Longman Anthology of British Literature, The: The Romantics and Their Contemporaries, Volume 2A, 5th edition

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The Longman Anthology of British Literature is the most comprehensive and thoughtfully arranged text in the field, offering a rich selection of compelling British authors through the ages.

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Longman Anthology of British Literature, Volume 2A, The: The Romantics and Their Contemporaries, 5/e

The Romantics and Their Contemporaries

Illustration: Thomas Girtin, Tintern Abbey

THE ROMANTIC PERIOD AT A GLANCE

INTRODUCTION

LITERATURE AND THE AGE: “NOUGHT WAS LASTING”

ROMANCE, ROMANTICISM, AND THE POWERS OF THE IMAGINATION

THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND ITS REVERBERATIONS

Illustration: Thomas Rowlandson, after a drawing by Lord George Murray,

The Contrast

THE MONARCHY

Illustration: Thomas Lawrence, Coronation Portrait of the Prince Regent

(later, George IV)

INDUSTRIAL ENGLAND AND “NEVER-RESTING LABOUR”

CONSUMERS AND COMMODITIES

Color Plate 1: John Martin, The Bard

Color Plate 2: Thomas Gainsborough, Mrs. Mary Robinson

Color Plate 3: Thomas Phillips, Lord Byron

Color Plate 4: Anonymous, Portrait of Olaudah Equiano

Color Plate 5: J. M. W. Turner, Slavers Throwing the Dead and Dying

Overboard, Typhoon Coming On

Color Plate 6: William Blake, The Little Black Boy (second plate only)

Color Plate 7: William Blake, The Little Black Boy (another version of #6)

Color Plate 8: William Blake, The Tyger

Color Plate 9: William Blake, The Sick Rose

Color Plate 10: Joseph Wright, An Iron Forge Viewed from Without

AUTHORSHIP, AUTHORITY, AND “ROMANTICISM”

POPULAR PROSE

Illustration: George Cruikshank, The Press

PERSPECTIVES

The Sublime, the Beautiful, and the Picturesque

Illustration: Thomas Rowlandson, Dr. Syntax Sketching by the Lake

Illustration: Joseph Mallord William Turner, The Passage of the St. Gothard,

1804

EDMUND BURKE

from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime

and Beautiful

Illustration: Benjamin Robert Haydon, Study after the Elgin

Marbles

IMMANUEL KANT

from The Critique of Judgement

WILLIAM GILPIN

Illustration: Edward Dayes, Tintern Abbey from across the

Wye, 1794

from Three Essays on Picturesque Beauty, on Picturesque Travel,

and on Sketching Landscape

Illustration: From William Gilpin's Three Essays, 1792

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

from A Vindication of the Rights of Men

JANE AUSTEN

from Pride and Prejudice

from Northanger Abbey

MARIA JANE JEWSBURY

A Rural Excursion

JOHN RUSKIN

from Modern Painters

ANNA LETITIA 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

Washing-Day

Eighteen Hundred and Eleven

RESPONSE

John Wilson Croker: from A Review of Eighteen Hundred

and Eleven

The First Fire

On the Death of the Princess Charlotte

CHARLOTTE SMITH

from ELEGIAC SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS

To the Moon

“Sighing I see yon little troop at play”

Illustration: Charlotte Smith, engraving for Sonnet IV, “To the Moon”

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 overlooking the sea

The sea view

The Dead Beggar

The Emigrants, Book 1

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

EDMUND BURKE

from Reflections on the Revolution in France

Illustration: James Gillray, Smelling out a Rat; —— or The Atheistical

Revolutionist disturbed in his Midnight Calculations

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

from A Vindication of the Rights of Men

Letter to Joseph Johnson, from Paris, December 27, 1792

THOMAS PAINE

from The Rights of Man

HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS

from Letters from France, 1796

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

The Widow

Illustration: James Gillray, illustration to 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

from Jacobinism

from Once a Jacobin Always a Jacobin

WILLIAM BLAKE

All Religions Are One

There Is No Natural Religion [a]

There Is No Natural Religion [b]

SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE

Illustration: William Blake, frontispiece for Songs of Innocence

from Songs of Innocence

Introduction

The Shepherd

The Ecchoing Green

The Lamb

Illustration: William Blake, The Lamb

The Little Black Boy

The Blossom

The Chimney Sweeper

Illustration: William Blake, The Little Boy lost

The Little Boy lost

Illustration: William Blake, The Little Boy found

The Little Boy found

The Divine Image

HOLY THURSDAY

Nurses Song

Infant Joy

A Dream

On Anothers Sorrow

COMPANION READING

Charles Lamb: from The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers

from Songs of Experience

Introduction

EARTH'S Answer

The CLOD & the PEBBLE

HOLY THURSDAY

The Little Girl Lost

The Little Girl Found

THE Chimney Sweeper

NURSES Song

The SICK ROSE

Illustration: William Blake, THE Chimney Sweeper

Illustration: William Blake, THE FLY

THE FLY

The Angel

The Tyger

My Pretty ROSE TREE

AH! SUN-FLOWER

The GARDEN of LOVE

LONDON

The Human Abstract

INFANT SORROW

A Little BOY Lost

Illustration: William Blake, A POISON TREE

A Little GIRL Lost

The School-Boy

A DIVINE IMAGE

The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Illustration: William Blake, Plate i from Visions of the Daughters of Albion

Illustration: William Blake, Plate 8, from Visions of the Daughters of Albion

LETTERS

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

ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD

Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq., On the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing

the Slave Trade

HANNAH MORE AND EAGLESFIELD SMITH

The Sorrows of Yamba

ROBERT SOUTHEY

from Poems Concerning the Slave-Trade

DOROTHY WORDSWORTH

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

Illustration: Packing methods on a slave ship

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

from Sappho and Phaon, in a Series of Legitimate Sonnets

III. The Bower of Pleasure

IV. Sappho discovers her Passion

VII. Invokes Reason

XI. Rejects the Influence of Reason

XII. Previous to her Interview with Phaon

XVIII. To Phaon

XXX. Bids farewell to Lesbos

XXXVII. Foresees her Death

The Camp

The Haunted Beach

London's Summer Morning

The Old Beggar

MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT

Illustration: Portrait of Mary Wollstonecraft

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

from To M. Talleyrand-Périgord, Late Bishop of Autun

Introduction

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

RESPONSES

Anna Letitia Barbauld, The Rights of Woman

Ann Yearsley, The Indifferent Shepherdess to Colin

Robert Southey, To Mary Wollstonecraft

William Blake, from Mary

from The Wrongs of Woman, or Maria “Jemima's Narrative”

PERSPECTIVES

The Wollstonecraft Controversy and the Rights of Women

CATHARINE MACAULAY

from Letters on Education

RICHARD POLWHELE

from The Unsex'd Females

PRISCILLA BELL WAKEFIELD

from Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex

MARY ANN 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, “On Needlework”

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

London

A Mother to Her Waking Infant

A Child to His Sick Grandfather

Thunder

Song: Woo'd and Married and A'

LITERARY BALLADS

RELIQUES OF ANCIENT ENGLISH POETRY

Sir Patrick Spence

JAMES MACPHERSON

Carric-Thura: A Poem

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

RESPONSE

Charlotte Smith, To the shade of Burns

A Red, Red Rose

Auld Lang Syne

The Fornicator. A New Song

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 (1798)

Simon Lee

Anecdote for Fathers

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)

from Preface

[The Principal Object of the Poems. Humble and Rustic Life]

[“The Spontaneous Overflow of Powerful Feelings”]

[The Language of Poetry]

[What is a Poet?]

[The Function of Metre]

[“Emotion Recollected in Tranquillity”]

“There was a Boy”

“Strange fits of passion have I known”

Song (“She dwelt among th' untrodden ways”)

“A slumber did my spirit seal”

Lucy Gray

Poor Susan

Nutting

“Three years she grew in sun and shower”

The Old Cumberland Beggar

Michael

RESPONSES

Francis Jeffrey: [“the new poetry”]

Charles Lamb: from a letter to William Wordsworth

Charles Lamb: from a letter to Thomas Manning

SONNETS, 1802–1807

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

Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sept. 3, 1802

“The world is too much with us”

“It is a beauteous Evening”

“I griev'd for Buonaparte”

London, 1802

THE PRELUDE, OR GROWTH OF A POET'S MIND

Book First. Introduction, Childhood, and School time

from Book Second. School time continued

[Two Consciousnesses]

[Blessed Infant Babe]

from Book Fourth. Summer Vacation

[A Simile for Autobiography]

[Encounter with a “Dismissed” Soldier]

from Book Fifth. Books

[Meditation on Books. The Dream of the Arab]

[A Drowning in Esthwaite's Lake]

[“The Mystery of Words”]

from Book Sixth. Cambridge, and the Alps

[The Pleasure of Geometric Science]

[Arrival in France]

[Travelling in the Alps. Simplon Pass]

from Book Seventh. Residence in London

[A Blind Beggar. Bartholomew Fair]

from Book Ninth. Residence in France

[Paris]

[Revolution, Royalists, and Patriots]

from 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]

from The Prelude 1850 490

[Apostrophe to Edmund Burke]

from Book Eleventh. Imagination, How Impaired and Restored

[Imagination Restored by Nature]

[“Spots of Time.” Two Memories from Childhood and Later

Reflections]

from Book Thirteenth. Conclusion

[Climbing Mount Snowdon. Moonlit Vista. Meditation on “Mind,” “Self,”

“Imagination,” “Fear,” and “Love”]

[Concluding Retrospect and Prophecy]

RESPONSE

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: To a Gentleman

“I travell'd among unknown Men”

Resolution and Independence

RESPONSE

Lewis Carroll: Upon the Lonely Moor

“I wandered lonely as a Cloud”

“My heart leaps up”

Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early

Childhood

The Solitary Reaper

Elegiac Stanzas (“Peele Castle”)

RESPONSE

Mary Shelley: On Reading Wordsworth's Lines on Peele Castle

Excursion

Preface

Book I “The Wanderer”

From Book IV

RESPONSES

William Hazlitt: from the Character of Mr. Wordsworth's New Poem, The Excursion

Francis Jeffrey: from A Review of William Wordsworth's Excursion

John Wilson, “But is it Christianity? ... Was Margaret a Christian?” from “On Sacred Poetry” Blackwood's Edinburg Magazine, 1828

from The Wanderer, 1845 Version

“Surprised by Joy”

“Mutability”

“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

from The Grasmere Journals

[Home Alone]

[A Leech Gatherer]

[A Woman Beggar]

[An Old Sailor]

[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]

LETTERS

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]

RESPONSES

Samuel Taylor Coleridge: from A letter to Joseph Cottle

Thomas De Quincey: from Recollections of the Lake

Poets

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

Frost at Midnight

from 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

Christabel

COMPANION READING

Mary Elizabeth Coleridge: The Witch

Kubla Khan

RESPONSE

Mary Robinson: To the Poet Coleridge

The Pains of Sleep

Dejection: An Ode

LETTERS

To William Godwin

To Thomas Poole

On Donne's Poetry

Work Without Hope

Constancy to an Ideal Object

Epitaph

from The Statesman's Manual

[Symbol and Allegory]

from The Friend

[My Ghost-Theory]

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]

Chapter 22

[Defects of Wordsworth's Poetry]

from Lectures on Shakespeare

[Mechanic vs. Organic Form]

[The Character of Hamlet]

[Stage Illusion and the Willing Suspension of Disbelief]

[Shakespeare's Images]

[Othello]

COLERIDGE' S “LECTURES” AND THEIR TIME

Shakespeare in the Nineteenth Century

Charles Lamb [and Mary Lamb] Preface to Tales from Shakespear

Charles Lamb from On the Tragedies of Shakspeare

William Hazlitt from Lectures on the English Poets The Characters

of Shakespeare's Plays *

GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON

She walks in beauty

So, we'll go no more a-roving

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