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Selected Poetry of Robert Southey (1774-1843)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

For many thousand bodies here
Lay rotting in the sun;
But things like that, you know, must be
After a famous victory.
        (The Battle of Blenheim, 51-54)
  1. The Battle of Blenheim
  2. God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop
  3. My Days among the Dead are Past
  4. The Old Man's Complaints. And how he gained them
  5. The Well of St. Keyne

Biographical information

Given name: Robert
Family name: Southey
Birth date: 12 August 1774
Death date: 21 March 1843
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Robert Southey
          mother: Margaret Southey
          wife: Caroline Southey (from 4 June 1839)
          wife: Edith Southey (from 14 November 1795)
          son: Charles Cuthbert Southey
          son: Herbert Southey
          daughter: Bertha Hill
          daughter: Isabel Southey
          daughter: Kate Southey
          daughter: Edith May Warter
Languages
          English
          German
Education
          School at Corston
          School at Bristol
          Westminster: April 1788 to 1792
          Balliol College, Oxford: 3 November 1792
          Gray's Inn: 7 February 1797
Religions
          Anglican
          Unitarian
          Deist
Politics
          Tory
          Republican: 1793
Honours
          Poet-laureate-ship: 1813
          D.C.L., Oxford: 14 June 1820
Literary period: Romantic
Occupation: Historian
Residences
          Bath
          Bristol: 12 August 1774
          Westbury: June 1798
          Burton, Hampshire: 1799
          Portugal: April 1800
          Greta Hall, Keswick: 1803 to 21 March 1843
Cause of death: Fever
Buried at: Crosthwaite churchyard
First RPO edition: 1998