A Concordance of the Poetical Works of William Collins

A Concordance of the Poetical Works of William Collins

A Concordance of the Poetical Works of William Collins

A Concordance of the Poetical Works of William Collins

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This concordance is based on two texts. Wherever possible, the compilers have followed the Oxford "Standard Authors" edition of Austin Lane Poole, The Poems of Gray and Collins, third edition, revised, London, 1937. Poole writes, " The Poems of William Collins, edited by Mr. Christopher Stone (Frowde, London, 1907), forms the basis of this edition."

Poole's third edition differs from the first ( 1917) as follows: one new poem, "A Song. Imitated from the Midsummer Night's Dream of Shakespear" (see MND below) is included; an earlier edition of "Song. The sentiments borrowed from Shakespear" (see Song below) is used as standard; and an earlier edition of "A song from Shakespear's Cymbeline" (see Cymbeline below), which appears as "Dirge in Cymbeline" in the 1917 text, is used as standard; additional material appears in the Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland (see PS below). The 1937 edition of the Oxford text is reliable and is now the most readily available for students.

Material not included by Poole we take from Edmund Blunden's The Poems of William Collins, London, 1929. The Blunden items include several minor poems (see under Bell, ED, GB, PD, PDE, PVP, QD, and UA below) which he ascribes to Collins, and the following parts of an Ode on the Popular Superstitions: lines 70-90, uinclusive, and three additional new lines signified in this concordance by ( Blunden).

Our symbols of identification, their meanings, and the locations of the poems, are as follows: . . .

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