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truth--“Madoc” _“Roderic” _“Thalaba” _“The Curse of Kehama”-

Scriptural character of “Thalaba”--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

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LECTURE XIV.

BYRON.

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-For-

mation 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"-Byron's selfishness-His infidelity.

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LECTURE XV.

WORDSWORTH.

Difficulties in the way of a proper appreciation of contemporary genius-Can-

dour rare in criticism-Controversy in regard to Wordsworth's school of

Poetry--Comparative criticism between the Poetry of Wordsworth and Byron

--Correspondence of Wordsworth's life with the spirit of true Poetry-Con-

tinuity of his moral life-Recollections of his childhood-His love of nature

and of man-His sympathy with the French Revolution-His seclusion-

Communion with his brother-poets-Aim of his career of authorship-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 . . Page 335

LECTURES

ON

ENGLISH POETRY.

LECTURE I.

OBJECT OF THE COURSE-POETRY THE EMINENCE OF LITERATURE-THE HISTORY

OF LITERATURE ILLUSTRATED BY GENERAL HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY-THE LIVES OF SPENSER AND MILTON-A CATHOLIC TASTE IN POETRY-VARIETY OF POETRY-INTOLERANCE OF LITERARY JUDGMENT-RYMER AND VOLTAIRE ON SHAKSPEARE-JOHNSON ON MILTON-JEFFREY ON WORDSWORTH-QUALIFICATIONS OF AN ENLIGHTENED CRITIC-UTILITARIAN CRITICISM-THE TRUE USE OF POETRY-ITS DEPRECIATION AND ABUSE-ALBUMS AND SCRAP-BOOKS-BEN JONSON'S PANEGYRIC ON HIS ART-WORDSWORTH-OBJECT OF THESE LECTURES NOT TO ENCOURAGE POETICAL COMPOSITION-SYDNEY'S DEFENCECONNECTION OF POETRY AND SCIENCE-THE SPIRIT OF OUR TIMES-MATERIAL ISM AND INFIDELITY-INFLUENCE ON IMAGINATIVE POWER-VINDICATION OF POETRY. .

M HE course of Lectures I am about attempting is the first of a

I contemplated series upon English Poetry, undertaken as well from an uncalculating impulse, as from a conviction that, in our systems of education, it is a department more than any neglected. The treasures of the English tongue are sacrificed to the attainment of those which are more recondite in the dead or foreign languages. As, year after year, I have wandered through the forsaken region (if I may be indulged in so far speaking of myself) and contemplated the mighty achievements of our English mind, a glowing admiration has kindled, higher and higher, the hope that it might not be beyond my strength to be the humble guide of others to the same unfailing springs of intellectual happiness.

The portion of literature to be treated of is that which may be regarded as its eminence,-its Poetry. I have ventured to speak of it as the noblest portion of our noble literature; and, if I shall succeed in awakening a thoughtful admiration of that which has been given to the world by the souls of mighty poets finding utterance in the music of English words, that opinion will not be condemned for its extravagance. It is a large field to travel over; and, therefore, among the introduc

JOHN CHILDS AND SON, PRINTERS.

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