The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry
  • Publication Date: August 11, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781554811311 / 1554811317
  • 1168 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry

  • Publication Date: August 11, 2016
  • ISBN: 9781554811311 / 1554811317
  • 1168 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

Intended for courses with a major focus on poetry during the Romantic period, this volume includes all the poetry selections from Volume 4 of The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, along with a number of works newly edited for this volume. The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry maintains the Broadview Anthology of British Literature’s characteristic balance of canonical favorites and lesser-known gems, featuring a breadth of poetry from William Blake to Phillis Wheatley, from Ebenezer Elliott to Felicia Hemans. To give a sense of the full sweep of the Romantic period, the anthology incorporates important early figures from William Collins to Phillis Wheatley, as well as works by Victorians—such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Alfred, Lord Tennyson—for whom Romanticism was a formative force. “Contexts” sections provide valuable background on cultural matters such as “The Natural and the Sublime” and “The Abolition of Slavery,” while the companion website offers a wealth of additional resources and primary works. Longer works newly prepared for the bound book include Byron’s Manfred and The Giaour, Keats’s Hyperion, and substantial selections from Wordsworth’s fourteen-book Prelude; authors newly added for this volume include Hannah Cowley, Hannah More, Ann Yearsley, Robert Southey, and Thomas Moore.


Praise for The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry:

“At last, an anthology that lets us explore in detail the remarkable depth and breadth of British poetry during the long Romantic period, and to do so from a genuinely interdisciplinary perspective that embraces the range of social, political, economic, scientific and cultural developments of that protean era, including issues of gender, race, class and religion. The ample and judicious selections splendidly illustrate the rich diversity of Romantic poetry in all its forms, while the abundant contextual materials—including the lavish illustrations—situate that poetry within its contemporary intellectual, historical, artistic and cultural contexts. Concise editorial annotations deftly and unobtrusively guide readers through complex or unfamiliar territory and profitably supplement the excellent introductory and supplementary essays. Here is an anthology for all seasons of Romanticism studies, and for students at all levels.” — Stephen C. Behrendt, University of Nebraska

“ … [A]n exciting moment for all teachers in the field of Romanticism and poetry. Broadview has led the way in the new generation of literature anthologies, and the Romantic Poetry volume offers a characteristic breadth of verse selections from the expanded canon, accompanied by contemporary treatises and commentaries on an array of topics vital to the twenty-first-century classroom: from debates on gender and slavery, to Britain’s imperial and colonial project, to revolutionary politics and the first stresses of industrialization. All this is enriched with illustrations evocative of the budding visual culture of the period, and contained in a single volume that is as thorough as any instructor could wish, while not intimidating to the student in its heft or price.” — Gillen Wood, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry … offers a marvelously diverse body of material; it is much more comprehensive than any other available anthology of British Romantic writings … This is a fine anthology, imaginative and innovative in the way it is organized and rich in the options it offers for access to less anthologized, less generally available works by the British Romantic poets.” — Waqas Khwaja, Agnes Scott College

The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry is the most comprehensive collection of verse and prose from this period available today. Scrupulously and judiciously edited, it combines selections from a wide array of major and lesser-known Romantic poets and critics of both genders and from many regions with invaluable introductory essays and rich contextual materials … It is surely to become the standard anthology in the field. I know I will be using it from now on.” — Alexander Dick, University of British Columbia

“The new Broadview Anthology of Romantic Poetry is as thoughtfully assembled as any anthology I have seen. It presents a diverse chorus of voices from the period, representing both the traditional canon of romantic writers and also, exhilaratingly, extending beyond that canon, with selections from poets such as Wheatley, Barbauld, Burns, Clare, and Landon, among others. From the editors’ outstanding introductory essay—clear, original, vibrant—to its incredibly rich selection of writings, which are generously and gently annotated, to the enthralling and complex contextual materials covering subjects such as India and the Orient, non-human animals in nature, and steam power, this anthology explores and elaborates “the romantic” in a way that is sure to dazzle students, to enrich their experience of this period’s literature and to enhance classroom discussion of it. The Broadview will be the new gold standard for instructional texts in the field. — Christopher Rovee, Louisiana State University

“I am so glad to find this anthology. The selections are outstanding, the illustrations excellent, and the contextual material is sound. This book will make my course much more powerful than it would have been had I used a standard anthology supplemented with e-texts.” — Gary Harrison, University of New Mexico

Praise for The Age of Romanticism:

“ … I am very impressed.… A wealth of cultural and historical information is provided.… The introductions show subtle expertise.… Here, as in the other volumes, the editors bring English literary tradition to life.” — Wendy Nielsen, Montclair State University

Comments on The Broadview Anthology of British Literature:

“ … sets a new standard by which all other anthologies of British Literature will now have to be measured.” — Graham Hammill, SUNY Buffalo

“With the publication of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, teachers and students in survey and upper-level undergraduate courses have a compelling alternative to the established anthologies by Norton and Longman. … This is a very real intellectual, as well as pedagogical, achievement.” — Nicholas Watson, Harvard University

“ … an excellent anthology. Good selections for my purposes (including some nice surprises), just the right level of annotation, affordable—and a hit with my students. I will definitely use it again.” — Ira Nadel, University of British Columbia

NOTE: The online component of the anthology offers a substantial number of additional readings, edited to the same standards as the bound book. Online readings appear in the hyperlinked sections below; to download these readings, please follow the hyperlinks to the BABL online resources site and log in using your passcode.




  • 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


  • Ode to Fear


  • The Deserted Village


  • from The Task
    • from Book 1: The Sofa
      from Book 2: The Time-Piece [On Slavery]
      from Book 4: The Winter Evening
      from Book 6: The Winter Walk at Noon

    Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce
    The Negro’s Complaint
    The Castaway
    On the Loss of the Royal George


  • from Fragments of Ancient Poetry


  • Selections from Hannah Cowley and Robert Merry’s Exchange in The World
    • Adieu and Recall to Love
      To Della Crusca: The Pen
      To Anna Matilda
      To Della Crusca

    Invocation to Horror


  • Summer Evening’s Meditation
    The Groans of the Tankard
    The Mouse’s Petition
    Autumn: A Fragment
    Epistle to William Wilberforce
    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
    The Rights of Woman
    The Baby-House
    The First Fire, October 1st, 1815


  • Slavery: A Poem
    The Hackney Coachman
    Dan and Jane: or Faith and Works. A Tale
    Inscription of a Cenotaph in a Garden, Erected to a Deceased Friend


  • Preface to the 1772 edition of Poems
    A Chinese Ode

    • Paraphrased
      The Verbal Translation
  • A Hymn to Nãrãyena


  • 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
  • Beachy Head
    The Emigrants (
    • from Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
      from Thomas Paine, Rights of Man
      from Richard Price, A Discourse on the Love of Our Country
      Samual Taylor Coleridge, Letter to Charles Heath, 29 August 1794
      Samual Taylor Coleridge, “Pantisocracy”
      Robert Southey, “On the Prospect of Establishing a Pantisocracy in America”
      from Samual Taylor Coleridge, “Once a Jacobin Always a Jacobin”
      Thomas Spence, “The Rights of Man for Me: A Song”
      from George Walker, The Vagabond

      • from The Preface
    • from Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne, Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte
      • from Chapter 18: 1799
        from Chapter 22: 1799
        from Chapter 28: 1800
    • from Barry Edmund O’ Meara, Letter to Sir Hudson Lowe, 28 January 1817
      from Madame (Germaine) de Stael, Considerations of the Principle Events of the French Revolution
      • from Chapter 4: The Advance of Bonaparte’s Absolute Power
        from Chapter 8: On Exile
        from Chapter 19: Intoxication of Power; Bonaparte’s Reverses and Abdication
        from Chapter 13: Bonaparte’s Return
    • from The Corsican: A Diary of Napoleon’s Life in His Own Words
      Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Feelings of a Republican on the fall of Bonaparte”
      from Thomas Babington Macaulay, “Hallam’s Constitutional History”
      from Anna Liddiard, “Address to Peace”


  • To Maecenas
  • To the University of Cambridge, in New-England
  • To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty
  • On Being Brought from Africa to America
  • On the Death of a Young Lady of Five Years of Age
  • On the Death of a Young Gentleman
  • An Hymn to the Morning
  • On Recollection
  • On Imagination
  • To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for North-America
  • To S.M., a Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works
  • A Farewell to America. To Mrs. S.W.
  • To His Excellency General Washington
  • On the Death of General Wooster
  • On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield
  • Selected Letters
  • To Obour Tanner, 19 May 1772
  • To Selina Hastings, 27 June 1773
  • To Colonel David Wooster, 18 October 1773
  • To Obour Tanner, 30 October 1773
  • To Samson Occom, 11 Febrary 1774
  • IN CONTEXT: Preface to Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
  • IN CONTEXT: Reactions to Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
    • Letter from Ignatius Sancho to Jabez Fisher, 27 January 1778
    • from Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1784)


  • from The Borough
    • The Poor of the Borough: Peter Grimes
  • Arabella


  • Address to Sensibility
    To Indifference
    A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave Trade


  • from Songs of Innocence and of Experience
    • from Songs of Innocence
      • Introduction
        The Echoing 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
      • Introduction
        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
    from Milton

    • Preface
      [And did those feet in ancient time]
  • IN CONTEXT: “A Most Extraordinary Man”
    • from Charles Lamb, Letter to Bernard Barton, 15 May 1824
      from John Thomas Smith, Nollekens and His Times


  • January, 1795
    from Sappho and Phaon

    • Sonnet 4 (“Why, when I gaze on Phaon’s beauteous eyes”)
      Sonnet 12 (“Now, o’er the tesselated pavement strew”)
      Sonnet 18 (“Why art thou chang’d? Oh Phaon! Tell me why?”)
      Sonnet 30 (“O’er the tall cliff that bounds the billowy main”)
      Sonnet 37 (“When, in the gloomy mansion of the dead”)
  • The African
    The Negro Girl
    The Haunted Beach
    All Alone
    The Lascar
    London’s Summer Morning
    To the Poet Coleridge


  • from William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, 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 Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    Contemporary Reviews of A Vindication of 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 Mary Robinson, A Letter to the Women of England
    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 the Forming the Judgement to Direct Those Habits
  • from William Thompson and Anna Wheeler, Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretentions of the Other Half, Men, To Retrain Them in Political, and Thence in Civil and Domestic Slavery
    • from Introductory Letter to Mrs. Wheeler
      from Part 2
      Isabel Pagan, “Account of the Author’s Lifetime”


  • To a Mouse, On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough
    The Fornicator
    The Holy Fair
    Address to the De’il
    Tam O’Shanter, A Tale
    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
    Love and Liberty. A Cantata


  • A Mother to Her Waking Infant
    A Child to His Sick Grandfather
    A Summer’s Day
    A Winter Day
    Song, Woo’d and Married and A’
    De Monfort


  • Ellenore


  • Morning. Rosamonde
    Evening. Gertrude
    from The Enthusiast

    • Songs of Arla
      A Song of Arla, Written during her Enthusiasm


  • from Lyrical Ballads, 1798
    • Advertisement
      Goody Blake, and Harry Gill, A True Story
      Simon Lee
      We Are Seven
      Lines Written in Early Spring
      The Thorn
      The Idiot Boy
      Expostulation and Reply
      The Tables Turned
      Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Alley
  • from Lyrical Ballads, 1800, 1802
    • Preface
      [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
      [I Griev’d for Buonaparte]
  • Ode to Duty
    Resolution and Independence
    Composed upon Westminster Bridge
    [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

    • [Prospectus to The Recluse]
      [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 of 1850
      • from Book First: Introduction, Childhood, and School-Time
        Book Second: School-Time continued
        from Book Third: Residence at Cambridge
        from Book Fourth: Summer Vacation
        from Book Fifth: Books
        from Book Sixth: Cambridge, and the Alps
        from Book Seventh: Residence in London
        from Book Eighth: Retrospect, Love of Nature Leading to Love of Man
        from Book Ninth: Residence in France
        from Book Tenth: France continued
        from Book Eleventh: France concluded
        Book Twelfth: Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored
        from Book Thirteenth: Subject Concluded
        from Book Fourteenth: Conclusion


  • 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 Monthly Magazine
    from Anonymous, Letter to the Monthly Magazine
    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 Charles and Mary Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare
    • Preface
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “On the Origin and Progress of Novel-Writing”
    from Isaac D’Israeli, The Case of Authors Stated, Including the History of Literary Property
    William Hazlitt, “A Review of The St. James Chronicle, The Morning Chronicle, The Times, The New York Times, The Courier, &c., Cobbett’s Weekly Journal, The Examiner, The Observer, The Gentleman’s Magazine, The New Monthly Magazine, The London, &c. &c.,” from The Edinburgh Review
    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)
      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)


  • The Eve of St. John
    Glenfinlas; or Lord Ronald’s Coronach
    from Thomas the Rhymer
    from Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border

    • Lord Randal
  • from The Lay of the Last Minstrel
    • Preface to the First Edition
      from Canto Sixth
  • from Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field
    • from Canto Fifth
  • Proud Maisie


  • from The Grasmere Journal
    Floating Island
    Grasmere—A Fragment
    Thoughts on My Sick-bed


  • 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 of 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
    Painting the Natural and the Sublime

    • French


  • from John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Section 116
  • From William Hogarth, The Four Stages of Cruelty
  • 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


  • The Eolian Harp
    Fears In Solitude
    Frost at Midnight
    from The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, in Seven Parts
    The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In Seven Parts
    IN CONTEXT: The Origin of “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”

    • from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, Chapter 14
      from A letter from the Rev. Alexander Dyce to Hartley Coleridge
  • This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison
    Dejection: An Ode
    Work Without Hope
    Kubla Khan, Or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment
    On Donne’s Poetry
    from Lectures and Notes On Literature

    • [Definition of Poetry]
      from Notes on Lear
      from [On the English Language]
      [Mechanic Vs. Organic Form]
  • from Biographia Literaria; or Biographical Sketches of my Literary Life and Opinions
    • from Chapter 1
      • Reception of the Author’s First Publication
        The Effect of Contemporary Writers on Youthful Minds
        Bowles’s Sonnets
    • from Chapter 4
      • Mr. Wordsworth’s Earlier Poems
    • from Chapter 11
      • An affectionate exhortation to those who in early life feel themselves disposed to become authors
    • 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
  • from Table Talk
    • [The Ancient Mariner]
      [On Borrowing]
      [On Metre]
      [On Women]
      [On Corrupt Language]
      [On Keats]
      [On Milton]
  • Selected Letters
    • Letter to Thomas Poole, 14 October 1803
      Letter to Richard Sharp, 15 January 1804
      Letter to Lady Beaumont, 3 April 1815
      Letter to William Wordsworth, 30 May 1815



  • from Sir William Jones, “A Discourse on the Institution of a Society for Inquiring into the History, Civil and Natural, the Antiquities, Arts, Sciences and Literature of Asia”
    Edmund Burke and the Impeachment of Warren Hastings

    • from Edmund Burke, Speech on the Impeachment of Warren Hastings
      from Warren Hastings, Address in His Defence
  • from Elizabeth Hamilton, Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah
    from Anonymous, “Review of Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah,” from The Analytical Review
    Tipu Sultan and the British

    • from Letter from Tipu Sultan to the Governor General
      from Declaration of the Right Honourable the Governor-General-in-Council
  • from Thomas Macaulay, Minute on Indian Education
    Roger Fenton, Orientalist Studies
    from Col. Henry Yule and A.C. Burnell, Hobson-Jobson: A Glossary of Colloquial Anglo-Indian Words and Phrases, and of Kindred Terms, Etymological, Historical, Geographical, and Discursive


  • from Psyche; or The Legend of Love
    Sonnet Addressed to My Mother
    Canto 1
    from Canto 2


  • from John Newton, A Slave Trader’s Journal
    from Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species
    from Alexander Falconbridge, Account of the Slave Trade on the Coast of Africa
    from William Wilberforce, “Speech to the House of Commons,” (13 May 1789)
    Proponents of Slavery

    • from Rev. Robert Boncher Nicholls, Observations, Occasioned by the Attempts Made in England to Effect the Abolition of the Slave Trade
      from Anonymous, Thoughts on the Slavery of Negroes, as it Affects the British Colonies in the West Indies: Humbly Submitted to the Consideration of Both Houses of Parliament
      from Gordon Turnbull, An Apology of Negro Slavery; or, the West Indian Planters Vindicated from the Charge of Inhumanity
  • John Bicknell & Thomas Day, The Dying Negro
    from Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men
    William Blake, Images of Slavery
    from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On the Slave Trade
    from William Earle, Obi; or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack
    from Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal
    from Thomas Clarkson, The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade
    from Matthew Gregory Lewis, Journal of A West India Slave Proprietor


  • A Canadian Boat-Song
    Tis the Last Rose of Summer
    Oh! Breathe Not His Name
    The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Hills
    The Minstrel Boy
    The Time I’ve Lost in Wooing
    When Midst the Gay I Meet


  • Song [“Is Thy Father Dead?”]
    What is Bad Government?
    The Black Hole of Calcutta
    Caged Rats
    from Notes to The Corn Rhymes


  • 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
  • The Giaour
    Manfred, A Dramatic Poem
    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

    • Dedication
      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
  • Selected Letters (
    • To His Mother, 12 November 1809
      To Lady Melbourne, 21 September 1813
      To Augusta Leigh, 19 December 1816
      To John Cam Hobhouse, 17 May 1819
      To Richard Belgrave Hoppner, 6 June 1819
      To John Murray, 12 August 1819
      To Douglas Kinnaird, 26 October 1819
      To Thomas Moore, 4 March 1824
  • IN CONTEXT: The Byronic Hero
    • from Eastern Tales


  • To Wordsworth
    Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude
    Mont Blanc, Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni
    Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
    Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation
    Ode to the West Wind
    The Cloud
    To a Skylark
    from Prometheus Unbound

    • Act 1
      Act 2
  • Adonais, An Elegy on the Death of John Keats
    from Hellas

    • Chorus (“Worlds on worlds are rolling ever”)
      Chorus (“The world’s great age begins anew”)
  • Mutability (“The flower that smiles to-day”)
    Stanzas, Written in Dejection—December 1818, near Naples
    Sonnet [Lift Not the Painted Veil]
    To Night
    To ——
    The Mask of Anarchy
    Song To The Men Of England
    England in 1819
    The Triumph of Life
    A Defence of Poetry
    IN CONTEXT: The Peterloo Massacre

    • Robert Shorter, The Bloody Field of Peterloo! A New Song
      Anonymous, A New Song
      Hibernicus, Stanzas Occasioned by the Manchester Massacre!
      Anonymous, The Peterloo Man
      from Samuel Bamford, Passages in the Life of a Radical

      • Chapter 28
        Chapter 35
        from Chapter 36
        from Chapter 39
    • from John Tyas, An account of the events leading up to the massacre
  • IN CONTEXT: Youth and Love
    • Letter to T.J. Hogg, Field Place, 3 January 1811
      Letter to T.J. Hogg, 1811
      Letter to William Godwin, Keswick, 10 January 1812
  • IN CONTEXT: Shelley and Keats
    • from Letter to the Editor of The Quarterly Review
      Leigh Hunt on “Mr. Shelley’s New Poem Entitled Adonais”


  • The Homes of England
    The Land of Dreams
    Evening Prayer at a Girls’ School
    Corinne at the Capitol
    The Effigies
    The Image in Lava
    The Bride of the Greek Isle
    Properzia Rossi
    Indian Woman’s Death Song
    Joan of Arc in Rheims
    The American Forest Girl
    Woman and Fame


  • Written In November
    from The Flitting
    The Badger
    Written in a Thunder Storm July 15th 1841
    from Child Harold
    Don Juan A Poem
    Sonnet [I am]
    “I Am”
    Clock A Clay
    To Mary
    An Invite to Eternity
    Invitation to Eternity


  • 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
    La Belle Dame Sans Mercy
    Incipit Altera Sonneta
    Ode To Psyche
    Ode To A Nightingale
    Ode On A Grecian Urn
    Ode On Melancholy
    Ode On Indolence
    To Autumn
    Hyperion: A Fragment
    The Fall of Hyperion, A Dream

    • Canto 1
      Canto 2
  • 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 John Hamilton Reynolds, 3 May 1818
      To Benjamin Bailey, 18 July 1818
      To Richard Woodhouse, 27 October 1818
      To George and Georgina 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”
      from John Gibson Lockhart (“Z.”), “On the Cockney School of Poetry, No. 1”
      from John Lockhart (“Z.”), “On the Cockney School of Poetry, No. 4”
  • IN CONTEXT: The Death of Keats
      Joseph Severn to Charles Brown, 27 February 1821


  • The Improvisatrice (
    Lines Written Under a Picture of a Girl Burning a Love Letter
    A Child Screening a Dove From a Hawk
    Love’s Last Lesson
    Lines of Life
    The Little Shroud
    The Fairy of the Fountains
    Corinne at the Cape of Misena
    Fragment of Corinne’s Song and Naples
    Night at Sea
    • from Humphrey Davy, A Discourse, Introductory to a Course of Lectures on Chemistry
      Luddite Documents

      • Declaration, November 1811
        Letter to Mr. Kirby, Cotton Master at Candis his factory, Ancoates (1812)
        “General Justice,” Letter to Mr. Garside, 19 April 1812
  • Industrialization in Canada
    • from Quebec Mercury, 6 November 1809
      from Montreal Gazette, 6 November 1822
  • from The Times, London, Tuesday, 29 November 1814
    from Robert Owen, Observations on the Effects of the Manufacturing System
    from Thomas Babington Macaulay, A Review of Southey’s Colloquies
    from Fanny Kemble, Letter to H., 26 August 1830
    from Harriet Martineau, A Manchester Strike

    • from Chapter 1: The Week’s End
      from Chapter 5: No Progress Made
  • from Orestes Brownson, “The Laboring Classes”
    from George Ripley, Letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson, 9 November 1840


  • Old Adam, the Carrion Crow
    Isbrand’s Song [Squats on a toad-stool under a tree]


  • Stanzas on the Death of Lord Byron
    Victoria’s Tears
    To L.E.L., Referring to her Monody on the Poetess
    L.E.L.’s Last Question


  • The Kraken
    The Poet
    The Dying Swan
    The Palace of Art
    The Lady of Shalott


Reading Poetry


Monarchs and Prime Ministers of Great Britain

Glossary of Terms

Texts and Contexts: Chronological Chart (

Bibliography (

Permissions Acknowledgments

Index of First Lines

Index of Authors and Titles

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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

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