The Poems of Charlotte Smith

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - Medical - 335 pages
Charlotte Smith (1749-1806) was the author of ten novels, a play, and a host of innovative educational books for children, as well as several volumes of poetry that helped set priorities and determine the tastes of the culture of early Romanticism. Her Elegiac Sonnets sparked the sonnet revival in English Romanticism; The Emigrants initiated its passion for lengthy meditative introspection; and Beachy Head lent its poetic engagement with nature a uniquely telling immediacy. Smith was a woman, Wordsworth remarked a quarter century after her death, "to whom English verse is under greater obligations than are likely to be either acknowledged or remembered." True to his prediction, Smith's poetry has virtually dropped from sight and thus from cultural consciousness. This, the first edition of Smith's collected poems, will restore to all students of English poetry a distinctive, compelling voice. Likewise, the recovery of Smith to her rightful place among the Romantic poets must spur the reassessment of the place of women writers within that culture.
 

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Contents

I
13
To a nightingale
14
To the moon
15
To hope
16
On the departure of the nightingale
17
IX
18
To sleep
19
Written on the sea shore October 1784
20
Song
92
Verses intended to have been prefixed to the novel of Emmeline
95
The dead beggar
96
The female exile
97
Written for the benefit of a distressed player
99
Inscription on a stone in the churchyard at Boreham
103
Verses supposed to have been written in the New Forest
107
Song from the French
108

From Petrarch
21
From Petrarch
22
From Petrarch
23
To the Earl of Egremont
24
To Mr Hayley
25
Supposed to be written by Werter
26
By the same To solitude
27
By the same To the North Star
28
By the same Just before his death
29
To the River Arun
30
To friendship
31
To Miss C
32
To the River Arun
33
Written in Farm Wood South Downs in May 1784
34
To the naiad of the Arun
35
To a friend
36
XXXVI
37
XXXVIII
38
To night
39
To tranquillity
40
XLIII
41
Written in the churchyard at Middleton in Sussex
42
Written at Penshurst in autumn 1788
43
To fancy
44
To Mrs
45
L
46
Supposed to have been written in the Hebrides
47
The Laplander
48
The sleeping woodman Written in April 1790
49
The captive escaped in the wilds of America
50
To dependence
51
Written September 1791 during a remarkable thunder storm
52
To an amiable girl
53
Supposed to have been written in America
54
Written on passing by moonlight through a village
55
Written at Bristol in the summer of 1794
56
To Dr Parry of Bath with some botanic drawings
57
Written in a tempestuous night on the coast of Sussex
58
On passing over a dreary tract of country
59
Written at the same place on seeing a seaman return
60
On being cautioned against walking on an headland
61
To the morning star Written near the sea
62
To a querulous acquaintance
63
LXXV
64
To a young man entering the world
65
To the insect of the gossamer
66
Snowdrops
67
To the goddess of botany
68
To the invisible moon
69
LXXXI
70
To the shade of Burns
71
The sea view
72
LXXXV
73
Written near a port on a dark evening
74
Nepenthe
75
To the sun
76
C To oblivion
77
Written at Bignor Park in Sussex in August 1799
78
Ode to despair
79
Elegy
80
Song From the French of Cardinal Bernis
84
The origin of flattery
85
The peasant of the Alps
90
Apostrophe to an old tree
109
The forest boy
111
Verses on the death of Henrietta ONeill
117
April
119
Ode to death
121
Stanzas
122
To the winds
123
To Vesper
125
Lydia
126
The Emigrants
131
To William Cowper Esq
132
Book the First
135
Book the Second
149
Uncollected Poems
165
Hymn to love and life
167
Prologue to What is She?
168
Epilogue A to What is She?
170
Epilogue B to What is She?
171
Epilogue C to What is She?
173
Prologue to Godwins Antonio
174
Conversations Introducing Poetry
177
To a greenchafer on a white rose
179
A walk by the water
180
Invitation to the bee
181
The hedgehog seen in a frequented path
183
The early butterfly
184
The moth
185
To the snowdrop
187
Violets
188
To a butterfly in a window
189
Wild flowers
190
The close of summer
192
The wheatear
194
An evening walk by the seaside
196
The heath
198
Ode to the missel thrush
200
Ode to the olive tree
202
To the firefly of Jamaica
204
Lines composed in passing through a forest in Germany
207
To a geranium which flowered during the winter
208
To the mulberrytree
210
Beachy Head Fables and Other Poems
213
Advertisement
215
Beachy Head
217
Notes to the Fables
251
The dictatorial owl
253
The jay in masquerade
257
The truant dove from Pilpay
260
The larks nest
269
The swallow
273
Flora
279
Studies by the sea
289
The horologe of the fields
295
Saint Monica
299
A walk in the shrubbery
303
Hope A rondeau
306
Evening
307
Love and Folly
308
On the aphorism LAmitie est lAmour sans ailes
310
Textual Notes
313
Index of First Lines
325
Index of Titles
331
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