Gothic verse liberated the dark side of Romantic and Victorian verse: its medievalism, melancholy and morbidity. Some poets intended merely to shock or entertain, but Gothic also liberated the creative imagination and inspired them to enter disturbing areas of the psyche and to portray extreme states of human consciousness. This anthology illustrates that journey.
This is the first modern anthology of Gothic verse. It traces the rise of Gothic in the late eighteenth century and follows its footsteps through the nineteenth century. Gothic has never truly died as it constantly reinvents itself, and this lively, illustrated and annotated anthology offers students the atmospheric poetry that originally studded terror novels and inspired horror films. Alongside canonical verse by Coleridge, Keats and Poe, it introduces readers to lesser-known authors’ excursions into the macabre and the grotesque. A wide range of poetic forms is included: as well as ballads, tales, lyrics, meditative odes and dramatic monologues, a medievalist romance by Scott and Gothic drama by Byron are also included in full.
A substantial introduction by Caroline Franklin puts the rise of Gothic poetry into its historical context, relating it both to Romanticism and Enlightenment historicism. Although Gothic fiction has now been receiving serious critical attention for twenty years, Gothic verse has been largely overlooked. It is therefore hoped that this anthology will stimulate scholarly interest as well as readers’ pleasure in these unearthly poems.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements Timeline Introduction Traditional Ballads Thomas Percy: Edward; Sweet William’s Ghost Walter Scott: The Cruel Sister Edward Young: From Night Thoughts on Life, Death and Immortality in Nine Nights Robert Blair: From The Grave, a Poem Thomas Gray: The Fatal Sisters. An Ode Wolfgang von Goethe: The Erl-King; The Bride of Corinth Charlotte Turner Smith: Sonnet 44 George Crabbe: ‘Peter Grimes’ from The Borough; The World of Dreams Mary Robinson: The Haunted Beach Robert Burns: Tam o’Shanter: A Tale Joanna Baillie: The Ghost of Faden Helen Maria Williams: Part of an Irregular Fragment Ann Radcliffe: From The Mysteries of Udolpho: Shipwreck William Taylor: Ellenore James Hogg: The Witch of Fife; Kilmeny; Superstition; A Witch’s Chant William Wordsworth: The Thorn; The Danish Boy; From The Prelude, Book 1 lines 357-475 Sir Walter Scott: The Lay of the Last Minstrel Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner; Christabel Robert Southey: The Old Woman of Berkeley; God’s Judgement on a Wicked Bishop; Cornelius Agrippa’s Bloody Book; From Thalaba the Destroyer Book 8 M.G. Lewis: From The Monk; Midnight Hymn; Alonzo The Brave and Fair Imogine John Herman Merivale: The Dead Men of Pest Thomas Moore: The Lake of the Dismal Swamp Charlotte Dacre: Death and the Lady; The Mistress to the Spirit of her Lover; Mildew Leigh Hunt: Politics and Poetics Thomas Love Peacock: From Maid Marian: A Damsel Came in Midnight Rain; It was a Friar of Orders Free From Crotchet Castle: The Pool of the Diving Friar George Gordon, Lord Byron: Manfred, A dramatic poem; The Black Friar, from Don Juan, Canto XVI Percy Bysshe Shelley: From St Irvine, or, the Rosicrucian: Fragment, or the Triumph of Conscience; The Drowned Lover; Zeinab and Kathema; Ginevra John Clare: The Haunted Pond; An Invite to Eternity Felicia Hemans: Second Sight; The Haunted House John Keats: Lamia; Isabella, or, the Pot of Basil. A Story from Boccaccio; The Eve of St Agnes; La Belle Dame Sans Merci Nathaniel Thomas Haynes Bayly: The Mistletoe Bough Thomas Hood: The Last Man; Mary’s Ghost Thomas Lovell Beddoes: From Death’s Jest-Book, or the Fool’s Tragedy: Dirge; Song; A voice from the water Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven; The Haunted Palace; The Sleeper Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Lady of Shalott Robert Browning: Porphyria’s lover Emily Brontë: I’m Happiest When Most Away; The Night is Darkening Round Me; In the Earth, the Earth, Thou Shalt be Laid Emily Dickinson: I Like a Look of Agony; One Need not be a Chamber to be Haunted; Because I Could not Stop for Death; I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died Christina Georgina Rossetti: Goblin Market James Thomson: In the Room Algernon Charles Swinburne: After death; Itylus John Davidson: A Ballad of a Nun (Joseph) Rudyard Kipling: The Vampire Bibliography
Caroline Franklin is Professor of English at the University of Swansea, UK.