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tenth of November, 1793, the Goddess of Reason was enthroned in Notre Dame

Cathedral. 418. 66. From bleak Helvetia's icy caverns.

The ode was occasioned by the French invasion of Switzerland in 1798.




419. Coleridge writes, in his preface to the

poem: In consequence of a slight indis-
position, an anodyne had been prescribed,
from the effects of which he Coleridge]
fell asleep in his chair at the moment that
he was reading the following sentence,
or words of the same substance, in Pur-
chas's Pilgrimage: 'Here the Khan Kubla
commanded a palace to be built, and a
stately garden thereunto. And thus
ten miles of fertile ground were inclosed
with a wall. The author continued for
about three hours in a profound sleep,
at least of the external senses, during
which time he has the most vivid confi-
dence that he could not have composed
less than from two to three hundred lines;
if that indeed can be called composition
in which all the images rose up before
him as things, with a parallel production
of the correspondent expressions, without
any sensation or consciousness of effort.
On awaking he appeared to himself to
have a distinct recollection of the whole,
and instantly and eagerly wrote down the
lines that are here preserved. At this
moment he was unfortunately called out
by a person on business . .. and de-
tained by him above an hour, and on his
return to his room found that ...
all the rest had passed away.”
Professor William A. Neilson, in his
recent Essentials of Poetry, writes: “In
... Coleridge's Kubla Khan we have
no wrestling with spiritual questions, no
lofty solution of the problem of conduct
found through brooding on the beauties of
nature. Instead, a thousand impressions
received from the senses, from records of
Oriental travel, from numberless roman-
tic tales, have been taken in by the author,
dissolved as in a crucible by the fierce
heat of his imagination, and are poured
forth a molten stream of sensuous im-
agery, incalculable in its variety of sug-
gestion, yet homogeneous, unified, and,
despite its fragmentary character, the
ultimate expression of a whole romantic
world” (p. 43).

and the dream” have gone;

“ whither is fled the visionary gleam? 413. 5. The child brings with him into this

world recollections of Heaven; the older we become the farther we journey from the celestial vision of childhood, till at length

" the Man perceives it die away, And fade into the light of common day.” 6. The Earth, man's foster-mother, does all she can to make the child

Forget the glories he hath known, And that imperial palace whence he came.” 7. The child in his play imitates all the businesses of life. 8. Why should he do this, and hurry himself into the yoke of manhood? 9. Let us give thanks for the “ shadowy recollections which persist from childhood into maturity to uphold and cherish us. 10. Even though the celestial radiance has now departed from the world, I can still be joyful, finding strength in human sympathy, and “In the faith that looks through death, In years that bring the philosophic mind.” 11. And Nature still is beautiful, for the love I feel for her is strengthened and enriched by years of experience with the world, and by sympathetic association with men.



416. Napoleon entered Venice on the 16th of

May, 1797, and proclaimed the end of the republic.


416. 9. Dear Child! dear Girl!

sister Dorothy.

The poet's

TO TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE 417. Wordsworth celebrates in this sonnet the

achievement and character of the African liberator of San Domingo, who, after leading a successful rebellion against the French, and ridding the island of slavery, was captured in 1801 and taken a prisoner to Paris.



The ode is perhaps the most notable ex-
pression, within the compass of a single
poem, of the effect which the French
Revolution had on the English republi-
cans, and of the reasons for their subse-
quent defection from the cause.
30. The Monarchs marched, etc. War
was declared by France against Austria,
April 20, 1792; against England, Holland,

and Spain, February 1, 1793. 418. 43. Blasphemy's loud scream. On the

THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER In Wordsworth's note on his own poem, We Are Seven, the following passage explains the origin of the Ancient Mariner: ** In the spring of the year 1798 (Coleridge), my sister, and myself, started to visit Linton. In the course of this walk was planned the poem of the

worth's marriage-in the Morning Post. Although Wordsworth's name did not appear in this version, it was in fact addressed to him. Later, after an estrangement between the two poets, Coleridge revised and enlarged the ode. The first form is printed in the Globe edition of

Coleridge's works, p. 522.. 433. 25. O Lady! In the earlier version, here

and throughout the poem, O Edmund!
under which pseudonym Coleridge ad-
dressed Wordsworth.
40. What can these avail.

What can these beauties of nature avail? 436. 120. As Otway's self. Originally

Edmund's self."
138. Friend devoutest of my choice. The
poem originally closed with these lines:

O simple spirit, guided from above,
O lofty Poet, full of life and love,
Brother and friend of my devoutest choice,
Thus may'st thou ever, evermore rejoice!"

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WORK WITHOUT HOPE 436. The poem was composed in February,

1827, long after Coleridge's best work
had been done.
7. Amaranths. Legendary flowers sym-
bolic of immortality.

Ancient Mariner, founded on a dream, as Mr. Coleridge said, of his friend, Mr. Cruikshank. Much the greatest part of the story was Mr. Coleridge's invention; but certain parts I myself suggested:for example, some crime was to be committed which should bring upon the old Navigator, as Coleridge afterwards delighted to call him, the spectral persecution, as a consequence of that crime, and his own wanderings. I had been reading in Shelvocke's Voyages a day or two before that while doubling Cape Horn they frequently saw albatrosses.

Suppose,' said I, 'you represent him as having killed one of these birds on entering the South Sea, and that the tutelary Spirits of those regions take upon them to avenge the crime!' The incident was thought fit for the purpose, and adopted accordingly. I also suggested the navigation of the ship by the dead men, but do not recollect that I had anything more to do with the scheme of the poem.

We began the composition together on that, to me, memorable evening. I furnished two or three lines at the beginning of the poem, in particular:. And listened like a three years' child; The Mariner had his will.'”

The poem was first printed in the 1798 edition of the Lyrical Ballads. Many archaisms, intended to make it resemble the popular ballads, and a few stanzas, were afterwards removed. The marginal gloss was added when the poem appeared in the Sybilline Leaves, 1817.

FROST AT MIDNIGHT 430. The poem was written in February, 1798,

while Coleridge was living in his cottage at Nether-Stowey.

7. My cradled infant. His son Hartley. 431. 25. At school. Coleridge entered Christ's

Hospital when he was ten years old, and
remained there till he went up to Cam-
bridge University in 1791. Cf. Lamb's
Christ's Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago,
P. 512.
27. That fluttering stranger. “ A flake
or film of soot hanging on the bar of a
grate, supposed to foretell the advent of a
stranger.” (English Dialect Dictionary.)
38. The stern preceptor. Boyer, the
famous flogging master” of Christ's
43. Sister more beloved. Between Cole-
ridge and his sister Ann, who died in 1791,
there was a strong attachment.
55. Thou, my babe! shalt wander, etc.
The prophecy in these lines was fulfilled
when in 1800 Coleridge moved to Greta
Hall, Keswick, in the lake district.

DEJECTION: AN ODE 433. The poem was first printed on the fourth

BIOGRAPHIA LITERARIA 37. The Lyrical Ballads. The title given to the 1798 volume to which both Wordsworth and Coleridge contributed. It contained, among other poems, Tintern

Abbey, and The Ancient Mariner. 437. 85. A preface. See the selections from

this Preface, pp. 389 ff. 439. 297. Præcipitandus, etc. The free spirit

must be urged forward.
354. Laxis effertur habenis. He is car-
ried with loose reins.
371. Sir John Davies. Lawyer and poet
(1569-1626), best known for his poems
Orchestra, Or a Poeme of Dancing, and
Nosce Teipsum, on the immortality of
the soul; the quotation is from the latter.


BOAT SONG 442. 10. Roderigh Vich Alpine dhu. “ Black

Roderick, the descendant of Alpine."
12. Beltane. May-day.


CORONACH 443. “ The Coronach of the Highlanders was

of October, 1802,--the day of Words

a wild expression of lamentation, poured
forth by the mourners over the body of a
departed friend. When the words of it
were articulate, they expressed the praises
of the deceased, and the loss the clan
would sustain by his death.” (Scott.)
17. Correi. The side of a hill.
18. Cumber. Difficulty.


443. This is a sort of epilogue to The Lady of

the Lake.

JOCK OF HAZELDEAN 444. The first stanza is traditional; see F. J. Child's English and Scottish

Popular Ballads, v. 159, for the older John of Hazelgreen on which Scott modelled his song.


From Rokeby.


446. From Quentin Durward.


From The Doom of Devor goil. 1. Claver'se. John Graham of Claverhouse (1649?-1689), an ardent and successful partisan of Charles II, won the title “ bloody Claver'se” by his persecution of the Scottish Dissenters during the last years of Charles's reign. In 1688 he was created first Viscount Dundee by James II. After James's flight, Claverhouse maintained a royal army in Scotland, and won the battle of Killiecrankie in July, 1689, but died of a wound the night of the victory. The incident referred to in the poem took place March 18, 1688, when Claverhouse rode out of Edinburgh at the head of some fifty dragoons, having bolted the Convention that was to determine Scotland's attitude towards James II. 13. The Bow. Bow Street, Edinburgh. 14. Ilk carline was flyting and shaking her pow. Every old woman was scolding and wagging her head. 15. The young plants of grace they looked couthie and slee. The young men looked kindly and sly. 17. The Grassmarket. An open square in the center of the city, formerly used for public executions. See The Heart of Midlothian, Chapter ii. 21. Cowls of Kilmarnock. The Presbyterian Whigs, who were all anti-Stuart. 22. Lang hafted gullies. Long handled knives. 23. Close-head. The entrance to a blind alley. (Engl. Dialect Dictionary.)

rock. Edinburgh Castle stands on a high rock above the city. 27. Mons Meg and her marrows. Mons

446. 35. Duniewassals. Highland gentlemen

of somewhat inferior rank.



3. The turtle. The turtle dove.
8. Gul. The rose.


MY BOAT IS ON THE SHORE 448. Tom Moore and Byron were for many

years intimate friends.



François de Bonnivard (1493–1570), a patriotic citizen of Geneva, undertook to defend the city against the Duke of Savoy. In this he was unsuccessful, and after various adventures, was imprisoned in the castle of Chillon from 1530 to 1536. The castle stands on the shore of the Lake

of Geneva. 449. 107. Lake Leman. The Lake of Geneva.

was a famous cannon of unusual size. 30. Montrose. James Graham (16121650), fifth Earl and first Marquis of Montrose, was Charles I's most successful lieutenant during the Civil War. He was captured and executed by the Earl of Argyle in 1650.

CHILDE HAROLD'S PILGRIMAGE: CANTO III 452. 182. Belgium's capital. Brussels. See

Thackeray's description of Brussels dur-
ing Waterloo, in Vanity Fair.
200. Brunswick's fated chieftain. The
Duke of Brunswick. His father had been

killed at Jena, in 1806.
463. 226. “Cameron's Gathering." The pi-

broch, or martial rallying song, played on the bagpipe. The clan Cameron had been

out under Prince Charles Stuart in 1745, but was enthusiastically loyal in 1815. 227. Albyn's. Scotland's. 235. Ardennes.

Byron notes: “The wood of Soignies is supposed to be a remnant of the ‘forest of Ardennes,' famous in Boiardo's Orlando, and immortal in Shakespeare's As You Like

11." 466. 848. Cytherea's zone. Venus's girdle,

which inspired the beholder with love for the wearer.

456. 1. The Bridge of Sighs. The famous

bridge leading from the Doge's Palace to
the prison.
8. The winged Lion. The winged lion of
St. Mark, the emblem of the Venetian
10. Cybele. Daughter of Uranus, and
mother of Zeus; sometimes known as
Rhea, and represented as wearing a tiara
of towers.
19. Tasso. Torquato Tasso (1544-1595),
Italian poet, author of Jerusalem Delivered.

25. Castle


466. 703. The Niobe of nations. Niobe, all of

whose children were slain by Apollo and Diana because of her pride, stands as a

symbol of grief and suffering. 467. 732. When Brutus, etc. The reference

is to the murder of Julius Cæsar by
Brutus and the other conspirators. See
North's translation of Plutarch, p. 91,
this volume.
734. Tully. Marcus Tullius Cicero.
1252. I see before me the gladiator lie.
Byron seems to have had in mind the
statue of the “ Dying Gaul,” now known
to have no connection with gladiatorial

combats. 469. 1648. I have loved thee, Ocean. Byron

was a swimmer of extraordinary ability.

DON JUAN: DEDICATION 460. 1. Bob Southey! You're a Poet. The

satiric dedication to Robert Southey was
only one shot in the war between the two
men. See the Introduction to Byron's
Vision of Judgment.
3. You turned out a Tory. Southey, like
Coleridge, was an enthusiastic republican
in his young manhood; later he became
strongly conservative.
5. My Epic Renegade. Byron probably
has in mind Southey's early work, Wat
Tyler, which was strongly republican,
and was published contrary to Southey's
wishes after he had given up his re-
13. Coleridge ... explaining meta-
physics to the nation. During the latter
part of his life Coleridge all but aban-
doned poetry in favor of philosophy.
The Biographia Literaria was published
in 1817.
25. Wordsworth, in a rather long “Ex-
cursion." Wordsworth's philosophical
poem, The Excursion, was published in
132. Buff and blue. Here used, as often,
as symbolic of republicanism.

461. 730. Thermopylæ. The most famous

battle at the pass of Thermopylæ was
the contest in 480 B. C. between Leonidas
and three hundred Spartans, and the
Persian army of Xerxes.
743. Pyrrhic dance. A martial dance.
744. Pyrrhic phalanx. Pyrrhus (318?-
272 B. C.), King of Epirus, achieved
several military successes through his use
of the closely massed phalanx.
747. You have the letters Cadmus gave.
Cadmus, one of the world's “culture
heroes,” was supposed to have given the
alphabet to men.
751. Anacreon's song : .. Polycrates.
Anacreon, Greek eulogist of love and
wine, lived at the court of Polycrates,
Tyrant of Samos.
755. Tyrant of the Chersonese. Mil-
tiades, who, as leader of the Greeks at
Marathon, was “ freedom's best and
bravest friend."
762. Suli's rock and Parga's shore. The
first a mountain district, the second a
seaport, in Albania. Both were famous
for their warlike inhabitants.
764. Doric. Spartan.
766. Heracleidan. Of Hercules.
779. Sunium's marbled steep. A ruined
temple at Sunium, or Cape Colonna,
served as a landmark for vessels approach-

ing the southern extremity of Attica. 462. 813. Troy owes to Homer what whist

owes to Hoyle. Edmund Hoyle (1672–
1769), whose Short Treatise on W'hist
was published in 1742, was long the un-
questioned authority on the game.
815. The great Marlborough. : Life
by Archdeacon Coxe. William Coxe
(1747–1828), archdeacon of Wiltshire,
published his Memoirs of John, Duke of
Marlborough in the years 1818 and 1819.
Marlborough is, of course, Queen Anne's
great general.
819. An independent being. Probably a
pun; during the latter part of his life
Milton was a member of the religious
sect known as “ Independents.”
821. His life falling into Johnson's way,
Dr. Johnson's life of Milton, in his Lives
of the Poets, is unsympathetic.
826. Lord Bacon's bribes.

These are
facts; the stories concerning Cæsar,
Shakespeare, etc., may be apocryphal.
828. Burns (whom Doctor Currie well
describes). Dr. James Currie (1756-
1805) published an edition of Burns's
works, with a memoir, in 1800.
833. Southey . Pantisocracy. Southey
and Coleridge were the two leaders in
an attempt, which came to naught, to
found an ideal commonwealth on the
banks of the Susquehanna River.
835. Wordsworth unexcised, unhired. In
the year 1812 Wordsworth was appointed
Distributor of Stamps for the county of
Westmoreland. The office was worth
£400 per year.

CANTO III 690. Sappho. The only woman among the world's great poets. She lived approximately 600 B. C. 692. Delos.

A Greek island, the birthplace of Phæbus Apollo. 695. The Scian and the Teian muse. Homer and Anacreon, so called from their birthplaces, real or supposed, Scio and Teos, respectively. 701. Marathon. The battle of Marathon, fought in 490 B. C. between the Persians and the Greeks, resulted in an overwhelming victory for the latter. It took place on the plains of Marathon, overlooking the sea. 708. Salamis. In 480 B. C. the Greek fleet under Themistocles defeated the Persian fleet. The battle was fought in the strait between the island of Salamis and the mainland of Attica.

hand of the sculptor and the heart of the king.


473. 21. Mænad. A priestess of Bacchus.

32. Baiæ's bay. Baiæ, near Naples,
was a famous watering place during the
Roman empire.
43. If I were, etc. The first stanza of the
poem has to do chiefly with the effect of
the West Wind on the leaves; the second,
with its effect on the clouds; and the third,
with its effect on the waves. In the first
three lines of this stanza these three ideas
are woven together.


474. 11. Champak. An Indian tree, somewhat

like a magnolia.


476. 81. Cenotaph. A monument built in

honor of a person who is buried in some other place.


479. 1. This is the day, etc. Demogorgon's

speech gives Shelley's idea of the reconstructed universe for which he was always longing.

ADONAIS Shelley's elegy, reminiscent of Milton's Lycidas, was written in memory of John Keats, who died at Rome, February 22, 1821. 12. Urania. The heavenly Muse, prop

erly the patroness of Astronomy: 480. 30. The Sire of an immortal strain. John

55. That high Capital. Keats, was buried

in the Protestant cemetery at Rome. 481. 133. She pined away;

Narcissus disdained the love of the nymph Echo;

Echo died of grief. 482. 140. To Phæbus was not Hyacinth so

dear. The youth Hyacinth, greatly be-
loved by Apollo, was turned into the
flower that bears his name.
141. Nor to himself Narcissus. Narcissus
fell in love with his own reflection in a
pool, and was turned into a flower.
151, 2. The curse of Cain Light on his
head. On the head of the critic who,
according to the belief of the times,

killed Keats with his brutal reviews. 483. 238. The unpastured dragon. The world. 244 ff. The herded wolves, ravens,

vultures. Critics “ to the conqueror's banner true," i. e., subservient to the political party in power. Keats's friendship with Leigh Hunt, a very advanced Liberal, brought many attacks


462. 838. The Morning Post. Coleridge first

became a regular contributor to the Post
in December, 1799.
839. He and Southey . espoused two
partners. Coleridge and Southey married
Sarah and Edith Fricker, of Bristol.
842. Botany Bay. An English penal
settlement was established in 1787 at
Botany Bay, New South Wales.
847. The Excursion. See note on the
dedication to Don Juan, line 25, above.
864. Ariosto. An Italian poet (1474-
1533), author of the Orlando Furioso.

871. The épopée. The epic.poem.
463. 876. His dear Waggoners." Words-

worth's poem The Waggoner, written in
1805, was published in 1819. The poem
is minutely descriptive of the lake country
that Wordsworth knew so well.
877. He wishes for "a boat.” See the
Prelude to Wordsworth's Peter Bell.
883. Charles's Wain. Charles's Wagon;
the constellation usually known as the
Great Bear.
945. O Hesperus! thou bringest all good
things. The stanza is an adaptation of
one of the Sapphic fragments.
961. When Nero perished.
mitted suicide in 68 A. D., to save himself
from execution following the Senate's
proclamation of Galba as emperor.
975. We Cantabs. Students or graduates
of Cambridge University.
984. Aristotle. Aristotle's Poetics is one
of the world's most famous discussions
of the principles of poetry.


This canto, of which the greater part is here reprinted, recounts the culmination of the romance between Juan, hero of the epic, and Haidée, daughter of a wealthy pirate and slavedealer on the shores of whose island the sea had cast Juan, sole survivor of a shipwreck. Haidée finds him, loves him, and nurses him back to health. The episode of Haidée and Juan

occupies cantos ii, iii, and iv. 464. 43. Pulci was sire. Luigi Pulci (1432

1487), Italian poet, author of a burlesque

epic entitled Il Morgante Maggiore.
469. 456. The Simoom. A hot wind from the

484-6. Venus ... Laocoön . Glad-
iator. It is impossible to decide what
statue of Venus Byron had in mind. The
Laocoon group is a well-known piece of
Roman statuary; the so-called * Dying
Gladiator,” equally famous, is not a rep-
resentation of a gladiator, but of a dying



472. 8. The hand that mocked them and the

heart that fed. The passions survive the

upon him.

250. The Pythian of the age one arrow

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