The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism – Third Edition
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813117 / 1554813115
  • 1380 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism – Third Edition

  • Publication Date: April 16, 2018
  • ISBN: 9781554813117 / 1554813115
  • 1380 pages; 7¾" x 9¼"

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 matters such as race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. The full anthology comprises six bound volumes, together with an extensive website component; the latter is accessible by using the passcode obtained with the purchase of one or more of the bound volumes.

Volume 4: The Age of Romanticism offers expansive representation of the era’s poets from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, and William Wordsworth to Anna Laetitia Barbauld, James Macpherson, and John Clare. The volume also features a broad sampling of important longer works including Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Castle Rackrent, Lady Susan, The History of Mary Prince, The Giaour, and Hyperion: A Fragment. Key currents in the literature and culture of the period are highlighted in “Contexts” sections addressing such topics as “The French Revolution,” “Gothic Literature,” “Reading, Writing, Publishing,” “The Natural and the Sublime,” and “Slavery and Its Abolition.”

A two-volume Concise Edition and a one-volume Compact Edition are also available.


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“I love the changes to the third edition! Adding excerpts from Macpherson’s Poems of Ossian allows students to engage with one of the least accessible but most immediately influential texts of the Romantic era; likewise, adding Byron’s The Giaour gives students a clearer sense of how the most charismatic Romantic poet established his reputation for dashing, exotic glamor.” — Evan Gottlieb, Oregon State University

“The new Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Age of Romanticism includes a range of rich contextual materials, including sections devoted to print culture, the gothic, slavery, and the sublime. These materials … invite students to see beyond the anthology format and understand literature’s interactions with technology, politics, and the environment. The editors have judiciously attended to the significant contributions of Irish and Scottish authors. … In addition, the anthology and the accompanying website document literature’s role in shaping and critiquing the British Empire.” — JoEllen DeLucia, Central Michigan University

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“This is an anthology of remarkable breadth and depth, one that captures several of the various spirits of the Romantic Age. The integration of online supplementary material shows that material's relationship to the print selections, but the print version also stands on its own. The section on the Gothic, though brief, is particularly welcome and includes important primary and secondary source considerations of the nature of the Gothic and its relationship to the sublime.” — Jenny Crisp, Dalton State College

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Introduction to the Age of Romanticism

  • Political Parties and Royal Allegiances
  • Imperial Expansion
  • Scotland, Ireland, Wales
  • The Romantic Mind and Its Literary Productions
  • The Business of Literature
  • “Romantic”
  • A Changing Language

History of the Language and of Print Culture


  • from Fragments of Ancient Poetry


  • from Common Sense
    • Of the Origin and Design of Government in General. With Concise Remarks on the English Constitution
    • Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession
    • Thoughts of the Present State of American Affairs
  • from The Rights of Man, Part 2
    • Introduction
    • from Chapter 3: Of the Old and New Systems of Government


  • Summer Evening’s Meditation
  • The Groans of the Tankard
  • from Hymns in Prose for Children
    • Hymn V
  • Autumn: A Fragment
  • 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


  • Inscription on a Cenotaph in a Garden, Erected to a Deceased Friend
  • Slavery: A Poem
  • The Hackney Coachman: Or, The Way to Get a Good Fare
  • Dan and Jane: Or, Faith and Works


  • A Hymn to Nārāyena
    • The Argument
    • The Hymn


  • from Elegiac Sonnets
    • 1 (“The partial Muse, has from my earliest hours”)
    • 2 Written at the Close of Spring
    • 3 To a Nightingale
    • 8 To 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 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 Staël, Considerations of the Principal Events of the French Revolution
    • from Chapter 4: The Advance of Bonaparte’s Absolute Power
    • from Chapter 8: On Exile
    • from Chapter 13: Bonaparte’s Return
    • from Chapter 19: Intoxication of Power; Bonaparte’s Reverses and Abdication
  • 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 The Borough
    • The Poor of the Borough: Peter Grimes
  • Arabella


  • A Poem for Children, on Cruelty to the Irrational Creation
  • Epitaph on a Young Man Who Died Three Days after He Was Married
  • Epitaph on a Young Lady
  • Epitaph on an Amicable Wife
  • An Elegy on a Maiden Name
  • Written a Few Hours before the Birth of a Child
  • Thoughts, Which Occurred to the Author at Llanwrtid, in Breconshire, in Walking from Dol-y-Coed House to the Well
  • On Marriage
  • Husband’s Inebriety



  • January, 1795
  • from Sappho and Phaon
    • Sonnet 4 (“Why, when I gaze on Phaon’s beauteous eyes”)
    • Sonnet 12 (“Now, o’er the tessellated pavement strew”)
    • Sonnet 18 (“Why art thou chang’d? O 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”)
  • All Alone (
  • The Poor, Singing Dame
  • The Haunted Beach
  • To the Poet Coleridge (
  • London’s Summer Morning
  • from A Letter to the Women of England


    • from A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
      • Introduction
      • 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 Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark
      • Advertisement
      • Letter 1
      • from Letter 19

from Maria; or The Wrongs of Woman

    • Chapter 5
  • IN CONTEXT: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Biography
    • from William Godwin, Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman
      • from Chapter 1
      • from Chapter 6
      • from Chapter 8
      • from Chapter 9
      • from Chapter 10


  • 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
    • from 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
  • Isabel Pagan, “Account of the Author’s Lifetime”


  • Green Grow the Rashes
  • To a Mouse, On Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough
  • To a Louse, On Seeing One on a Lady’s Bonnet, at Church
  • The Fornicator
  • The Holy Fair
  • Halloween
  • Address to the De’il
  • Holy Willie’s Prayer
  • Tam O’Shanter, A Tale
  • Fareweel to a’ Our Scottish Fame
  • 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




  • Ellenore



  • Morning. Rosamonde
  • Evening. Gertrude


  • from Robert Bage, Mount Henneth
  • Matthew Gregory Lewis, “The Disabled Seaman”
  • Anonymous, “On the Death of Lord Nelson”
  • Mary Robinson, “The Maniac”
  • from Frances Burney, Camilla
  • from Harriet Martineau, “Letter to the Deaf”
  • from David Hume, A Treatise of Human Nature
  • from David Hartley, Observations on Man
  • from Edmund Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
  • from Frances Burney, Camilla
  • from Charles Lamb, “On the Danger of Confounding Moral with Personal Deformity. With a Hint to Those Who Have the Framing of Advertisements for Apprehending Offenders”



  • from Lyrical Ballads, 1798
    • Advertisement
    • Goody Blake, and Harry Gill, a True Story
    • Simon Lee, the Old Huntsman, with an Incident in Which He Was Concerned
    • 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 Abbey
  • from Lyrical Ballads, 1800, 1802
    • from 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
    • Nutting
    • Michael, A Pastoral Poem
  • The Ruined Cottage (Manuscript D)
    • First Part
    • Second Part
  • [I griev’d for Buonaparté]
  • [My heart leaps up]
  • 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
  • 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]
    • from Book First: The Wanderer [The Ruined Cottage]
  • Surprised by Joy
  • Mutability
  • Steamboats, Viaducts, and Railways
  • IN CONTEXT: Visual Depictions of “Man’s Art”
  • The Prelude
    • The Two-Part Prelude (1799)
      • First Part
      • Second Part
    • from The Fourteen-Book Prelude (1850)
      • Book First: Introduction, Childhood, and School-time
      • from Book Fifth: Books
      • from Book Sixth: Cambridge and the Alps
      • from Book Thirteenth: Imagination and Taste, How Impaired and Restored (Concluded)
      • 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 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”
  • 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 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”
  • Shakespeare for Family Reading (
    • from Charles and Mary Lamb, Tales from Shakespeare
      • Preface
    • from an Advertisement in the Times for Thomas Bowdler’s The Family Shakespeare
  • 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



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



  • from William Godwin, Fleetwood: or, the New Man of Feeling
  • from John Locke, Some Thoughts Concerning Education, Section 116
  • from William Hogarth, The Four Stages of Cruelty
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “The Mouse’s Petition”
  • from Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Lessons for Children
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “To a Young Ass, Its Mother Being Tethered Near It”
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Vindication of Natural Diet
  • from “An Act to Prevent the Cruel and Improper Treatment of Cattle”


  • from Moral Inquiries on the Situation of Man and of Brutes (


  • 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 Reverend Alexander Dyce to Hartley Coleridge
  • This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison
  • Christabel
  • Dejection: An Ode
  • Phantom
  • Kubla Khan, Or, A Vision in a Dream. A Fragment
  • Limbo
  • Work without Hope
  • Epitaph
  • 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 exortation 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
    • [On Various Shakespearean Characters]
    • [The Ancient Mariner]
    • [On Borrowing]
    • [On Metre]
    • [On Women]
    • [On Corrupt Language]
    • [On Keats]
    • [On Milton]
    • [The Three Most Perfect Plots]


  • Hannah: A Plaintive Tale
  • To Mary Wollstonecraft
  • The Idiot
  • The Sailor, Who Had Served in the Slave Trade
  • The Battle of Blenheim
  • Thalaba the Destroyer

    • Book 7


  • 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,” 15–19 February 1788
    • from Warren Hastings, “Address in His Defence,” 2 June 1791
  • from Elizabeth Hamilton, Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah
  • from Anonymous, “Review of Translations of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah,” The Analytical Review (October 1796)
  • 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 Mary Robinson, “The Lascar”
  • 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



  • Lady Susan
  • from Pride and Prejudice
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 3
    • Chapter 4
  • IN CONTEXT: Austen’s Letters


  • The Anaconda
  • The Captive


  • Old China
  • from On the Tragedies of Shakespeare, Considered with Reference to Their Fitness for Stage Representation


  • from The Spirit of the Age; or Contemporary Portraits
    • Mr. Coleridge
    • Mr. Wordsworth


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


  • from The O’Briens and the O’Flahertys
    • from Volume 1, Chapter 5
    • from Volume 3, Chapter 4


  • from The Story of Rimini
  • To the Grasshopper and the Cricket



  • 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
    • from The Narrative of Ashton Warner


  • 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
  • William Cowper, “Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce, or, The Slave-Trader in the Dumps”
  • from William Wilberforce, “Speech to the House of Commons,” 13 May 1789
  • Proponents of Slavery
    • from Reverend 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 India Planters Vindicated from the Charge of Inhumanity
  • John Bicknell and Thomas Day, “The Dying Negro, A Poem”
  • from Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Men
  • Anna Laetitia Barbauld, “Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade”
  • William Blake, Images of Slavery
  • from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On the Slave Trade
  • from William Earle, Obi; or, the History of Three-Fingered Jack
  • Mary Robinson, Poems on Slavery
    • “The African”
    • “The Negro Girl”
  • 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 Proprietor
  • from Elizabeth Heyrick, Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition
  • The Haitian Revolution
    • from Baron de Wimpffen, A Voyage to Saint Domingo, in the Years 1788, 1789, and 1790
      • from Letter 12, May 1789
      • from Letter 23, March 1790
    • from “Insurrection at St. Domingo: No. 1: Remarks on the Resolutions of the West-India Merchants and Planters, at the London Tavern, Nov. 3, and 8, 1791,” Star and Evening Advertiser (18 November 1791)
    • William Wordsworth, “To Toussaint L’Ouverture”
    • from Jean-Jacques Dessalines, “Liberty or Death. Proclamation. Jean Jacques Dessalines, Governor General, to the People of Hayti”



  • Address to the University of Oxford
  • An Ode to Genius
  • Lines Addressed to the University of Cambridge
  • An Ode on Ambition
  • Paraphrases from David’s Psalms
    • Psalm XIX
    • Psalm XLIX


  • To Wordsworth
  • Alastor; or, The Spirit of Solitude
  • Mutability
  • Mont Blanc, Lines Written in the Vale of Chamouni
  • Hymn to Intellectual Beauty
  • Ozymandias
  • Ode to the West Wind
  • The Cloud
  • To a Skylark
  • from Prometheus Unbound
    • Preface
    • Act 1
    • Act 2
    • Act 3
  • 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”)
  • Julian and Maddalo: A Conversation
  • Mutability (“The flower that smiles to-day”)
  • Stanzas, Written in Dejection—December 1818, near Naples
  • Sonnet [Lift Not the Painted Veil]
  • To Night
  • To —— (“Music, when soft voices die”)
  • The Mask of Anarchy
  • Song to the Men of England
  • England in 1819
  • The Triumph of Life
  • from 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
      • from Chapter 28
      • from Chapter 35
      • from Chapter 36
      • from Chapter 39
    • from John Tyas, An Account of the Events Leading Up to the Massacre, The Times, 19 August 1819
  • IN CONTEXT: Youth and Love
    • Letter to T.J. Hogg, 3 January 1811
    • Letter to T.J. Hogg, 1811
    • Letter to William Godwin, 10 January 1812
  • IN CONTEXT: Shelley and Keats
    • from Letter to the Editor of the Quarterly Review, 1820
    • Leigh Hunt on “Mr. Shelley’s New Poem Entitled Adonais


  • The Widow of Crescentius (
  • The Homes of England
  • The Land of Dreams
  • Evening Prayer at a Girls’ School
  • Casabianca
  • Corinne at the Capitol
  • The Effigies
  • The Image in Lava
  • The Grave of a Poetess
  • 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


  • Religious Skepticism and Free Thought
    • from William Godwin, Political Justice
    • Book 6, Chapter 2
    • from Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason
    • from Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Necessity of Atheism”
  • Protestant Christianity: The Established Churches and Religious Nonconformity
    • from “An Act for the More Effectual Suppressing of Blasphemy and Profaneness” (1697–98)
    • from Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species
    • William Blake, “There Is No Natural Religion”
    • from William Blake, “A Vision of the Last Judgment”
    • from William Blake, “The Everlasting Gospel”
    • from Anna Laetitia Barbauld, An Address to the Opposers of the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts
    • from Hannah More, Village Politics
    • from Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Religious Musings”
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge, On the Constitution of the Church and State
    • from Joanna Southcott, Prophecies Announcing the Birth of the Prince of Peace
    • from Jane Taylor, “Poetry and Reality”
    • from Lord Byron, “Detached Thoughts”
    • from William Hazlitt, “My First Acquaintance with Poets”
    • from James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
  • Roman Catholicism
    • from Matthew Lewis, The Monk
    • from Sydney Owenson, The Wild Irish Girl
    • from John Milner, An Inquiry into Certain Vulgar Opinions Concerning the Catholic Inhabitants and the Antiquities of Ireland
    • from “An Act for the Relief of His Majesty’s Roman Catholic Subjects”
  • Judaism
    • from Emma Lyon, “Paraphrased from David’s Psalms” (“Psalm 19”)
    • from Maria Edgeworth, Harrington
    • from Benjamin Disraeli, The Wondrous Tale of Alroy
  • Islam
    • from Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
      • Chapter 50
    • from Robert Southey, Thalaba the Destroyer
    • from Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Revolt of Islam
  • Hinduism
    • from William Jones, On the Gods of Greece, Italy, and India
    • from Sydney Owenson, The Missionary
    • from Rammohun Roy, Preface to Translation of the Ishopanishad
    • from Henry Louis Vivian Derozio, “A Dramatic Sketch”
  • Religions of China: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism
    • from Samuel Turner, An Account of an Embassy to the Court of the Teshoo Lama, in Tibet
    • from Walter Henry Medhurst, China; Its State and Prospects


    • Written in November
    • [The Lament of Swordy Well]
    • Remembrances
    • from The Flitting
    • The Badger
    • Written in a Thunder Storm July 15th 1841
    • from Child Harold (
    • Don Juan A Poem
    • Journey Out of Essex
    • Sonnet [I am]
    • To Mary
    • I Am
    • Clock A Clay
    • An Invite 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
    • Lamia
    • Hyperion: A Fragment
      • Book 1
      • Book 2
      • Book 3
    • 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, 21, 27(?) 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 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)
    • IN CONTEXT: The Elgin Marbles (
      • Selected Photographs
      • from William Hazlitt, “Sir Joshua Reynold’s Discourses”
      • from William Hazlitt, “Report on the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Elgin Marbles”
      • from B.R. Haydon, “On the Judgement of Connoisseurs Being Preferred to That of Professional Men—Elgin Marbles etc.”
    • IN CONTEXT: The Death of Keats
      • Joseph Severn to Charles Brown, 27 February 1821


    • The Vampyre: A Tale


    • 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
    • IN CONTEXT: Shelley’s Life and The Last Man
      • Selected Letters
        • To Thomas Jefferson Hogg, 6 March 1815
        • To Thomas Jefferson Hogg, 25 April 1815
        • To Maria Gisborne, 2 November 1818
        • To Maria Gisborne, c. 3 December 1818
        • To Maria Gisborne, 9 April 1819
        • To Marianne Hunt, 29 June 1819
        • To Maria Gisborne, 2 June 1822
        • To Maria Gisborne, 15 August 1822
    • The Transformation (
    • The Mortal Immortal



    • 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 (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, Boston, 9 November 1840


    • Old Adam, the Carrion Crow
    • Squats on a Toadstool


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