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WILLIAM HENRY HUDSON

I. KEATS AND HIS POETRY

By W. H. Hudson 2. JOHNSON AND GOLDSMITH AND THEIR POETRY

By W. H. Hudson 3. GRAY AND HIS POETRY

By W. H. Hudson 4. SHELLEY AND HIS POETRY By E. W. Edmunds, M.A. 5. COLERIDGE AND HIS POETRY

By Kathleen E. Royds 6. MATTHEW ARNOLD AND HIS POETRY

By Francis Bickley 7. LOWELL AND HIS POETRY By W. H. Hudson 8. BURNS AND HIS POETRY By H. A. Kellow, M.A. 9. SPENSER AND HIS POETRY By S. E. Winbolt, M.A. 10. MRS BROWNING AND HER POETRY

By Kathleen E. Rogds II, MILTON AND HIS POETRY

By W. H. Hudson 12. SCOTT AND HIS POETRY By A. E. Morgan, B.A. 13. ELIZABETHAN LYRISTS AND THEIR POETRY

By Amy Cruse 14. TENNYSON AND HIS POETRY

By R. Brimley Johnson, B.A. 15. BYRON AND HIS POETRY By William Dick, M. A. 16. LONGFELLOW AND HIS POETRY

By Oliphant Smeaton, M.A., F.S.A. 17. POE AND HIS POETRY

By Lewis N. Chase 18. HORACE AND HIS POETRY By J. B. Chapman, M.A. 19. POPE AND HIS POETRY By E. W. Edmunds, M.A. 20. BROWNING AND HIS POETRY By Ernest Rhys 21. WORDSWORTH AND HIS POETRY

By W. H. Hudson 22. SCHILLER AND HIS POETRY By W. H. Hudson 23. ROSSETTI AND HIS POETRY By Mrs. F. S. Boas 24. COWPER AND HIS POETRY By James A. Roy 25. MARLOWE AND HIS POETRY By John H. Ingram 26. CHAUCER AND HIS POETRY

By E. W. Edmunds, M.A. 27. WALT WHITMAN AND HIS POETRY By H. B. Binns 28. CHATTERTON AND HIS POETRY

By John H. Ingram 29. WHITTIER AND HIS POETRY By W. H. Hudson 30. VICTOR HUGO AND HIS POETRY By W. H. Hudson 31. WILLIAM BLAKE AND HIS POETRY

By Allardyce Nicoll, M.A. Other Volumes in active preparation

HIS POETRY

BY

1812

WILLIAM HENRY HUDSON
Author of "France: The Nation and its Develop-
ment An Introduction to the Study of
Literature etc. Late Staff-Lecturer in Litera.
ture to the University Extension Board of the

University of London

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First published May 1911

by GEORGE G. HARRAP & COMPANY
2 & 3 Portsmouth Street, Kingsway, London, W.C.2
Reprinted: February 1912

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GENERAL PREFACE

GLANCE through the pages of this little
book will suffice to disclose the general
plan of the series of which

forms a part. Only a few words of explanation, therefore, will be necessary.

The point of departure is the undeniable fact that with the vast majority of young students of literature a living interest in the work of any poet can best be aroused, and an intelligent appreciation of it secured, when it is immediately associated with the character and career of the poet himself. The cases are indeed few and far between in which much fresh light will not be thrown upon a poem by some knowledge of the personality of the writer, while it will often be found that the most direct-perhaps even the only-way to the heart of its meaning lies through a consideration of the circumstances

in which it had its birth. The purely asthetic 17 critic may possibly object that a poem should

be regarded simply as a self-contained and detached piece of art, having no personal affiliations or bearings. Of the validity of this as an abstract principle nothing need now be said. The fact remains that, in the earlier stages of study at any rate, poetry is most valued

and loved when it is made to seem most human happy and vital ; and the human and vital interest

of poetry can be most surely brought home to the reader by the biographical method of interpretation.

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