Finally! The section is now complete and I hope all my ideas can help you out. However, this is the first collection I have not taught so my analysis has not been sharpened by classroom discussion and student input and thus I have probably missed a fair bit. Please comment away and add your ideas to the pile to help other readers out as you go through.
At the bottom of this page you’ll find a downloadable Word document containing all the poems. Expect the first few poems to be analysed in the next three weeks.
A bit of a mixture from across the volume, so I’ve organised it by which part it came through, which should automatically helps us with some thematic linking!
Part 2 – Birds, Beasts and the Weather
36. Ode on Melancholy (John Keats)
Part 4 – Love, Wisdom, and Age
93. The Forsaken Wife (Elizabeth Thomas)
98. I Find No Peace (Thomas Wyatt)
101. Amoretti, Sonnet 86 (Edmund Spenser)
102. Rooms (Charlotte Mew)
108. Verse written on her Death-bed (Mary Monck)
117. Now Let No Charitable Hope (Elinor Wylie)
118. from ‘The Vanity of Human Wishes’ (Samuel Johnson)
119. from ‘An Essay on Criticism’ (Alexander Pope)
Part 5 – War, Sleep, and Death
126. Song (Alun Lewis)
130. Soldier, Rest! (Walter Scott)
135. I Dream of You, to Wake (Christina Rossetti)
139. Care-charmer Sleep (Samuel Daniel)
140. To Sleep (Sir Philip Sidney)
141. from Paradise Lost ‘Evening in Paradise’ (John Milton)
142. To the Evening Star (William Blake)
143. This is My Play’s Last Scene (John Donne)
145. Death (William Bell Scott)
146. Last Lines (Emily Brontë)
150. Requiem (Robert Louis Stevenson)
(Updated) Songs of Ourselves Volume 2 AS Selection – a lovely Word document with all the poems ready for printing and annotation. Big thanks to Maria Correa who helpfully updated my document with the missing poem, the incorrect poem and sorted out some of the formatting.