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Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2, The

Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2, The

Romantics to 20th Century
2nd Edition

David Damrosch, Christopher Baswell, Clare Carroll, Kevin Dettmar, Heather Henderson, Constance Jordan, Peter Manning, Anne Schotter, William Sharpe, Stuart Sherman, Jennifer Wicke, Susan Wolfson

Mar 2004, Paperback, 3104 pages
ISBN13: 9780321093899
ISBN10: 0321093895
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The Longman Anthology of British Literature is the most comprehensive and thoughtfully arranged text of its field, offering a rich selection of major British authors throughout the ages.

With its first edition, The Longman Anthology of British Literature created a new paradigm for anthologies. Responding to major shifts in literary studies over the past twenty-five years, it was the first collection to pay sustained attention to the contexts within which literature is produced, even as it broadened the scope of that literature to embrace the full cultural diversity of the British Isles. Within its pages, canonical authors mingle with newly visible writers; English accents are heard next to Anglo-Norman, Welsh, Gaelic, and Scottish ones; female and male voices are set in dialogue; literature from the British Isles is integrated with post-colonial writing; and major works are illuminated by clusters of shorter texts that bring literary, social, and historical issues vividly to life.

Fresh and up-to-date introductions and notes are written by an editorial team whose members are all actively engaged in teaching and in current scholarship, and one hundred illustrations show both artistic and cultural developments from the medieval period to the present.

The Second Edition builds on the pioneering features of its predecessor, retaining a strong core of frequently taught works while continuing to lead the way in responding to the shifting interests of the discipline.

* denotes selection is new to this edition. Complete contents for Volume II are below. Volume 2A contains only the section entitled "The Romantics and Their Contemporaries." Volume 2B contains only the section entitled "The Victorian Age." Volume 2C contains only the section entitled "The 20th Century."


Anna Laetitia Barbauld.

The Mouse's Petition to Dr. Priestley.

On a Lady's Writing.

Inscription for an Ice-House.

To a Little Invisible Being Who Is Expected Soon to Become Visible.

To the Poor.


Eighteen Hundred and Eleven.

Companion Reading.

John Wilson Croker: From A Review of Eighteen Hundred and Eleven.

The First Fire.

On the Death of the Princess Charlotte.

*Charlotte Smith.

*Elegiac Sonnets and Other Poems.

*To melancholy. Written on the banks of the Arun October, 1785.

*Far on the Sands.

*To tranquillity.

*Written in the church-yard at Middleton in Sussex.

*On being cautioned against walking on an headland overloooking the sea.

*To the shade of Burns.

*The sea view.

*The Dead Beggar.

*From Beachy Head.

Perspectives: The Rights of Man and the Revolution Controversy.

Helen Maria Williams.

From Letters Written in France, in the Summer of 1790.

From Letters from France.

Edmund Burke.

From Reflections on the Revolution in France.

Mary Wollstonecraft.

From A Vindication of the Rights of Men.

Thomas Paine.

From The Rights of Man.

William Godwin.

From An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and Its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness.

The Anti-Jacobin, or Weekly Examiner.

The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.

Hannah More.

Village Politics.

Arthur Young.

From Travels in France During the Years 1787-1788, and 1789.

From The Example of France, A Warning to Britain.

William Blake.

All Religions Are One.

There is No Natural Religion (a).

There is No Natural Religion (b).

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.


Nurse's Song.

Infant Joy.

Companion Reading.

Charles Lamb: From The Praise of Chimney Sweepers.

From Songs of Experience.


EARTH'S Answer.


The CLOD and the PEBBLE.


The Tyger

The Chimney Sweeper.





The Human Abstract.




The School-Boy.

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.

Visions of the Daughters of Albion.


To Dr. John Trusler (23 August 1799).

To Thomas Butts (22 November 1802).

Perspectives: The Abolition of Slavery and the Slave Trade.

Olaudah Equiano.

From The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.

Mary Prince.

From The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave.

Thomas Bellamy.

The Benevolent Planters.

John Newton.

Amazing Grace.

Ann Cromartie Yearsley.

From A Poem on the Inhumanity of the Slave-Trade.

William Cowper.

Sweet Meat Has Sour Sauce.

The Negro's Complaint.

Hannah More and Eaglesfield Smith.

The Sorrows of Yamba.

Robert Southey.

From Poems Concerning the Slave Trade.

The Sailor Who Had Served in the Slave Trade.

Dorothy Wordworth.

From The Grasmere Journals.

Thomas Clarkson.

From The History of the Rise, Progress, & Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade by the British Parliament.

William Wordsworth.

To Toussaint L'Ouverture.

To Thomas Clarkson.

From The Prelude.

From Humanity.

Letter to Mary Ann Rawson (May 1833).

The Edinburgh Review.

From Abstract of the Information laid on the Table of the House of Commons, on the Subject of the Slave Trade.

George Gordon, Lord Byron.

From Detached Thoughts.

Mary Robinson.

*Ode to Beauty.

January, 1795.

Sappho and Phaon in a Series of Legitimate Sonnets.

4 (“Why, when I gaze on Phaon's beauteous eyes”).

*7 (“Come Reason”).

*11 (“O Reason”).

12 (“Now, o'er the tesselated pavement strew”).

18 (“Why art thou changed? O Phaon! tell me why?”).

30 (“O'er the tall cliff that bounds the billowy main”).

37 (“When, in the gloomy mansion of the dead”).

The Camp.

Lyrical Tales.

The Haunted Beach.

London's Summer Morning.

The Old Beggar.

*To the Poet Coleridge.

Mary Wollstonecraft.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.

From To M. Talleyrand-Perigord, Late Bishop of Autun.


From Chapter 1. The Rights and Involved Duties of Mankind Considered.

From Chapter 2. The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed.

From Chapter 3. The Same Subject Continued.

From Chapter 5. Animadversions on Some of the Writers Who Have Rendered Women Objects of Pity, Bordering on Contempt.

From Chapter 13. Some Instances of the Folly Which the Ignorance of Women Generates; with Concluding Reflections on the Moral Improvement That a Revolution in Female Manners Might Naturally Be Expected to Produce.

From Maria; or, The Wrongs of Women.

Perspectives: The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women.

Catherine Macaulay.

From Letters on Education.

Anna Laetitia Barbauld.

The Rights of Women.

Robert Southey.

To Mary Wollstoncraft.

William Blake.

From Mary.

Richard Polwhele.

From The Unsex'd Females.

Priscilla Wakefield.

From Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex.

Mary Anne Radcliffe.

From The Female Advocate.

Hannah More.

From Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education.

Mary Lamb.

Letter to The British Lady's Magazine.

William Thompson and Anna Wheeler.

From 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.

Joanna Baillie.

Plays on the Passions.

From Introductory Discourse.


A Mother to Her Waking Infant.

A Child to His Sick Grandfather.


Song: Woo'd and Married and A'.

Literary Ballads.Reliques of Ancient English Poetry.

Sir Patrick Spence.

Robert Burns.

To a Mouse.

*To a Louse.

Flow gently, sweet Afton.

Ae fond kiss.

Comin' Thro' the Rye (1).

Comin' Thro' the Rye (2).

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled.

Is there for honest poverty.

A Red, Red Rose.

Auld Lang Syne.

The Fornicator. A New Song.

Sir Walter Scott.

Lord Randal.

Thomas Moore.

The harp that once through Tara's halls.

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms.

The time I've lost in wooing.

William Wordsworth.

Lyrical Ballads.

Simon Lee.

We Are Seven.

Lines Written in Early Spring.

The Thorn.

Note to The Thorn (1800).

Expostulation and Reply.

The Tables Turned.

Old Man Travelling.

Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey.

Lyrical Ballads (1800,1802).


(The Principal Object of the Poems. Humble and Rustic Life).

(“The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings”).

(The Language of Poetry).

(What is a Poet?)

(“Emotion Recollected in Tranquillity”).

There was a Boy.

Strange fits of passion have I known.

Song: (“She dwelt among th'undtrodden ways”).

Three years she grew in sun and shower.

Song (“A slumber did my spirit seal”).

Lucy Gray.

Poor Susan.



Companion Readings.

Francis Jeffrey: (On “the new Poetry”).

Charles Lamb: from Letter to William Wordsworth.

Charles Lamb: from Letter to Thomas Manning.

Sonnets, 1802-1807.

Prefatory Sonnet (“Nuns fret not at their Convent's narrow room”).

The world is too much with us.

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1803.

It is a beauteous Evening.

I griev'd for Buonaparte.

London, 1802.

The Prelude, or Growth of a Poet's Mind (1805).

Book First. Introduction, Childhood, and School time.

Book Second. School time continued.

(Two Consciousnesses).

(Blessed Infant Babe).

Book Fourth. Summer Vacation.

(A Smile for Autobiography).

(Encounter with a “Dismissed” Soldier).

Book Fifth. Books.

(Meditation on Books. The Dream of the Arab).

(A Drowning in Esthwaite's Lake).

(“The Mystery of Words”).

Book Sixth. Cambridge, and the Alps.

(The Pleasure of Geometric Science).

(Arrival in France).

(Travelling in the Alps. Simplon Pass).

Book Seventh. Residence in London.

(A Blind Beggar. Bartholomew Fair).

Book Ninth. Residence in France.


(Revolution, Royalists, and Patriots).

Book Tenth. Residence in France and French Revolution.

(The Reign of Terror. Confusion. Return to England).

(Further Events in France).

(The Death of Robespierre and Renewed Optimism).

(Britain Declares War on France. The Rise of Napoleon and Imperialist France).

Companion Reading.

William Wordsworth: from The Prelude (1850).

Book Eleventh. Imagination, How Impaired and Restored.

(Imagination Restored by Nature).

(“Spots of Time.” Two Memories from Childhood and Later Reflections).

Book Thirteenth. Conclusion.

(Climbing Mount Snowdon. Moonlit Vista. Meditation on “Mind,” “Self,” “Imagination,” “Fear,” and “Love”).

(Concluding Retrospect and Prophecy).

I travell'd among unknown Men.

Resolution and Independence.

I wandered lonely as a cloud.

My heart leaps up.

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood.

The Solitary Reaper.

Elegiac Stanzas.

Companion Reading.

*On Reading Wordsworth's Lines on Peele Castle, Mary Shelley.

Surprized by joy.

Scorn not the sonnet.

Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg.

Dorothy Wordsworth.

Grasmere–A Fragment.

Address to a Child.

Irregular Verses.

Floating Island.

Lines Intended for My Niece's Album.

Thoughts on My Sick-bed.

When Shall I Tread Your Garden Path?.

Lines Written (Rather say Begun) on the Morning of Sunday April 6th.

The Grasmere Journals.

(Home Alone).

(A Leech Gatherer).

(A Woman Beggar).

(An Old Soldier).

(The Grasmere Mailman).

(A Vision of the Moon).

(A Field of Daffodils).

(A Beggar Woman from Cockermouth).

(The Circumstances of “Composed upon Westminster Bridge”).

(The Circumstances of “It is a beauteous Evening”).

(The Household in Winter, with William's New Wife, Gingerbread).


To Jane Pollard (A Scheme of Happiness).

To Lady Beaumont (A Gloomy Christmas).

To Lady Beaumont (Her Poetry, William's Poetry).

To Mrs. Thomas Clarkson (Household Labors).

To Mrs. Thomas Clarkson (A Prospect of Publishing).

To William Johnson (Mountain-Climbing with a Woman).

Companion Reading.

*Samuel Taylor Coleridge: from Letter to Joseph Cottle.

*Thomas DeQuincey: from Recollections of the Lake Poets.

*Perspectives: The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque.

*Edmund Burke.

*From A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and the Beautiful.

*William Gilpin.

*From Three Essays on Picturesque Beauty, on Picturesque Travel, and on Sketching Landscape.

*Jane Austen.

*From Pride and Prejudice.

*Mary Wollstonecraft.

*From A Vindication of the Rights of Men.

*Immanuel Kant.

*From The Critique of Judgment.

*John Ruskin.

*From Modern Painters.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Sonnet to the River Otter.

Companion Reading.

William Lisle Bowles: To the River Itchin, near Winton.

The Eolian Harp.

This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison.

The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere (1798).

Part 1.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1817).

Companion Readings.

William Cowper: The Castaway.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: From Table Talk.

Kubla Khan.


Frost at Midnight.

Dejection: An Ode.

On Donne's Poetry.

Work Without Hope.

Constancy to an Ideal Object.


From The Statesman's Manual (Symbol and Allegory).

*From The Friend (Reflections of Fire).

Biographia Literaria.

Chapter 4.

(Wordsworth's Earlier Poetry).

Chapter 11.

(The Profession of Literature).

Chapter 13.

(Imagination and Fancy).

Chapter 14.

(Occasion of the Lyrical Ballads--Preface to the Second Edition--The Ensuing Controversy).

(Philosophic Definitions of a Poem and Poetry).

Chapter 17.

(Examination of the Tenets Peculiar to Mr. Wordsworth. Rustic Life and Poetic Language).

From Jacobinism.

From Once a Jacobin, Always a Jacobin.

Lectures on Shakespeare.

(Mechanic vs. Organic Form).

(The Character of Hamlet).

(Stage Illusion and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief).

(Shakespeare's Images).


Coleridge's Lectures and Their Time: Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century.

Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb. Preface to Tales from Shakespeare.

Charles Lamb. From On the Tragedies of Shakespeare.

William Hazlitt. From Lectures on the English Poets.

From The Characters of Shakespeare's Plays.

Thomas De Quincey. On the Knocking at the Gate in Macbeth.

George Gordon, Lord Byron.

She walks in beauty.

So, we'll go no more a-roving.


*“Manfred” and Its Time: The Byronic Hero.

Byron's Earlier Heroes.

From The Giaour.

From The Corsair.

From Lara.


From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto the Third (Napoleon Buonoparte).

*Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

From The Statesman's Manual (“Satanic Pride and Rebellious Self-Idolatry”).

*Caroline Lamb.

From Glenarvon.

*Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

From Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus.

*Felicia Hemans.

From The Widow of Crescentius.

*Percy Bysshe Shelley.

From Preface to Prometheus Unbound.

*Robert Southey.

From Preface to A Vision of Judgement.

*George Gordon, Lord Byron.

From The Vision of Judgment.

*Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

*Canto the Third.

(Waterloo Fields).

(Thunderstorm in the Alps).

(Byron's Strained Idealism. Apostrophe to His Daughter).

*Canto the Fourth.

(Rome, Political Hopes).

(The Coliseum. The Dying Gladiator).

(Apostrophe to the Ocean. Conclusion).

Companion Readings.

John Wilson: From A Review of Childe Harold's Pilgrimage.

John Scott: [Lord Byron's Creations].

Don Juan.


Canto 1.

From Canto 2 (Shipwreck. Juan and Haidée).

From Canto 3 (Juan and Haidée. The Poet for Hire).

From Canto 7 (Critique of Military “Glory”).

From Canto 11 (Juan in England).

Stanzas (“When a man hath no freedom to fight for at home”).

On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year.


To Thomas Moore (On Childe Harold) (28 January 1817).

To John Murray (On Don Juan) (6 April 1819).

To John Murray (On Don Juan) (12 August 1819).

To Douglas Kinnaird (On Don Juan) (26 October 1819).

To John Murray (On Don Juan) (16 February 1821).

Percy Bysshe Shelley.

To Wordsworth.

Mont Blanc.

Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.


Sonnet: Lift not the painted veil.

Sonnet: England in 1819.

The Mask of Anarchy.

Ode to the West Wind.

To a Sky-Lark.

To–(“Music, when soft voices die”).


Companion Readings.

George Gordon, Lord Byron: From Don Juan.

George Gordon, Lord Byron: Letter to Percy Bysshe Shelley (26 April 1821).

George Gordon, Lord Byron: Letter to John Murray (30 July 1821).

*The Cloud.


Chorus (“Worlds on worlds are rolling ever”).

Chorus (“The world's great age begins anew”).

With a Guitar, to Jane.

*To Jane (“The Keen Stars”).

From A Defence of Poetry.

Felicia Hemans.

Tales and Historic Scenes, in Verse.

The Wife of Asdrubal.

The Last Banquet of Antony and Cleopatra.

Evening Prayer, at a Girls' School.


Records of Woman.

The Bride of the Greek Isles.

Properzia Rossi.

Indian Woman's Death Song.

Joan of Arc, in Rheims.

The Homes of England.

The Graves of a Household.

Corinne at the Capitol.

Woman and Fame.

Companion Readings.

Francis Jeffrey: From A Review of Felicia Hemans's Poetry.

William Wordsworth: From Prefatory Note to Extempore Effusion on the Death of James Hogg.

John Clare.

Written in November (1).

Written in November (2).

Songs Eternity.

(The Lament of Swordy Well).

(The Mouse's Nest).

Clock a Clay.

“I Am”.

The Mores.

John Keats.

On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.

Companion Readings.

Alexander Pope: From Homer's Iliad.

George Chapman: From Homer's Iliad.

Alexander Pope: From Homer's Odyssey.

George Chapman: From Homer's Odyssey.

To one who has been long in city pent.

On the Grasshopper and Cricket.

From Sleep and Poetry.

Companion Readings.

John Gibson Lockhart: From On the Cockney School of Poetry (No. 1, October 1817).

John Gibson Lockhart: From The Cockney School of Poetry (No. 2, August 1818).

On Seeing the Elgin Marbles.

On sitting down to read King Lear once again.

Sonnet: When I have fears.

The Eve of St. Agnes.

La Belle Dame sans Mercy.

Incipit Altera Sonneta (“If by dull rhymes”).

The Odes of 1819.

Ode to Psyche.

Ode to a Nightingale.

Ode on a Grecian Urn.

Ode on Indolence.

Ode on Melancholy.

To Autumn.

The Fall of Hyperion: A Dream.

This living hand.

Bright Star.


To Benjamin Bailey (“The Truth of Imagination”).

To George and Thomas Keats (“intensity” and “Negative Capability”).

To John Hamilton Reynolds (Wordsworth and “The whims of an Egotist”).

To John Taylor (“a few axioms”).

To Benjamin Bailey (“ardent pursuit”).

To John Hamilton Reynolds (Wordsworth, Milton, and “dark Passages”).

To Benjamin Bailey (“I have not a right feeling towards Women”).

To Richard Woodhouse (The “camelion poet” vs. the “egotistical sublime”).

To George and Georgiana Keats (“indolence,” “poetry” vs. “philosophy,” the “vale of Soul-making”).

To Fanny Brawne (“You Take Possession of Me”).

To Percy Bysshe Shelley (“An Artist Must Serve Mammon”).

To Charles Brown (Keats's Last Letter). 4:10 PM 9/24/2002@SUBPART = Perspectives: Popular Prose and the Problems of Authorship.

Sir Walter Scott.

Introduction to Tales of My Landlord.

Charles Lamb.

Oxford in the Vacation.

Dream Children.

Old China.

William Hazlitt.

On Gusto.

My First Acquaintance with Poets.

Thomas De Quincey.

From Confessions of an English Opium-Eater.

(What Do We Mean by Literature?).

Jane Austen.

From Pride and Prejudice.

From Emma.

Letter to James S. Clarke.

William Cobbett.

From Rural Rides.

*Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.

*The Swiss Peasant.


Thomas Carlyle.

Past and Present.

Midas (The Condition of England).

From Gospel of Mammonism (The Irish Widow).

From Labour (Know Thy Work).

From Democracy (Liberty to Die by Starvation).

Captains of Industry.

Perspectives: The Industrial Landscape.

The Steam Loom Weaver.Fanny Kemble.

From Record of a Girlhood.

Thomas Babington Macaulay.

From A Review of Southey's Colloquies.

Parliamentary Papers (“Blue Books”).

Testimony of Hannah Goode, a Child Textile Worker.

Testimony of Ann and Elizabeth Eggley, Child Mineworkers.

Charles Dickens.

From Dombey and Son.

From Hard Times.

Benjamin Disraeli.

From Sybil.

Friedrich Engels.

From The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844.

Henry Mayhew.

From London Labour and the London Poor.

John Stuart Mill.

On Liberty.

From Chapter 2. Of the Liberty of Thought and Discussion.

From Chapter 3. Of Individuality, as One of the Elements of Well-Being.

The Subjection of Women.

From Chapter 1.

Statement Repudiating the Rights of Husbands.


From Chapter 1. Childhood, and Early Education.

From Chapter 5. A Crisis in My Mental History. One Stage Onward.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

To George Sand: A Desire.

To George Sand: A Recognition.

A Year's Spinning.

Sonnets from the Portuguese.

1 (“I thought once how Theocritus had sung”).

13 (“And wilt thou have me fashion into speech”).

14 (“If thou must love me, let it be for nought”).

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”).

28 (“My letters! all dead paper, mute and white!”).

32 (“The first time that the sun rose on thine oath”).

38 (“First time he kissed me, he but only kissed”).

43 (“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”).

Aurora Leigh.

Book 1.


(Her Mother's Portrait).

(Aurora's Education).

(Discovery of Poetry).

Book 2.

(Woman and Artist).

(No Female Christ).

(Aurora's Rejection of Romney).

Book 3.

(The Woman Writer in London).

Book 5.

(Epic Art and Modern Life).

From A Curse for a Nation.

A Musical Instrument.

The Best Thing in the World.

Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

The Kraken.


The Lady of Shalott.

The Lotos-Eaters.



Break, Break, Break.

The Epic [Morte d'Arthur].

The Eagle: A Fragment.

Locksley Hall.

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).

From In Memoriam A. H. H.

The Charge of the Light Brigade.

Idylls of the King.

The Coming of Arthur.

Pelleas and Ettarre.

The Passing of Arthur.

The Higher Pantheism.

Flower in the Crannied Wall.

Crossing the Bar.

*Edward Fitzgerald.

*The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám of Naishápur.

Charles Darwin.

The Voyage of the Beagle.

From Chapter 10. Tierra Del Fuego.

From Chapter 17. Galapagos Archipelago.

On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.

From Chapter 3. Struggle for Existence.

The Descent of Man.

From Chapter 21. General Summary and Conclusion.

From Autobiography.

Perspectives: Religion and Science.

Thomas Babington Macaulay.

From Lord Bacon.

Charles Dickens.

From Sunday Under Three Heads.

David Friedrich Strauss.

From The Life of Jesus Critically Examined.

Charlotte Brontë.

From Jane Eyre.

Arthur Hugh Clough.


The Latest Decalogue.

From Dipsychus.

John William Colenso.

From The Pentateuch and Book of Joshua Critically Examined.

John Henry Cardinal Newman.

From Apologia Pro Vita Sua.

Thomas Henry Huxley.

From Evolution and Ethics.

Sir Edmund Gosse.

From Father and Son.

Robert Browning.

Porphyria's Lover.

Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister.

My Last Duchess.

How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix.

Home-Thoughts, from Abroad.

Home-Thoughts, from the Sea.

The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed's Church.

Meeting at Night.

Parting at Morning.

A Toccata of Galuppi's.


Love Among the Ruins.

“Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came.”

Fra Lippo Lippi.

The Last Ride Together.

Andrea del Sarto.

Two in the Campagna.

A Woman's Last Word.

Caliban upon Setebos.

Epilogue to Asolando.

Charles Dickens.

A Christmas Carol.

From A Walk in a Workhouse.

Companion Readings.

Dickens at Work: Recollections by His Children and Friends.

Kate Field: Dickens Giving a Reading of A Christmas Carol.

Popular Short Fiction.

Elizabeth Gaskell.

Our Society at Cranford.

Thomas Hardy.

The Withered Arm.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

A Scandal in Bohemia.

Edith Nesbit.

Fortunatus Rex & Co.

John Ruskin.

Modern Painters.

From Definition of Greatness in Art.

From Of Water, As Painted by Turner.

The Stones of Venice.

From The Nature of Gothic.

From Modern Manufacture and Design.



From The Springs of Wandel.

From Herne-Hill Almond Blossoms.

From Schaffhausen and Milan.

From The Grande Chartreuse.

From Joanna's Care.

Florence Nightingale.


Perspectives: Victorian Ladies and Gentlemen.

Francis Power Cobbe.

From Life of Frances Power Cobbe As Told by Herself.

Sarah Stickney Ellis.

From The Women of England: Their Social Duties and Domestic Habits.

Charlotte Brontë.

From Letter to Emily Brontë.

Anne Brontë.

From Agnes Grey.

John Henry Cardinal Newman.

From The Idea of a University.

Caroline Norton.

From A Letter to the Queen.

*George Eliot.

*Margaret Fuller and Mary Wollstonecraft.

Thomas Hughes.

From Tom Brown's School Days.

Isabella Beeton.

From The Book of Household Management.

Queen Victoria.

Letters and Journal Entries on the Position of Women.

Charles Kingsley.

From Letters and Memories.

Sir Henry Newbolt.

Vitaï Lampada.

Matthew Arnold.

Isolation. To Marguerite.

To Marguerite-Continued.

Dover Beach.

Lines Written in Kensington Gardens.

The Buried Life.

Stanzas from the Grande Chartreuse.

The Scholar Gipsy.

East London.

West London.


From The Function of Criticism at the Present Time.

Culture and Anarchy.

From Sweetness and Light.

From Doing as One Likes.

From Hebraism and Hellenism.

From Porro Unum Est Necessarium.

From Conclusion.

From The Study of Poetry.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

The Blessed Damozel.

The Woodspurge.

The House of Life.

The Sonnet.

4. Lovesight.

6. The Kiss.

Nuptial Sleep.

The Burden of Nineveh.

Christina Rossetti.

Song (“She sat and sang always”).

Song (“When I am dead, my dearest”).


After Death.

A Pause.


Dead Before Death.


A Triad.

In an Artist's Studio.

A Birthday.

An Apple-Gathering.

Winter: My Secret.


Goblin Market.

“No, thank you, John.”

Promises Like Pie-Crust.

In Progress.

What Would I Give?

A Life's Parallels.

Later Life.

17 (“Something this Foggy day, a something which”).

Sleeping at Last.

William Morris.

The Defence of Guenevere.

The Haystack in the Floods.

From The Beauty of Life.

Algernon Charles Swinburne.

The Leper.

The Triumph of Time.

I Will Go Back to the Great Sweet Mother.


Hymn to Proserpine.

A Forsaken Garden.

The Higher Pantheism in a Nutshell.

Walter Pater.

The Renaissance.


From Leonardo da Vinci.


From The Child in the House.

Gerard Manley Hopkins.

God's Grandeur.

The Starlight Night.


The Windhover.

Pied Beauty.

Hurrahing in Harvest.

Binsey Poplars.

Duns Scotus's Oxford.

Felix Randal.

Spring and Fall: to a young child.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire.

(Carrion Comfort).

No Worst, There Is None.

I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark, Not Day.

That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection.

Thou Art Indeed Just, Lord.

From Journal (On “Inscape” and “Instress”).

From Letter to R. W. Dixon (On Sprung Rhythm).

*Lewis Carroll.

*Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Chapter 1. Down the Rabbit Hole.

From Chapter 2. The Pool of Tears.

You are old, Father William.

The Lobster-Quadrille.

*Through the Looking Glass.

Child of the pure unclouded brow.


(Humpty Dumpty on Jabberwocky).

The Walrus and the Carpenter.

The White Knight's Song.

*Perspectives: The Invention of Childhood.

*Charles Darwin.

*From A Biographical Sketch of an Infant.

*Moral Verses.

Table Rules for Little Folks.

Eliza Cool: The Mouse and the Cake.

Heinrich Hoffman: The Story of Augustus who would Not have any Soup.

Thomas Miller: The Watercress Seller.

William Miller: Willie Winkie.

Edward Lear.

(Selected Limericks).

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat.

The Jumblies.

How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!

Christina Rossetti.

From Sing-Song: A Nursery Rhyme Book.

Robert Louis Stevenson.

From A Child's Garden of Verses.

Hilaire Belloc.

From The Bad Child's Book of Beasts.

From Cautionary Tales for Children.

Beatrix Potter.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Daisy Ashford.

From The Young Visiters; or, Mr. Salteena's Plan.

Henry James.

From What Maisie Knew.

Rudyard Kipling.

Without Benefit of Clergy.

Just So Stories.

How the Whale Got His Throat.

How the Camel Got His Hump.

Gunga Din.

The Widow at Windsor.



Perspectives: Travel and Empire.

Frances Trollope.

From Domestic Manners of the Americans.

Thomas Babington Macaulay.

From The Minute on Indian Education.

Alexander Kinglake.

From Eothen .

Sir Richard Francis Burton.

From A Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to El-Medinah and Meccah.

Isabella Bird.

From A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains.

Sir Henry Morton Stanley.

From Through the Dark Continent.

Mary Kingsley.

From Travels in West Africa.

*Rudyard Kipling.

*The White Man's Burden.

*Robert Louis Stevenson.

*The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Oscar Wilde.

Impression du Matin.

The Harlot's House.

Symphony in Yellow.

From The Decay of Lying.

From The Soul of Man Under Socialism.

Peface to The Picture of Dorian Gray.

The Importance of Being Earnest.


From De Profundis.

Companion Reading.

H. Montgomery Hyde: From The Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Perspectives: Aestheticism, Decadence, and the Fin de Siècle.

W. S. Gilbert.

If You're Anxious for to Shine in the High Aesthetic Line.

James McNeill Whistler.

From from Mr. Whistler's “Ten O'Clock.”

“Michael Field” (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper).

La Gioconda.

A Pen-Drawing of Leda.

“A Girl”.

Ada Leverson.


Arthur Symons.


White Heliotrope.

From The Decadent Movement in Literature.

From Preface to Silhouettes.

Richard Le Gallienne.

A Ballad of London.

Lionel Johnson.

The Destroyer of a Soul.

The Dark Angel.

A Decadent's Lyric.

Lord Alfred Douglas.

In Praise of Shame.

Two Loves.

Impression de Nuit.

Olive Custance (Lady Alfred Douglas).

The Masquerade.


The White Witch.

Max Beerbohm.

Enoch Soames.


Joseph Conrad.

Preface to The Nigger of the “Narcissus”.

Heart of Darkness.

Companion Readings.

Joseph Conrad: From The Congo Diary.

Sir Henry Morton Stanley: From Address to the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Gang of Four: We Live As We Dream, Alone.

Bernard Shaw.

Preface: A Professor of Phonetics.



To Francis Collison (20 August 1903).

To The Times (30 October 1906).

Thomas Hardy.


Neutral Tones.

Wessex Heights.

The Darkling Thrush.

On the Departure Platform.

The Convergence of the Twain.

At Castle Boterel.

Channel Firing.

In Time of “The Breaking of Nations”.

I Looked Up from My Writing.

“And There Was a Great Calm”.

Logs on the Hearth.

The Photograph.

The Fallow Deer at the Lonely House.



Perspectives: The Great War: Confronting the Modern.

Vorticist Manifesto.

Rupert Brooke.

The Great Lover.

The Soldier.

Sigfried Sassoon.

Glory of Women.


*The Rear-Guard.

Everyone Sang.

Wilfred Owen.

Anthem for Doomed Youth.

Strange Meeting.


Dulce et Decorum Est.

Isaac Rosenberg.

Break of Day in the Trenches.

Dead Man's Dump.

David Jones.

From In Parenthesis.

Robert Graves.

From Goodbye to All That.

Speeches on Irish Independence.

Charles Stuart Parnell.

At Limerick.

Before the House of Commons.

At Portsmouth, After the Defeat of Mr. Gladstone's Home Rule Bill.

In Committee Room No. 15.

*Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

Padraic Pearse.

Kilmainham Prison.

Michael Collins.

The Substance of Freedom.

William Butler Yeats.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Who Goes with Fergus?

No Second Troy.

The Fascination of What's Difficult.

September 1913.

The Wild Swans at Coole.

An Irish Airman Foresees His Death.

Easter 1916.

The Second Coming.

Prayer for My Daughter.

Sailing to Byzantium.

Meditations in Time of Civil War.

Nineteen Hundred and Nineteen.

Leda and the Swan.

Among School Children.


Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop.

Lapis Lazuli.

The Circus Animals' Desertion.

Under Ben Bulben.

James Joyce.





The Dead.


*(Chapter 13. Nausicaa).

Finnegans Wake, and a First Draft Version of Finnegan's Wake.

Shem the Penman.

T. S. Eliot.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.

Companion Readings.

Arthur Waugh: [Cleverness and the New Poetry].

Ezra Pound: Drunken Helots and Mr. Eliot.


The Waste Land.

Journey of the Magi.

Four Quartets.

Burnt Norton.

Tradition and the Individual Talent.

Virginia Woolf.

The Lady in the Looking-Glass: A Reflection.

*Mrs. Dalloway.

From A Room of One's Own.

From Three Guineas.

From The Diaries.

*From Letter to Gerald Brenan (25 December 1922).

*Perspectives: Regendering Modernism.

*Virginia Woolf.

*From Orlando.

*Vita Sackville-West.

*Seducers in Ecuador.

*E. M. Forster.

*The Life to Come.

*Rebecca West.

*Indissoluble Matrimony.

*Katherine Mansfield.

*The Daughters of the Late Colonel.

*Jean Rhys.


*Angela Carter.

*Penetrating to the Heart of the Forest.

D. H. Lawrence.


Song of a Man Who Has Come Through.

Tortoise Shout.


Bavarian Gentians.


*Odour of Chrysanthemums.

*The Horse Dealer's Daughter.

Surgery for the Novel–or a Bomb.

P.G. Wodehouse.

Strychnine in the Soup.

Graham Greene.

A Chance for Mr. Lever.

Perspectives: World War II and the End of Empire.

Sir Winston Churchill.

Two Speeches Before the House of Commons.

Stephen Spender.


What I Expected.

The Express.

The Pylons.

Elizabeth Bowen.

Mysterious Kôr.

Evelyn Waugh.

*The Man Who Liked Dickens.


Companion Reading.

Travel Agent, Monty Python.

George Orwell.

*Politics and the English Language.

Shooting an Elephant.

Salman Rushdie.

*Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain Consummate Their Relationship.

Dylan Thomas.

The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower.

*Fern Hill.

*Poem in October.

Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night.

Return Journey.

Samuel Beckett.

Krapp's Last Tape.

Texts for Nothing.

4 (“Where would I go, if I could go, who would I be, if I could be?”).

8 (“Only the words break the silence, all other sounds have ceased”).

The Expelled.

Postwar Poets: English Voices.

W. H. Auden.

Musée des Beaux Arts.

In Memory of W. B. Yeats.

Spain 1937.


September 1, 1939.

In Praise of Limestone.

Stevie Smith.

Not Waving but Drowning.


How Cruel Is the Story of Eve.

The New Age.

Philip Larkin.

Church Going.

High Windows.

Talking in Bed.


Sylvia Plath.

The Colossus.


Lady Lazarus.


Ted Hughes.




Dust as We Are.

Leaf Mould.

Telegraph Wires.

Thom Gunn.

Lines from a Book.

Elvis Presley.

A Map of the City.

Black Jackets.

From the Wave.

The Hug.

Patch Work.

The Missing.

V. S. Naipaul.

In a Free State.

Prologue, from a Journal: The Tramp at Piraeus.

Epilogue, from a Journal: The Circus at Luxor.

*Caryl Churchill.

*Cloud Nine.

Perspectives: Whose Language?

Seamus Heaney.

*The Toome Road.

*A Postcard from North Antrium.

*The Singer's House.

*The Skunk.


*Station Island.

12 (“Like a convalescent, I took the hand”).

*In Memoriam Francis Ledwidge.


Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.

Feeding a Child.


Labasheedy (The Silken Bed).

As for the Quince.

Why I Choose to Write in Irish, The Corpse That Sits Up and Talks Back.

*Ngugi Wa Thiong'o.

*Decolonizing the Mind.

*The Language of African Literature.

Nadine Gordimer.

What Were you Dreaming?

James Kelman.

Home for a Couple of Days.

*Eavan Boland.


*The Journey.

*The Pomegranate.

*A Woman Painted on a Leaf.

*Mise Eire.

*Paul Muldoon.



*Meeting the British.

*Sleeve Notes.

Derek Walcott.

A Far Cry from Africa.


The Fortunate Traveller.


50 (“I once gave my daughters, separately, two conch shells”).

52 (“I heard them marching the leaf-wet roads of my head”).

54 (“The midsummer sea, the hot pitch road, this grass, these shacks that made me”).

Political and Religious Orders.

Money, Weights, and Measures.

Literary and Cultural Terms.




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