourse on the Love of Our Country from Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France from Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Letter to Charles Heath (29 August 1794)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Pantisocracy”
William Blake from Songs of Innocence and of Experience from Songs of Innocence
The Ecchoing Green
The Lamb
The Little Black Boy
The Chimney Sweeper
The Divine Image
Holy Thursday
Infant Joy
Nurse’s Song
In Context: Charles Lamb, The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers from Songs of Experience
The Clod & the Pebble
Holy Thursday
The Chimney Sweeper
The Sick Rose
The Fly
The Tyger
Ah! Sun-Flower
The Garden of Love
The Human Abstract
Infant Sorrow
A Poison Tree
The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
A Song of Liberty
America (
In Context: A Most Extraordinary Man (
from Charles Lamb, Letter to Bernard Barton (15 May 1824)
from John Thomas Smith, Nollekens and His Times
Mary Wollstonecraft from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Chapter 2: The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed from Chapter 3: The Same Subject Continued
In Context: Contemporary Reviews of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman from The Analytical Review 12 (1792)
from The Critical Review 4 (1792)
from Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman (
Chapter 5
Contexts: Women and Society from William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England from Book 1, Chapter 15: Of Husband and Wife from Catharine Macaulay, Letters on Education from Letter 21: Morals Must Be Taught on Immutable Principles from Letter 22: No Characteristic Difference in Sex from Olympe de Gouges, The Rights of Woman from Maria Edgeworth and Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Practical Education Prudence and Economy (
from Priscilla Wakefield, Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex; With Suggestions for Its Improvement (
from Chapter 3
from Chapter 6
from Richard Polwhele, “The Unsexed Females: A Poem, Addressed to the Author of The Pursuits of Literature” (
from Hannah More, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (
from Volume 1, Chapter 4: Comparison of the Mode of Female
Education in the Last Age with the Present Age from Volume 1, Chapter 6: On the Early Forming of Habits. On the
Necessity of Forming the Judgment to Direct Those Habits from William Thompson and Anna Wheeler, Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men, to Retain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery from Introductory Letter to Mrs. Wheeler from Part 2
Robert Burns
To a Mouse, On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough
The Fornicator (
Flow gently, sweet Afton (
Ae Fond Kiss (
Robert Bruce’s March to Bannockburn (
A Man’s a Man for A’ That
Comin’ thro’ the Rye (
A Red, Red Rose
Auld Lang Syne
William Wordsworth from Lyrical Ballads, 1798
We Are Seven
Lines Written in Early Spring
The Thorn
Expostulation and Reply
The Tables Turned
The Complaint of a Forsaken Indian Woman
Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey from Lyrical Ballads, 1800, 1802
[There was a Boy]
[Strange fits of passion I have known]
Song [She dwelt among th’untrodden ways]
[A slumber did my spirit seal]
Lucy Gray
Michael, A Pastoral Poem
Ode to Duty (
Resolution and Independence (
[I griev’d for Buonaparté]
Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1803
[The world is too much with us]
[It is a beauteous Evening]
London, 1802
The Solitary Reaper
[My heart leaps up]
In Context: “I wandered lonely as a Cloud”: Stages in the Life of a Poem from Dorothy Wordsworth, Grasmere Journal (15 April 1802)
[I wandered lonely as a Cloud] 1807
[I wandered lonely as a Cloud] facsimile
[I wandered lonely as a Cloud] transcription
[I wandered lonely as a Cloud] 1815
Elegiac Stanzas
Ode [Intimations of Immortality]
from The Excursion (
[The Ruined Cottage]
Surprised by Joy
Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways
In Context: Visual Depictions of “Man’s Art”
The Prelude (
The Two-Part Prelude of 1799
First Part
Second Part from The Fourteen-Book Prelude from Book First: Introduction, Childhood, and School-Time from Book Fifth: Books from Book Sixth: Cambridge, and the Alps from Book Thirteenth: Subject Concluded from Book Fourteenth: Conclusion
Contexts: Reading, Writing, Publishing (
from Daniel Isaac Eaton, The Pernicious Effects of the Art of Printing upon Society, Exposed
Thomas Spence, “Examples of Safe Printing,” from Pig’s Meat, Volume 2
Joshua, “Sonnet: The Lion,” from Moral and Political Magazine, Volume 1
from Anonymous, “On the Characteristics of Poetry,” No. 2, from the Monthly Magazine from Anonymous, Letter to the Monthly Magazine (24 October 1798)
from Samuel Pratt, Gleanings in England: Descriptive of the Countenance, Mind, and Character of the Country from Hannah More, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education from Chapter 8: “On Female Study”
from John Stuart Mill, “The Present State of Literature”
Copyright and the Growth of “a Reading Age”
from Copyright Act of 1709 (the Statute of Anne)
from Millar v. Taylor (1769)
from Hinton v. Donaldson (Scotland, 1773); Donaldson v. Beckett (England, 1774)
from Catharine Macaulay, A Modest Plea for the Property of Copyright from Robert Southey, “Inquiries Concerning the Proposed Alteration of the Laws of Copyright, as It Affects Authors and the Universities,” Quarterly Review (January 1819)
from Thomas Babington Macaulay, Speech to House of Commons (5 February 1841)
Contexts: The Natural, the Human, the Supernatural, and the Sublime from Dionysius Longinus, On the Sublime
Section 1
Section 8
from Joseph Addison, The Pleasures of the Imagination (
from The Spectator, No. 411 (21 June 1712)
from The Spectator, No. 412 (23 June 1712)
from The Spectator, No. 413 (24 June 1712)
from Sir Jonathan Richardson, the Elder, An Essay on the Theory of Painting
Of the Sublime from Samuel Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language from Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful from Part 2
from Part 3
from Part 5
from Immanuel Kant, Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime from Section 1: Of the Distinct Objects of the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime from Section 4: Of National Characteristics, So Far as They Depend upon the Distinct Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime from Helen Maria Williams, A Tour in Switzerland (
Chapter 4
Chapter 11
Chapter 40
from Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men from William Gilpin, Three Essays on Picturesque Beauty (
from Essay 1
Painting the Natural, the Human, the Supernatural, and the Sublime (
The Place of Humans and Non-Human Animals in Nature from John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Section 116
from William Hogarth, The Four Stages of Cruelty
Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “The Mouse’s Petition”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “To a Young Ass, Its Mother Being Tethered Near It”
from “An Act to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle”
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Eolian Harp
Fears in Solitude (
Frost at Midnight
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In Seven Parts (1817)
In Context: The Origin of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, Chapter 14
This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison
Dejection: An Ode (
Work Without Hope
Kubla Khan, Or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment from Biographia Literaria from Chapter 4: Mr. Wordsworth’s Earlier Poems (
from Chapter 13: On the Imagination, or Esemplastic Power
Chapter 14: Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads (
from Chapter 17: Examination of the Tenets Peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth (
Jane Austen (
from Pride and Prejudice
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
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Mary Prince
The History of Mary Prince, A West Indian Slave, Related by Herself
In Context: Mary Prince and Slavery
Mary Prince’s Petition Presented to Parliament on 24 June 1829
from Thomas Pringle, Supplement to The History of Mary Prince
Contexts: Slavery and Its Abolition from John Woolman, “Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes”
from John Newton, A Slave Trader’s Journal from Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments from Hannah More, “Slavery: A Poem”
Ann Yearsley, “A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade”
from William Wilberforce, “Speech to the House of Commons,” 13 May 1789
Proponents of Slavery from Rev. Robert Boncher Nicholls, Observations from Anonymous, Thoughts on the Slavery of Negroes from Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men
William Blake, Images of Slavery from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On the Slave Trade
Mary Robinson, Poems on Slavery
“The African”
“The Negro Girl”
George Gordon, Lord Byron
Sun of the Sleepless
She walks in beauty
When we two parted
Stanzas for Music from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage (
Canto the Third from Canto the Fourth
So, we’ll go no more a roving
When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home
January 22nd 1842. Missolonghi (
Epistle to Augusta (
from Don Juan (
Canto 1
Canto 2
from Canto 3
from Canto 7
from Canto 11
In Context: Don Juan (
“Remarks on Don Juan,” from Blackwood’s Magazine
Selected Letters (
from a letter To Francis Hodgson
To Lady Byron
To Augusta Leigh
To Douglas Kinnaird from a letter To John Murray
Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Wordsworth
Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude
Mont Blanc. Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni
Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
Ode to the West Wind
The Cloud
To a Skylark
Adonais: An Elegy on the Death of John Keats
Mutability (“The flower that smiles to-day”)
Stanzas, Written in Dejection—December 1818, near Naples
Song to the Men of England
England in 1819
from A Defence of Poetry
Felicia Hemans
The Homes of England
The Land of Dreams
Evening Prayer at a Girls’ School
Corinne at the Capitol (
The Effigies (
The Image in Lava (
Properzia Rossi (
Woman and Fame
John Keats
On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
On the Grasshopper and Cricket
Sleep and Poetry
On Seeing the Elgin Marbles
On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again
When I Have Fears that I May Cease to Be
Epistle to John Hamilton Reynolds
To Homer
The Eve of St. Agnes
Bright Star
La Belle Dame sans Merci
Incipit altera Sonneta
Ode to Psyche
Ode to a Nightingale
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Ode on Melancholy
Ode on Indolence (
To Autumn
This Living Hand (
Selected Letters (
To Benjamin Bailey (22 November 1817)
To George and Thomas Keats (December 1817)
To John Hamilton Reynolds (3 February 1818)
To John Taylor (27 February 1818)
To Benjamin Bailey (13 March 1818)
To Benjamin Bailey (18 July 1818)
To Richard Woodhouse (27 October 1818)
To George and Georgiana Keats (14 February–3 May 1819)
To Fanny Brawne (25 July 1819)
To Percy Bysshe Shelley (16 August 1820)
To Charles Brown (30 November 1820)
In Context: Politics, Poetry, and the “Cockney School Debate” (
from Leigh Hunt, “Young Poets,” Examiner (1 December 1816)
from John Lockhart (“Z.”), “On the Cockney School of Poetry, No. 1,” Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (October 1817)
from John Lockhart (“Z.”), “On the Cockney School of Poetry, No. 4,” Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (August 1818)
John William Polidori
The Vampyre: A Tale
Mary Shelley (
from The Last Man
Chapter 29
Chapter 30
In Context: The “Last Man” Theme in the Nineteenth Century
Thomas Campbell, “The Last Man,” New Monthly Magazine (1823)
from Thomas Campbell’s letter to the editor of The Edinburgh Review, 28 February 1825
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Introduction to The Victorian Era
A Growing Power
Grinding Mills, Grinding Poverty
Corn Laws, Potato Famine
“The Two Nations”
The Politics of Gender
Faith and Doubt
Victorian Domesticity: Life and Death
Cultural Trends
Cultural Identities
The Victorian Novel
Prose Non-Fiction and Print Culture
The English Language in the Victorian Era
History of the Language and of Print Culture
Thomas Carlyle from Past and Present from Book 1
Chapter 6: Hero-Worship from Book 3
Chapter 2: Gospel of Mammonism
Chapter 13: Democracy
Contexts: Work and Poverty
Anonymous, “The Steam Loom Weaver” (
from Elizabeth Bentley, Testimony before the 1832 Committee on the Labour of Children in Factories (
from Andrew Ure, The Philosophy of Manufactures (
from William Dodd, A Narrative of the Experience and Sufferings of William Dodd, a Factory Cripple, Written by Himself from Joseph Adshead, Distress in Manchester
Chapter 3: Narratives of Suffering
Thomas Hood, “Song of the Shirt” (
from Friedrich Engels, The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844
Chapter 3: The Great Towns from Reverend Sidney Godolphin Osborne, Letters of S.G.O. (
from Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton
Chapter 6
from Charles Dickens, Hard Times
Chapter 5: The Key-Note from Henry Morley, “Ground in the Mill,” Household Words No. 213 (22 April 1854) (
from Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor, “Boy Crossing-Sweepers and Tumblers”
Contexts: The Place of Women in Society from Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Daughters of England: Their Position in Society, Character and Responsibilities from Anonymous, “Hints on the Modern Governess System,” Fraser’s Magazine (November 1844) (
from Harriet Taylor, The Enfranchisement of Women from Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House
The Wife’s Tragedy
The Foreign Land from William Rathbone Greg, “Why Are Women Redundant?” (
from Frances Power Cobbe, “What Shall We Do with Our Old Maids?”
from Eliza Lynn Linton, “The Girl of the Period,” Saturday Review (March 1868)
from Frances Power Cobbe, “Criminals, Idiots, Women, and Minors,”
Fraser’s Magazine (December 1868)
from John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women from “Between School and Marriage,” The Girl’s Own Paper, Vol. 7 (4 September 1886) (
from Emma Brewer, “Our Friends the Servants,” The Girl’s Own Paper, Vol. 14 (25 March 1893)
from Grant Allen, “Plain Words on the Woman Question,” Fortnightly Review 46 (October 1889)
from Sarah Grand, “The New Aspect of the Woman Question,” North American Review 158 (March 1894)
from Mona Caird, “Does Marriage Hinder a Woman’s Self-Development?” Lady’s Realm (March 1899)
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The Cry of the Children
To George Sand: A Desire (
To George Sand: A Recognition (
A Year’s Spinning (
The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point from Sonnets from the Portuguese
1 (“I thought once how Theocritus had sung”)
7 (“The face of all the world is changed, I think”)
13 (“And wilt thou have me fasten into speech”)
21 (“Say over again, and yet once over again”)
22 (“When our two souls stand up erect and strong”)
24 (“Let the world’s sharpness, like a clasping knife”)
26 (“I lived with visions for my company”)
28 (“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!”)
43 (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”)
Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Palace of Art (
The Lady of Shalott
The Lotos-Eaters
The Epic (
Morte d’Arthur
[Break, break, break]
Locksley Hall from The Princess
[Sweet and Low] (
[The Splendour Falls] (
[Tears, Idle Tears]
[Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal] (
[Come Down, O Maid ] (
[The Woman’s Cause Is Man’s] (
The Eagle (
The Charge of the Light Brigade
[Flower in the Crannied Wall]
Vastness (
Crossing the Bar
In Context: Images of Tennyson
In Context: Victorian Images of Arthurian Legend
In Context: Crimea and the Camera
Roger Fenton, Selected Photographs
Charles Darwin from The Voyage of the Beagle (
from Chapter 10: Tierra del Fuego from Chapter 17: Galapagos Archipelago
In Context: Images from The Beagle (
from On the Origin of Species
Introduction from Chapter 3: Struggle for Existence from Chapter 14: Recapitulation and Conclusion from The Descent of Man from Chapter 19: Secondary Sexual Characters of Man from Chapter 21: General Summary and Conclusion
In Context: Defending and Attacking Darwin from Thomas Huxley, “Criticisms on The Origin of Species”
from Thomas Huxley, “Mr. Darwin’s Critics”
from Punch
In Context: Darwin and Human Societies (
from Herbert Spencer, Social Statics: or, the Conditions Essential to Human Happiness Specified, and the First of Them Developed from Thomas Huxley, “Evolution and Ethics”
Thomas Hardy, “Thomas Hardy on Animals’ Rights,” The Times (3 May 1910)
Elizabeth Gaskell
Our Society at Cranford
Robert Browning
Porphyria’s Lover
Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister (
My Last Duchess
Home-Thoughts, from Abroad
The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church
Fra Lippo Lippi
The Last Ride Together (
Andrea del Sarto
Charles Dickens
A Walk in the Workhouse
The Quiet Poor (
David Copperfield
Contexts: The New Art of Photography (
Roger Fenton, “Proposal for the Formation of a Photographic Society”
from Charles Dickens, “Photography,” Household Words, Vol. 7 (1853)
Photography and Immortality from Elizabeth Barrett, Letter to Mary Russell Mitford from Sir Frederick Pollock, “Presidential Address,” Photographic Society
Selected Photographs
John Ruskin (
from Modern Painters
A Definition of Greatness in Art
Of Truth of Water from The Stones of Venice
The Nature of Gothic
Matthew Arnold
The Buried Life
The Scholar Gipsy (
Stanzas from The Grande Chartreuse (
Dover Beach
East London (
West London (
from The Function of Criticism at the Present Time from Culture and Anarchy (
from Chapter 1: Sweetness and Light
Dante Gabriel Rossetti (
The Blessed Damozel
The Woodspurge
My Sister’s Sleep
Sibylla Palmifera
Lady Lilith
Mary Magdalene at the Door of Simon the Pharisee from The House of Life
The Sonnet
6a: Nuptial Sleep
10: The Portrait
97: A Superscription
101: The One Hope
Christina Rossetti
Goblin Market
In Context: Illustrating Goblin Market
A Triad
A Birthday
After Death
An Apple-Gathering
Winter: My Secret
“No, Thank You, John”
A Pause of Thought
Song (“She sat and sang alway”)
Song (“When I am dead, my dearest”)
Dead Before Death (
Monna Innominata (
Cobwebs (
In an Artist’s Studio
Promises like Pie-Crust
In Progress (
Sleeping at Last (
Lewis Carroll (
Verses Recited by Humpty Dumpty
In Context: “Jabberwocky”
from Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There from Chapter 1: Looking-Glass House from Chapter 6: Humpty Dumpty
In Context: The Photographs of Lewis Carroll
Augusta Webster (
A Castaway
Algernon Charles Swinburne (
Hymn to Proserpine
A Forsaken Garden
Thomas Hardy
The Son’s Veto
Neutral Tones
The Darkling Thrush
The Ruined Maid
A Broken Appointment
Shut Out That Moon (
The Convergence of the Twain
Channel Firing (
The Voice (
Transformations (
In Time of “The Breaking of Nations”
The Photograph
During Wind and Rain
The Oxen
Going and Staying
In Context: Hardy’s Reflections on the Writing of Poetry (
Gerard Manley Hopkins
God’s Grandeur
The Wreck of the Deutschland (
The Windhover: To Christ Our Lord
Pied Beauty
Felix Randal
Spring and Fall: To a Young Child
[As kingfishers catch fire]
[No worst, there is none]
[I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day]
[Not, I’ll not, carrion comfort]
That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection (
[Thou art indeed just, Lord ]
In Context: The Growth of “The Windhover”
from Journal 1870–74 (
[“Inscape” and “Instress”]
from Letter to Robert Bridges (25 February 1879) (
Author’s Preface (
“Michael Field”—Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper (
The Magdalen
La Gioconda
A girl
It was deep April, and the morn
To Christina Rossetti
Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Oscar Wilde
To Milton (
from “The Critic as Artist”
from “The Decay of Lying”
Preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray
The Importance of Being Earnest
In Context: Wilde and “The Public” (
Interview with Oscar Wilde, St. James Gazette (January 1895)
In Context: The First Wilde Trial (1895) (
from The Transcripts of the Trial
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventure of the Speckled Band
Rudyard Kipling
Gunga Din
The White Man’s Burden
In Context: Victoria and Albert
In Context: The “White Man’s Burden” in the Philippines
Platform of the American Anti-Imperialist League
Contexts: Britain, Empire, and a Wider World
Thomas Pringle, “Afar in the Desert” (
from Frances Trollope, Domestic Manners of the Americans (
from Chapter 1: Entrance of the Mississippi from Chapter 3: Company on Board the Steam Boat from Chapter 34: Return to New York—Conclusion from Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Minute on Indian Education”
from Report of a Speech by William Charles Wentworth, Australian Legislative Council (1844)
from William H. Smith, Smith’s Canadian Gazetteer (1846)
Carlyle, Mill, and “The Negro Question”
from Thomas Carlyle, “Occasional Discourse on the Negro Question,” Fraser’s Magazine (1849)
from John Stuart Mill, “The Negro Question,” Fraser’s Magazine (1850)
The Great Exhibition of 1851 (
Prince Albert, Speech Delivered at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet, London, 1849
from The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the Great Exhibition of
The Industry of All Nations from Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor
“Hindo Beggars”
Dickens and Thackeray on the Race Question from Charles Dickens, “The Noble Savage,” Household Words (1853)
from William Makepeace Thackeray, Letters to Mrs. Carmichael-Smyth
To Mrs. Carmichael-Smyth (26 January 1853)
To Mrs. Carmichael-Smyth (13 February 1853)
Conservatives, Liberals, and Empire (
from William Gladstone, “Our Colonies”
from Benjamin Disraeli, “Conservative and Liberal Principles”
from Cecil Rhodes, Speech Delivered in Cape Town (18 July 1899)
from David Livingstone, “Cambridge Lecture Number 1”
Eliza M., “Account of Cape Town,” King William’s Town Gazette (1863)
from Agnes Macdonald, “By Car and Cowcatcher,” Murray’s Magazine (1887) (
Henry Lawson, “The Drover’s Wife” (
Introduction to The Early Twentieth Century: From 1900 to Mid-Century
The Edwardian Period
The World Wars
Marx, Einstein, Freud, and Modernism
The Place of Women
Avant-Garde and Mass Culture
Sexual Orientation
Ideology and Economics in the 1930s and 1940s
The Literature of the 1930s and 1940s
Literature and Empire
The English Language in the Early Twentieth Century
History of the Language and of Print Culture
Bernard Shaw (
Mrs. Warren’s Profession
Joseph Conrad
The Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus” (
The Secret Sharer
A.E. Housman
Loveliest of Trees
To an Athlete Dying Young
Terence, This Is Stupid Stuff
Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries
Siegfried Sassoon (
Glory of Women
Everyone Sang from Memoirs of an Infantry Officer
Wilfred Owen
A Terre
The Sentry (
Strange Meeting (
Parable of the Old Man and the Young (
Arms and the Boy (
Anthem for Doomed Youth
The Send-Off (
Dulce et Decorum Est
Contexts: War and Revolution (
from Anonymous, “Introduction” to Songs and Sonnets for England in War Time
“In Flanders Fields”: The Poem and Some Responses
John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields”
John Mitchell, “Reply to ‘In Flanders Fields’”
J.A. Armstrong, “Another Reply to ‘In Flanders Fields’”
Elizabeth Daryush, “Flanders Fields”
Anonymous, “I Learned to Wash in Shell-Holes”
J.P. Long and Maurice Scott, “Oh! It’s a Lovely War”
from Rebecca West, “The Cordite Makers”
from Francis Marion Beynon, Aleta Day from Chapter 24: War
Ivor Gurney, “To His Love”
Vance Palmer, “The Farmer Remembers the Somme”
from Robert Graves, Good-Bye to All That from Chapter 17
from May Wedderburn Cannan, Grey Ghosts and Voices from “Proceedings” of the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of Soviets of Workers’, Soldiers’, and Peasants’ Deputies
William Butler Yeats
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
When You Are Old
The Secret Rose (
No Second Troy
Easter 1916
The Wild Swans at Coole
In Memory of Major Robert Gregory (
Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen (
A Prayer for My Daughter
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
The Second Coming
Leda and the Swan
Among School Children
Sailing to Byzantium
Virginia Woolf
The Mark on the Wall
Kew Gardens
Professions for Women
In Context: Woolf and Bloomsbury
James Joyce
The Dead
In Context: Joyce’s Dublin
Katherine Mansfield
The Garden Party
T.S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
The Waste Land
Journey of the Magi
Tradition and the Individual Talent
W.H. Auden
[Funeral Blues]
[As I walked out one evening]
Musée des Beaux Arts
In Memory of W.B. Yeats
September 1, 1939
Introduction to the Late Twentieth Century and Beyond: From 1945 to the
Twenty-First Century
The End of the War and the Coming of the Welfare State
The End of Empire
From the 1960s to Century’s End
Ireland, Scotland, Wales
The New Millennium
The History of the English Language
Dylan Thomas
The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower
Fern Hill
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London
Philip Larkin
Church Going
Talking in Bed
Annus Mirabilis
High Windows
This Be the Verse
Vers de Société
The Old Fools
Chinua Achebe
Dead Men’s Path from “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness”
Seamus Heaney
The Wife’s Tale
The Grauballe Man
Seeing Things
[The door was open and the house was dark]
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o from Decolonising the Mind
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Margaret Atwood
Death of a Young Son by Drowning
The Immigrants
Daguerreotype Taken in Old Age
A Bus along St. Clair: December
[you fit into me]
The Door
John Cleese and Graham Chapman from Monty Python’s Flying Circus
Dead Parrot Sketch
Pet Conversion
Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook
Eavan Boland
Night Feed
Listen. This Is the Noise of Myth from “The Woman Poet: Her Dilemma”
The Lost Land
Against Love Poetry
Salman Rushdie
The Prophet’s Hair -- *NEW!
Kazuo Ishiguro
A Village After Dark
Carol Ann Duffy
The Good Teachers
Mean Time
Mrs. Lazarus
Zadie Smith
The Waiter’s Wife
Reading Poetry
Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain
Glossary of Terms
British Money (
Texts and Contexts: Chronological Chart (
Bibliography (
Permissions Acknowledgments
Index of First Lines
Index of Authors and Titles

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