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LATE PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH LITERATURE IN THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA.
PARRY & MCMILLAN,
SUCCESSORS TO A. HART, LATE CAREY & HART.
THE NEW YORK
ASTOR, LENOX AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS. 1909
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1857, by
in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.•
STEREOTYPED BY L. JOHNSON & CO.
FRINTED BY T K. & P. & COLLINS.
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 "Lives of the Poets"- Sir Egerton
Brydges's criticism on them-Cowper's judgraente of them
-Johnson's incapacity for poetical criticism-Johnson's
judgments on Cray-"London"-"Vanity of Human Wishes"
-Percy's "Reliques of Ancient English Poetry".
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
-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 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
"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
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