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Mary Robinson: Selected Poems 

Mary Robinson: Selected Poems

Written by: Mary Robinson
Edited by: Judith Pascoe

Series: Broadview Editions
1st Edition

Publication Date: January 01, 2000
444pp • Paperback
ISBN: 9781551112015 / 1551112019
Volume: 0

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Mary Robinson's work has begun again to assume a central place in discussions of Romanticism.  A writer of the 1790'sa decade which saw the birth of Romanticism, revolution, and enormous popular engagement with political ideasRobinson was acknowledged in her time as a leading poet.  Her writing exhibits great variety: charm, theatricality, and emotional resonance are all characteristics Robinson displays.  She was by turns a poet of sensibility, a poet of popular culture, a chronicler of the major events of the time, and a participant in some of its chief aesthetic innovations.  This long-awaited collection is the first critical edition of her poems.


"Mary Robinson was one of the most significant authors of the Romantic era; her poetic vision is in many ways a counterpoint to that of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. At last, this expertly edited, well researched and affordable edition makes Robinson's innovative and influential poetry accessible again to a wide audience. It is a superb selection which gives a fully rounded view of Robinson's poetic production." - Paula Feldman, University of South Carolina

"This rich and varied selection of poems, letters and reviews, centered and guided by Judith Pascoe's rich and sympathetic scholarship, amply illustrates why Mary Robinson is so crucial a figure for understanding the development of English verse between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. With its range and inclusiveness, its authentic artistic claims, and its scholarly weight, Mary Robinson: Selected Poems is an edition to be universally celebrated as repaying a long overdue debt, and with generous interest. Even in Broadview's exemplary list of recovered literature, it is a standout, a truly major accomplishment." - Stuart Curran, University of Pennsylvania.

Judith Pascoe has written widely on eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature; her book Romantic Theatricality: Gender, Poetry, and Spectatorship was published by Cornell University Press.  She teaches English at The University of Iowa. 

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Mary Robinson: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Texts

from Poems (1775)

A Pastoral Elegy

The Linnet's Petition

Letter to a Friend on Leaving Town

from Poems (1791)

Ode to the Muse

Ode to Melancholy

Ode to the Nightingale

Ode to Della Crusca

Lines to Him Who Will Understand Them

Lines Inscribed to P. De Loutherbourg, Esq. R.A.

The Adieu to Love

Stanzas to Flora

Oberon to the Queen of the Fairies

Sonnet. Written Among the Ruins of an Ancient Castle in Germany, In the Year 1786

Ainsi Va Le Monde

from Poems (1793)


The Maniac

A Fragment, Supposed to be Written Near the Temple, at Paris, on the Night Before the Murder of Louis XVI

Stanzas. Written After Successive Nights of Melancholy Dreams

Stanzas. Written Between Dover and Calais, in July, 1792

Marie Antoinette's Lamentation, in Her Prison of the Temple

Ode to Rapture

Stanzas to a Friend, Who Desired to Have My Portrait

Sappho and Phaon (1796)


To the Reader

Account of Sappho

Sonnet Introductory

Sonnets II-XLIV. Conclusive

Lyrical Tales (1800)

All Alone

The Mistletoe, a Christmas Tale

The Poor, Singing Dame

Mistress Gurton's Cat, a Domestic Tale

The Lascar. In Two Parts

The Widow's Home

The Shepherd's Dog

The Fugitive

The Haunted Beach

Old Barnard, a Monkish Tale

The Hermit of Mont-Blanc

Deborah's Parrot, a Village Tale

The Negro Girl

The Trumpeter, an Old English Tale

The Deserted Cottage

The Fortune-Teller, a Gypsy Tale

Poor Marguerite

The Confessor, a Sanctified Tale

Edmund's Wedding

The Alien Boy

The Granny Grey, a Love Tale

Golfre, a Gothic Swiss Tale

Uncollected Poems from Newspapers and Magazines

To Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sonnet to Mrs. Charlotte Smith, on Hearing That Her Son Was Wounded at the Siege of Dunkirk


All For-Lorn

The Camp

Great and Small

Poems Incorporated into The Progress of Liberty

The Birth-Day of Liberty

The Progress of Liberty

The Horrors of Anarchy

The Vestal

The Monk

The Dungeon

The Cell of the Atheist

The African

The Italian Peasantry

Harvest Home

from The Poetical Works (1806)

Ode to the Snow-drop

Ode Inscribed to the Infant Son of S.T. Coleridge, Esq.

To the Poet Coleridge

The Savage of Aveyron

The Birth-Day

The Summer Day

The Wintry Day

On Leaving the Country for the Winter Season

Oberon's Invitation to Titania

Titania's Answer to Oberon


London's Summer Morning

The Poet's Garret

January, 1795

Impromptu Sent to a Friend Who Had Left His Gloves, by Mistake at the Author's House on the Preceding Evening

Modern Male Fashions

Modern Female Fashions

Appendix A: Three Letters to Mary Robinson

  1. To John Taylor, 5 October 1794
  2. To William Godwin, 24 August 1800
  3. To Jane Porter, 27 August 1800

Appendix B: Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Poems in Response to Robinson

  1. The Apotheosis, or the Snow-Drop
  2. Alcaeus to Sappho
  3. A Stranger Minstrel

Appendix C: Reviews of Robinson's Poetry

  1. Review of Poems (1791) in the Critical Review
  2. Review of Sappho and Phaon (1796) in the English Review
  3. Review of Lyrical Tales (1800) in the Monthly Review
  4. Review of The Poetical Works of the Late Mrs. Mary Robinson (1806) in the Annual Review

Appendix D: Publication Histories of Robinson's Poems


List of Changes

Index of First Lines

Index of Titles

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