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BURNS, (WITH NOTICES OF JOHNSON'S LIVES OF THE POETS.)
Monotony of Pope's verse-The revival of a truer spirit of
Poetry Chatterton Merit of Cowper - Dr. Johnson's lite-
rary dictatorship - His
Brydges's criticism on them - Cowper's judgment of them
-Johnson's incapacity for poetical criticism-Johnson's
judgments on Gray-"London"-" Vanity of Human Wishes"
-Percy's "Reliques of Ancient English Poetry" - The
character of this poetry-Robert Burns- His boyhood—
Early trials-Mossgeil Farm--The freshness of his poetry—
Its universality-Wordsworth's lines "The Mountain-Daisy"
"The Field-Mouse"-"Cotter's Saturday Night"-"Tam
O'Shanter"— Mary Campbell-Morality of Burns's poetry
-The Bard's Epitaph-Wordsworth's Lines to the Sons
The present age not an unpoetical one-Five names worthy
of distinction-Samuel Rogers-The "Pleasures of Memory"
-Rogers's "Italy"— Galileo and Milton-Moore's Songs-
Irish patriotism-The true question respecting poetical com-
position-Lamb's lines on the "Old Familiar Faces"-Scott's
career of authorship-Scott the second in rank of Scottish
poets-His childhood at Sandy Knowe-His early reading-
His interview with Burns-Influence of the Story of the
Rebellion of 1745 on his genius-His love of natural scenery
-The minstrelsy of the Scottish border-Hallam's remark
on the Scottish ballads-Story of "Christie's Will"-"The
Lay of the Last Minstrel"-Scott's merit as a poet-In-
fluence of the French Revolution on his mind-" Marmion"
"The Lady of the Lake"-Decline of his poetical powers-
"Bonny Dundee"--" Battle of Otterburne"-- His pilgrimage
Advantage of connecting critical with historical considerations
--Spenser and his age-Spirit of the French Revolution-
Contrast between the American and the French Revolutions---
Its influence over thought and action-Coleridge's "France"
-Nature of lyrical poetry-Early developments of Cole-
ridge's genius- His philosophy-His critical papers-His
consciousness of his own poetical endowment-His boyhood
at Christ Church Hospital-Monody on Chatterton-His love
of nature-Ode on Dejection-Translations of Schiller's trage-
dies "The Ancient Mariner"-" Christabel" Its metrical
SOUTHEY, (WITH NOTICE OF CHARLES LAMB.)
Charles Lamb, the friend of Coleridge and Southey-" The
Old Familiar Faces" "Elia”- Robert Southey-Character
of his prose-His complete poetical works-His mental de-
—“Wat Tyler”—" Joan of Arc"-The product of imagination
is often truth" Madoc"-" Roderic❞— "Thalaba" "The
Curse of Kehama"- Scriptural character of "Thalaaba"-
Keble's "Christian Year"- Story of "Thalaba and Oneiza"
-Southey's Odes-" The Retreat from Moscow"-" The Tale
of Paraguay”—His playful poetry-Ode on the Portrait of
A catholic taste in literature Difficulties of a course of
critical lectures-Southey and Byron-The spirit of criticism
the spirit of charity-Rogers's plea for Byron's memory-
Popularity of his poetry "English Bards and Scotch
Reviewers" "Childe Harold"- His love of external nature
-Formation of his literary character-Admiration for Pope-
Success of "Childe Harold" His Oriental tales - Literature
of the last century - Story of Byron's marriage-Noctes
Ambrosianæ Contrast between the "Corsair" and the
"Prisoner of Chillon" -"The Dream"- Materialism in his
poetry- Manfred-Venice -The Dying Gladiator-Strains
for liberty- Beauty of womanly humanity-" Sardanapalus"
Difficulties in the way of a proper appreciation of contem-
porary genius-Candour rare in criticism-Controversy in
regard to Wordsworth's school of poetry-Comparative criti-
cism between the poetry of Wordsworth and Byron-Cor-
respondence of Wordsworth's life with the spirit of true
poetry-Continuity of his moral life-Recollections of his
childhood-His love of nature and of man-His sympathy
with the French Revolution-His seclusion-Communion
Lines composed in the neighbourhood of Tintern Abbey-
"The Excursion". "Sonnet on Westminster Bridge"
"Lines on the Death of Mr. Fox”—“Tribute to a favourite
Dog"-"Simon Lee"-" "Story of the Deserted Cottage"-
His political poems-Conclusion.......................
LECTURES ON ENGLISH POETRY.
(WITH NOTICES OF JOHNSON'S LIVES OF THE POETS.) Monotony of Pope's verse-The revival of a truer spirit of PoetryChatterton-Merit of Cowper-Dr. Johnson's literary dictatorshipHis "Lives of the Poets"-Sir Egerton Brydges's criticism on them -Cowper's judgment of them-Johnson's incapacity for poetical criticism—Johnson's judgments on Gray-"London"-" Vanity of Human Wishes"-Percy's "Reliques of Ancient English Poetry”— The character of this poetry-Robert Burns-His boyhood-Early trials-Mossgeil Farm-The freshness of his poetry-Its universality
-Wordsworth's lines-The Mountain-Daisy-The Field-mouse— Cotter's Saturday Night-Tam O'Shanter-Mary Campbell-Morality of Burns's poetry-The bard's epitaph-Wordsworth's Lines to the Sons of Burns.
IN my last lecture I was constrained to pass, somewhat too hastily, from the poetry of Pope to that of Cowper, thus bringing the earlier portion of the eighteenth century in too close contact with its later period. It has been my aim, throughout this course of lectures, to make it, as far as possible, comprehensive not only of the exposition of the individual poets selected, but of the progress of English poetry in its successive ages, as it has been modified by the influence of genius and the spirit of the times. I propose, therefore, in order not to deviate now from the plan as presented to my own mind at the outset, to endea