A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850

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William Beckford
(1760–1844)

Remembered chiefly as the author of Vathek (1786), one of the earliest gothic
novels, William Beckford travelled extensively and lived extravagantly. He
was also a member of Parliament. His burlesque of contemporary women's
writing, Azemia, published under the pseudonym “Jacquetta Agneta Mariana
Jenks, ” contains poetic parodies such as this sonnet penned by “a languishing
fair one.” As its title suggests, the sonnet is a parody of the type popularized
by Charlotte Smith in her Elegiac Sonnets, which was tiresomely imitated
throughout the 1780s and 1790s.


157. Elegiac Sonnet to a Mopstick

Straight remnant, of the spiry birchen bough,
That o'er the streamlet wont perchance to quake
Thy many twinkling leaves, and, bending low,
Beheld thy white rind dancing on the lake—
How doth thy present state, poor stick! awake
My pathos—for, alas! even stript as thou
May be my beating breast, if e'er forsake
Philisto this poor heart; and break his vow.

So musing on I fare, with many a sigh,
And meditating then on times long past.
To thee, lorn pole! I look with tearful eye,
As all beside the floor-soiled pail thou'rt cast,
And my sad thoughts, while I behold thee twirled,
Turn on the twistings of this troublous world.

(1797)


Charles Lloyd
(1775–1839)

The son of a prominent Quaker banker, Charles Lloyd wandered aimlessly as
a young man until he became the tenant and pupil of Samuel Taylor Cole-
ridge and the friend of Charles Lamb. The three published together a volume
of poems in 1797 entitled, simply, Poems. Lloyd wrote many sonnets, several
of which are highly emotional and metaphysical. Lloyd suffered from chronic
depression and increasing mental disability and frequently quarreled with his
friends. In addition to poetry, he published translations and one novel, Isabel
(1809). Lloyd spent the latter part of his life in a French mental institution.


158. 'My pleasant home! where erst when sad and faint'

My pleasant home! where erst when sad and faint
I sought maternal friendship's sheltering arms,

-91-

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A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Contents v
  • Acknowledgments xxi
  • Introduction 3
  • Notes 18
  • Suggested Further Reading 21
  • Editorial Principles 23
  • Thomas Edwards(1699–1757) 25
  • Thomas Warton(1728–90) 26
  • John Codrington Bampfylde (1754–96) 27
  • Charlotte Smith (1749–1806) 29
  • Samuel Egerton Brydges(1762–1837) 39
  • William Hayley (1745–1820) 40
  • Helen Maria Williams(1761–1827) 42
  • William Lisle Bowles(1762–1850) 44
  • Thomas Russell(1762–88) 48
  • Mary Locke(Fl. 1791–1816) 50
  • Ann Radcliffe(1764–1823) 51
  • Anna Maria Jones(1748–1829) 54
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge(1772–1834) 55
  • Amelia Opie(1769–1853) 65
  • John Thelwall(1764–1834) 66
  • Mary Julia Young(Fl. 1789–1808) 68
  • Charles Lamb(1775–1834) 70
  • Mary Robinson(1758–1800) 73
  • William Beckford(1760–1844) 91
  • Charles Lloyd(1775–1839) 91
  • Robert Southey(1774–1843) 94
  • Edward Gardner(Fl. 1770–98) 97
  • Joseph Hucks(D. 1800) 98
  • Anna Seward(1742–1809) 99
  • Ann Home Hunter(1742–821) 106
  • Eliza Kirkham Mathews(1772–1802) 106
  • William Cowper(1731–1800) 107
  • Henry Kirke White(1785–1806) 108
  • Mrs. B. Finch(Fl. 1805) 109
  • Anna Maria Smallpiece(Fl. 1805) 110
  • William Wordsworth(1770–1850) 111
  • Mathilda Betham(1776–1852) 133
  • Susan Evance(Fl. 1808–18) 134
  • Martha Hanson(Fl. 1809) 136
  • Mary F. Johnson(Fl. 1810; D. 1863) 138
  • Mary Tighe(1772–1810) 141
  • Leigh Hunt(1784–1859) 145
  • Mary Bryan(Fl. 1815) 148
  • George Gordon, Lord Byron(1788–1824) 150
  • John Keats(1795–1821) 151
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley(1792–1822) 163
  • Jane Alice Sargant(Fl. 1817–21) 167
  • Thomas Doubleday(1790–1870) 168
  • Horace Smith(1779–1849) 170
  • John Clare(1793–1864) 170
  • Thomas Lovell Beddoes(1803–49) 176
  • Charles Johnston(D. 1823) 177
  • Elizabeth Cobbold(1767–1824) 178
  • John F. M. Dovaston(1782–1852) 180
  • Sarah Hamilton(C. 1769–1843) 181
  • Thomas Moore(1779–1852) 182
  • Mary Russell Mitford(1787–1855) 183
  • Barry Cornwall (Bryan Waller Procter)(1787–1874) 184
  • Joseph Blanco White(1775–1841) 185
  • Thomas Hood(1799–1845) 186
  • Edward Moxon(1801–58) 187
  • William Roscoe(1753–1831) 188
  • Charles Tennyson Turner(1808–79) 189
  • Alfred Tennyson(1809–92) 192
  • Agnes Strickland(1796–1874) 193
  • Frederick Tennyson(1807–98) 195
  • Hartley Coleridge(1796–1849) 196
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon(1802–38) 199
  • Jane Cross Simpson(1811–86) 200
  • Felicia Hemans(1793–1835) 201
  • Caroline Norton(1808–77) 204
  • Ebenezer Elliott(1781–1849) 206
  • Frederick William Faber(1814–63) 206
  • Frances Anne Kemble(1809–93) 208
  • Eliza Cook(1818–89) 209
  • Arthur Hugh Clough(1819–61) 210
  • William Bell Scott(1811–90) 211
  • Dante Gabriel Rossetti(1828–82) 213
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning(1806–61) 215
  • Appendix - Mary Robinson's Preface to Sappho and Phaon 233
  • Notes 239
  • Notes to the Poems and Sources 241
  • Index of Titles, Authors and First Lines 265
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