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Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800 

Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800

Written by: Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth
Edited by: Michael Gamer and Dahlia Porter

Series: Broadview Editions

Publication Date: August 30, 2008
552pp • Paperback / PDF / ePub
ISBN: 9781551116006 / 1551116006

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Long central to the canon of British Romantic literature, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads is a fascinating case study in the history of poetry, publishing, and authorship. This Broadview edition is the first to reprint both the 1798 and the 1800 editions of Lyrical Ballads in their entirety.

In the appendices to this Broadview edition, reviews, correspondence, and a selection of contemporary verse and prose situate the work within the popular and experimental literature of its time, and allow readers to trace the work's transformations in response to the pressures of the literary marketplace.


"Lyrical Ballads, the collection that, in many accounts, launched Romanticism, has often been reprinted, but never in a wholly satisfactory edition. ...Michael Gamer and Dahlia Porter, in yet another splendid Broadview edition, have provided the solution that scholars and students have longed for. This remarkable volume provides both the 1798 and 1800 volumes in full. But more than this; in eight appendices, they provide an astonishing wealth of extra material. ... This is a volume that will surely become a standard in the field, a vital tool in teaching and scholarship. ...[It is] more than one could possibly have hoped for." - Year's Work in English Studies (2010)

"An edition we've all been waiting for, as teachers and as scholars–containing more than one would have thought possible to include in one volume. Herein is all the contextual material one could wish for: reviews from periodicals, including Southey's and Jeffrey's famous articles; discussions in correspondence, including comments by Coleridge, Lamb, Southey and Dorothy Wordsworth; critical discussions from Biographia and "My First Acquaintance with Poets"; poetic sources by Burger, Charlotte Smith and Helen Maria Williams; verse responses by Southey, Mary Robinson; even a section detailing how the poems were rearranged in Wordsworth's and Coleridge's Collected Works. All this plus the texts of poems excluded from the 1798 and 1800 editions, a handy appendix plotting the poems' locations on maps of Britain and the Lakes, and a magisterial introduction." - Tim Fulford, Nottingham Trent University

Michael Gamer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and the co-editor of The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama.

Dahlia Porter is Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.

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William Wordsworth: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Texts

Lyrical Ballads, 1798 Edition

Reviews of the 1798 Edition

  1. [Robert Southey], Critical Review (October 1798)
  2. Monthly Mirror (October 1798)
  3. Analytical Review (December 1798)
  4. New Annual Register for 1798 (1799)
  5. Monthly Magazine (January 1799)
  6. New London Review (January 1799)
  7. [Charles Burney], Monthly Review (June 1799)
  8. The British Critic (October 1799)
  9. Naval Chronicle (October and November 1799)
  10. Antijacobin Review (April 1800)
  11. [Daniel Stuart], Morning Post (April 1800)
  12. [Daniel Stuart], Courier (April 1800)
  13. [Daniel Stuart], Courier (June 1800)
  14. Portfolio (January 1801)

Lyrical Ballads, 1800 Edition

Reviews of the 1800 Edition

  1. [John Stoddard], The British Critic (February 1801)
  2. Monthly Mirror (June 1801)
  3. Portfolio (June 1801)
  4. Portfolio (December 1801)
  5. American Review and Literary Journal (January 1802)
  6. Monthly Review (June 1802)
  7. [Francis Jeffrey], Edinburgh Review (October 1802)
  8. Edinburgh Magazine (July 1803)

Appendix A: Additions to 1802 edition of Lyrical Ballads

  1. Addition to the 1802 Preface
  2. Appendix:--"by what is usually called Poetic Diction"

Appendix B: Poems by Coleridge originally intended for Lyrical Ballads

  1. "Lewti, or the Circassian Love-Chant"
  2. "Introduction to the Tale of the Dark Ladie"
  3. "Chistabel"

Appendix C: Correspondence about Lyrical Ballads

Appendix D: Commentary on Lyrical Ballads

  1. Samuel Coleridge, Biographia Literaria
  2. William Hazlitt, "My First Acquaintance With Poets"
  3. William Wordsworth, Notes Dictated to Isabella Fenwick

Appendix E: The Dispersal of Lyrical Ballads into the Collected Works of Coleridge and Wordsworth     

  1. Contents of Wordsworth’s Poems (1815)

Appendix F: Prose Contemporaries

  1. Joshua Reynolds, "Discourse III" from Discourses on Art
  2. James Beattie, Essays: On Poetry and Music, as they Affect the Mind
  3. Erasmus Darwin, "Interlude I" from Loves of the Plants
  4. George Dyer, Complaints of the Poor People of England
  5. Erasmus Darwin, Zoönomia; or, The Laws of Organic Life
  6. Joanna Baillie, "Introductory Discourse" to A Series of Plays
  7. Mary Wollstonecraft, "On Poetry"
  8. Edmund Burke, Thoughts and Details on Scarcity

Appendix G: Verse Contemporaries

  1. George Crabbe, The Village
  2. Charlotte Smith, "Sonnet III: To a Nightingale"
  3. William Cowper, The Task
  4. Helen Maria Williams, "To Sensibility"
  5. William Wordsworth, "Sonnet on seeing Miss Helen Maria Williams Weep at a Tale of Distress"
  6. Erasmus Darwin, Loves of the Plants
  7. Gottfried August Bürger, "Lenora"
  8. Charlotte Smith, "Sonnet LXX: On being cautioned against walking on an headland overlooking the sea, because it was frequented by a Lunatic"
  9. Robert Southey, "Inscription III. For a Cavern that overlooks the River Avon"
  10. 1Joanna Baillie, De Monfort, a Tragedy
  11. Robert Southey, "The Idiot"
  12. Thomas Beddoes, "Domiciliary Verses: December 1795"
  13. Robert Southey, "The Mad Woman"
  14. Robert Southey, "Eclogue IV: The Sailor's Mother"
  15. Mary Robinson, "The Haunted Beach"

Appendix H: Mapping the Poems

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