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thought and close reasoning in verse:-as the next is equally characteristic of Shelley's wayward intensity. 240 253 Bonnivard, a Genevese, was imprisoned by the Duke of Savoy in Chillon on the lake of Geneva for his courageous defence of his country against the tyranny with which Piedmont threatened it during the first half of the Seventeenth century.-This noble Sonnet is worthy to stand near Milton's on the Vaudois
241 254 Switzerland was usurped by the French under Napoleon in 1800: Venice in 1797 (255).
243 259 This battle was fought Dec. 2, 1800, between the Austrians under Archduke John and the French under Moreau, in a forest near Munich.
Linden means High Limetrees.
247 262 After the capture of Madrid by Napoleon, Sir J. Moore retreated before Soult and Ney to Corunna, and was killed whilst covering the embarkation of his troops.
257 272 The Mermaid was the club-house of Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and other choice spirits of that age. 258 273 Maisie: Mary.-Scott has given us nothing more complete and lovely than this little song, which unites simplicity and dramatic power to a wild-wood music of the rarest quality. No moral is drawn, far less any conscious analysis of feeling attempted :the pathetic meaning is left to be suggested by the mere presentment of the situation. A narrow criticism has often named this, which may be called the Homeric manner, superficial, from its apparent simple facility; but first-rate excellence in it is in truth one of the least common triumphs of Poetry.This style should be compared with what is not less perfect in its way, the searching out of inner feeling, the expression of hidden meanings, the revelation of the heart of Nature and of the Soul within the Soul, -the analytical method, in short,-most completely represented by Wordsworth and by Shelley. 263 277 Wolfe resembled Keats, not only in his early death
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by consumption and the fluent freshness of his
st. 3 inch: island.
From Poetry for Children (1809), by Charles and Mary
Lamb. This tender and original little piece seems clearly to reveal the work of that noble-ininded and afflicted sister, who was at once the happiness, the misery, and the life-long blessing of her equally noble-ininded brother.
278 289 This poem has an exaltation and a glory, joined with an exquisiteness of expression, which place it in the highest rank among the many masterpieces of its illustrious Author.
289 300 interlunar swoon: interval of the moon's invisi bility.
Calpe: Gibraltar. Lofoden: the Maelstrom whirlpool off the N.W. coast of Norway.
This lovely poem refers here and there to a ballad by Hamilton on the subject better treated in 163 and 164.
307 315 Arcturi: seemingly used for northern stars. And wild roses, &c. Our language has perhaps no line modulated with more subtle sweetness.
308 316 Coleridge describes this poem as the fragment of a dream-vision,-perhaps, an opium-dream?—which composed itself in his mind when fallen asleep after reading a few lines about 'the Khan Kubla' in Purchas' Pilgrimage.
Ceres' daughter: Proserpine. God of Torment :
The leading idea of this beautiful description of a
1. 23 Amphitrite was daughter to Ocean.
1. 21 Maenad: a frenzied Nymph, attendant on Dionysos in the Greek mythology. May we not call this the most vivid, sustained, and impassioned amongst all Shelley's magical personifications of Nature?
1. 5 Plants under water sympathize with the seasons of the land, and hence with the winds which affect them.
827 323 Written soon after the death, by shipwreck, of Wordsworth's brother John. This poem may be profitably compared with Shelley's following it. Each is the most complete expression of the innermost spirit of his art given by these great Poets:-of that Idea which, as in the case of the true Painter, (to quote the words of Reynolds,) 'subsists only in the mind: The sight never beheld it, nor has the hand expressed it: it is an idea residing in the breast of the artist, which he is always labouring to impart, and which he dies at last without imparting.' the Kind: the human race. 331 327 the Royal Saint: Henry VI.
331 328 st. 4 this folk: its has been here plausibly but, perhaps, unnecessarily, conjectured.-Every one knows the general story of the Italian Renaissance, of the Revival of Letters.-From Petrarch's day to our own, that ancient world has renewed its youth: Poets and artists, students and thinkers, have yielded themselves wholly to its fascination, and deeply penetrated its spirit. Yet perhaps no one more truly has vivified, whilst idealizing, the picture of Greek country life in the fancied Golden Age, than Keats in these lovely (if somewhat unequally executed) stanzas his quick imagination, by a kind of 'natural magic,' more than supplying the scholarship which his youth had no opportunity of gaining.
No. 195 This poein, under the title Absence, has been set to an air worthy of its beauty, by Mr. F. H. Crossley (published 1889: Augener, London).
INDEX OF WRITERS
WITH DATES OF BIRTH AND DEATH
ALEXANDER, William (1580—1640) 29
BARBAULD, Anna Laetitia (1743-1825) 207
BEAUMONT, Francis (1586-1616) 90
BLAKE, William (1757-1827) 174, 180, 181, 208
BURNS, Robert (1759-1796) 161, 168, 176, 184, 188, 189, 190,
BYRON, George Gordon Noel (1788-1824) 212, 214, 216, 234,
CAMPBELL, Thomas (1777-1844) 225, 231, 241, 250, 251, 259,
CAMPION, Thomas (c. 1567-1620) 25, 26, 50, 52, 55, 59, 76, 79,
CAREW, Thomas (1589-1639) 112
CAREY, Henry (———1743) 167
CIBBER, Colley (1671-1757) 155
COLERIDGE, Hartley (1796-1849) 218
COLERIDGE, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834) 211, 316, 329
COLLINS, John (18th Century) 206
COLLINS, William (1720-1756) 153, 160, 178, 186
COWLEY, Abraham (1618-1667) 130, 137
COWPER, William (1731-1800) 165, 170, 183, 200, 202, 203, 204,
CRASHAW, Richard (1615?-1652) 103
CUNNINGHAM, Allan (1784-1842) 249
DANIEL, Samuel (1562-1619) 46