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Poems, 1799   By: (1774-1843)

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Robert Southey's Poems, 1799 is a remarkable collection of verses that truly reflects the spirit of Romanticism. Through his evocative language and vivid imagery, Southey captures the essence of nature, love, and the human experience, transporting readers into a world of poetic enchantment.

One of the most striking aspects of this collection is Southey's ability to seamlessly blend the beauty of nature with profound human emotions. His poems paint enchanting landscapes, where the reader can almost feel the soft breeze against their skin or smell the fresh scent of blooming flowers. Southey's descriptions are so vivid and meticulous that they create a deep connection between the reader and the natural world. He manages to capture the sounds and sights of nature in a way that evokes a sense of tranquility and awe.

Moreover, Southey's exploration of love in this collection is nothing short of extraordinary. His poems dive deep into the complexities and emotions associated with this universal human experience. From the euphoria of newfound love to the anguish of heartbreak, Southey skillfully portrays the intricacies of relationships, leaving readers with a profound understanding of the human heart. His words have the power to stir up emotions and resonate with readers on a personal level.

Aside from the themes addressed, Southey's poetic craftsmanship is truly exceptional. His ability to manipulate language and use rhyme and meter in a harmonious way showcases his mastery of the craft. Each line is meticulously constructed, with carefully selected words that add depth and meaning to his verses. There is a musical quality to his poetry that captivates the reader, making the experience of reading his works even more enjoyable.

While reading Poems, 1799, I found myself completely engrossed in Southey's world. From the breathtaking descriptions of nature to the exploration of human emotions, each poem is a testament to his skill as a poet and his ability to evoke a myriad of emotions in readers. If you are a fan of Romantic poetry or simply appreciate beautiful, thought-provoking verses, I highly recommend diving into the pages of Robert Southey's Poems, 1799. You will undoubtedly be transported to a world of sublime lyricism and poetic brilliance.

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Robert Southey.

The better, please; the worse, displease; I ask no more.





Book 1 2 3

The Rose

The Complaints of the Poor

Metrical Letter


The Cross Roads.

The Sailor who had served in the Slave Trade


Lord William

A Ballad shewing how an old woman rode double and who rode before her

The Surgeon's Warning

The Victory

Henry the Hermit


The Old Mansion House

The Grandmother's Tale

The Funeral

The Sailor's Mother

The Witch

The Ruined Cottage

The Vision


The Maid of Orleans.

Divinity hath oftentimes descended Upon our slumbers, and the blessed troupes Have, in the calme and quiet of the soule, Conversed with us.

SHIRLEY. 'The Grateful Servant'

[Sidenote: The following Vision was originally printed as the ninth book of 'JOAN of ARC'. It is now adapted to the improved edition of that Poem.]



Orleans was hush'd in sleep. Stretch'd on her couch The delegated Maiden lay: with toil Exhausted and sore anguish, soon she closed Her heavy eye lids; not reposing then, For busy Phantasy, in other scenes Awakened... Continue reading book >>

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