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By Mrs Susannah Frances Reynolds There be not deeds alone to cause us care – A word may also fill us with despair: The crimes of men against us never bring Such pangs, as Conscience’ inward whispering, That, faithful as the planets...

The Sorrowful

Originally written in 1850 and published in the Home Circle, a magazine edited by Pierce Egan the Younger (1814-80) Ye by whom once the clear blue skyAnd zephyrs of returning springWere hailed with joy, but now no moreResponses from the spirit bring—Say,...


By Mrs [Susannah Frances] Reynolds in 1841 and transcribed by Jessica Elizabeth Thomas Oft does th’ unconscious vessel flyTo distant coasts were billows highIn dread confusion roar;And of the danger unaware,Hoping to find a refuge there,She splits...

Life of Victor Hugo

A short, anonymously written biography of the famous French writer Victor Hugo, first published in 1888, transcribed by Stephen Basdeo in 2021. Victor in Poesy, Victor in Romance,Cloud-weaver of phantasmal hopes and fears,French of the French, and...

Poem: Empty Streets and an Empty Room

Her smell lingers like a ghost on blankets strewn across the couch. Out the window that is frosting from the cold outside compared to the warmth inside, and beyond I see the street is empty. She has moved on.Poem: Empty Streets and an Empty Room

To Canaris, the Greek Patriot

Written by Victor Hugo and translated by G.W.M. Reynolds (“Canaris! nous t’avons oublié.”)[1] [Kanaris! We forgot you!] {VIII., October, 1832.} O Canaris! O Canaris! the poet’s song Has blameful left untold thy deeds too long!...


Written by Victor Hugo and published in Les Chants des Crepuscules in 1835 Translated by George W.M. Reynolds and published in Songs of Twilight in 1836. {V, vi., August, 1832.}[1] Say, Lord! for Thou alone canst tell Where lurks the...

The Land of Fable

Written by Victor Hugo and published in Les Chants des Crepuscules in 1835 Translated by George W.M. Reynolds and published in Songs of Twilight in 1836. (“L’Orient! Qu’y voyez-vous, poëtes?”)[1] [Poets! What do you see in the East?]...

19th-century French Poets and Novelists (Part II)

A Reprint of an Article by George W.M. Reynolds Part Two (Read Part One First) We now come to Alexandre Dumas.[1] Speaking of the ‘Souvenirs d’Antony,” the critic of the “Quarterly” says, “The scene of the first tale is Naples during...

19th-century French Poets and Novelists (Part I)

A Reprint of an Article by George W.M. Reynolds Part One. The “Quarterly Review” some time ago put forth a fulminating article against French novels.[1] In this article the origin of political revolution in France was attributed to the depraved...

Finding a place for Philip Larkin in Poet’s Corner

Philip Larkin On Friday 2 December a ledger stone bearing the name of Philip Larkin will be placed in Poet’s Corner, Westminster Abbey, alongside writers such as Thomas Hardy, Edmund Spenser and of course William Shakespeare. There has been quite...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 2 Dec 2016


A collection of manuscript poem in the hand of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, entitled ‘Eclogues’, poems that describe upper-class rituals such as card playing and that mock immorality in the court of George I. While Lady Mary calls these poems...
From: Recent Antiquarian Acquisitions on 19 Jul 2016

Gerard Manley Hopkins, RIP

Why did Gerard Manley Hopkins die? This blog posts an article with various recent attempts at diagnosis passed on reports of his symptoms and the course of his last illness in May and June, 1889: It is also an undoubted fact, as noted earlier, that Hopkins...

An Evening of Poetry at the American Antiquarian Society: Review of Citizen Poets of Boston

The American Antiquarian Society sponsors a robust series of Public Programs each fall and spring. I was especially interested in the most recent entry, last week’s “The Citizen Poets of Boston: A Collection of Forgotten Poems” by Paul...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 May 2016

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 9

Stella, think not that I by verse seek fame, Who seek, who hope, who love, who live but thee; Thine eyes my pride, thy lips mine history; If thou praise not, all other praise is shame. Nor so ambitious am I as to frame A nest for my young praise in laurel...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 15 Dec 2015

Shakespeare and the Georgians

The 1741 statue of Shakespeare in Poet’s Corner 2014, it seems, is going to be the year of the Georgians, with several different exhibitions looking at different aspects of life in the period covering 1714 to 1837. At the British Library there is...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 26 Feb 2014

Herbert and Donne: Metaphysical Poets

John Stubbs reviews Music at Midnight: The Life and Poetry of George Herbert by John Drury in this month's Literary Review, including a comparison and contrast of George Herbert and John Donne:Quite unlike Donne's life of adventure, disgrace, regretful...

Shakespeare and the ladies

  The statue of Shakespeare in Poets’ Corner From the earliest of times, Shakespeare’s works have been specially admired by women. I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the “Sociable Letter” written by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess...
From: The Shakespeare blog on 5 Aug 2013

Upstairs, Downstairs

Elizabeth Hands’ poem “On the Supposition of an Advertisement Appearing in a Morning Paper, of the Publication of a Volume of Poems, by a Servant Maid” is simultaneously satirical, entertaining and enlightening. Although written as a...
From: Women Writers, 1660-1800 on 25 Feb 2013

Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 8

Love, born in Greece, of late fled from his native place, Forced by a tedious proof that Turkish hardened heart Is no fit mark to pierce with his fine pointed dart; And, pleased with our soft peace, stayed here his flying race. But, finding these north...
From: Blogging Sidney's Sonnets on 2 Nov 2012

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