Handlist of Novel Poems for Romanticism and Readers

Handlist of Novel Poems for Romanticism and Readers

Derek Furr, Bard College MAT Program

Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and that for the purposes of the course, I include excerpts from Shakespearean drama among the poems. Most of the texts listed below are identified in the modern edited versions of the class novels listed on the syllabus. Full texts can be found in The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry database, published by Columbia University Press, and the English Poetry Database, published by Chadwyck-Healy, as well as in numerous print collections. Both of the databases include search engines that are invaluable for the research in this course.


Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto III

S.T. Coleridge, "The Ryme of the Ancyent Marinere"

Dante, Inferno, Canto XXIII

Leigh Hunt, The Story of Rimini, Canto II

Charles Lamb, "Old Familiar Faces"

John Milton, Paradise Lost, especially books IV and X

Percy Shelley, "Mont Blanc," "On Mutability"

William Wordsworth, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey"


Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, Canto II; The Giaour; The Bride of Abydos

Walter Scott, Marmion and Lady of the Lake

James Thomson, "Autumn" from The Seasons


Aside from numerous references to Shakespeare's plays, of particular interest are Scott's allusions to Pope's translation of The Odyssey and to Dryden, whose work he had edited. He frequently cites Dryden's versions of Chaucer. See his The Works of John Dryden (London: W. Miller, 1808). Note also:

Anna Seward, "Song (From thy waves, stormy Lannow)"

James Thomson, "Liberty"

Thomas Warton, "Inscription in a Hermitage"

The Monk

Again, numerous allusions to Shakespeare and, as in Scott, many of his own poems. In addition, see:

Robert Blair, The Grave

William Cowper, "Charity"

Alexander Pope, "The First Epistle of the Second Book of Horace Imitated"

Matthew Prior, "Pleasure," from Solomon on the Vanity of the World

Jane Eyre

Thomas Aird, The Demoniac

Charlotte Brontë, "My feet they are sore"

Lord Byron, Parisina

S.T. Coleridge, "Rime"

John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II

Thomas Moore, "Fallen is thy throne, O, Israel"; Lalla Rookh

Alexander Pope, The Dunciad, IV

James Thomson, "Autumn" from The Seasons

Walter Scott, Lay of the Last Minstrel