Robert Southey

Standard Name: Southey, Robert
Robert Southey was a Romantic poet, one of the Lake Poets with Wordsworth and Coleridge . In addition to epics, ballads, and other verse, he penned several plays and contributed regularly to the ToryQuarterly Review. His prose works, for which he was celebrated during his lifetime, were primarily historical, ecclesiastical,and biographical, in addition to travel writing. He also produced translations (from French and Spanish), editions, and anthologies. He enjoyed an excellent reputation in his day, and for his last thirty years of life served as Poet Laureate.


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Anthologization Amelia Opie
Four poems by AO were included in the first number of the reformist Annual Anthology, edited by Robert Southey It was here that she first published under her married name.
Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
Opie, Amelia. “Introduction”. Adeline Mowbray, edited by Shelley King and John B. Pierce, Oxford University Press, 1999, p. i - xxix.
Opie, Amelia. “Introduction”. The Collected Poems of Amelia Alderson Opie, edited by Shelley King and John B. Pierce, Oxford University Press, 2009, p. xxxvii - lxx.
Birth Mary Maria Colling
MMC , poet, was born at Tavistock in Devon, one of a large lower-class family.
Anna Eliza Bray told Robert Southey that MMC was born on this day in 1805; but the church record...
Dedications Anna Eliza Bray
In a letter dated February 1831, Southey suggested that she should create a good specimen of local history.
Mudge, Bradford Keyes, editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 116. Gale Research, 1992.
116: 52
The resulting ninety-four letters, dedicated and addressed to Southey , were written between February 1832...
Dedications Margaret Holford
The original is by Dom Manuel José Quintana . Holford's dedication to Robert Southey (dated from Sharow Lodge in Ripon on 12 May)
Baillie, Joanna. The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie. Slagle, Judith BaileyEditor , Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.
2: 537
praises him for championing the faith of his forefathers and...
Dedications Anna Eliza Bray
AEB published her sixth novel, Warleigh; or, The Fatal Oak, A Legend of Devon, a historical romance in three volumes with a dedication to Robert Southey .
Kirk, John Foster, and S. Austin Allibone, editors. A Supplement to Allibone’s Critical Dictionary of English Literature and British and American Authors. J. B. Lippincott, 1891.
The Athenaeum Index of Reviews and Reviewers: 1830-1870.
Todd, Janet, editor. Dictionary of British Women Writers. Routledge, 1989.
Bray, Anna Eliza. Autobiography of Anna Eliza Bray. Kempe, John A.Editor , Chapman and Hall, 1884.
Bray, Anna Eliza. The Novels and Romances of Anna Eliza Bray. Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846.
6: prelims
Dedications Catherine Sinclair
CS published, this time in Edinburgh through William Whyte and Company , a book of much the same genre as her travel writings, Scotch Courtiers and the Court: dedicated to the poet laureate.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
786 (19 November 1842): 984-5
Education Jean Ingelow
In later years she expanded her reading to include Shakespeare , Southey , Scott , Wordsworth , and Tennyson . She also read Henry Drummond 's Natural Law in the Spiritual World and hisTropical Africa and Charles Lamb 's Letters.
Some Recollections of Jean Ingelow and Her Early Friends. Kennikat Press, 1972.
British Library Catalogue.
Peters, Maureen. Jean Ingelow: Victorian Poetess. Boydell, 1972.
Education George Eliot
Her devotion to John Bunyan 's Pilgrim's Progress remained unchanged during this period. She also read heavyweight works of theology, Hannah More 's letters, and a life of William Wilberforce . By late 1838, however...
Education Mary Matilda Betham
More important than his teaching were her own efforts in a congenial atmosphere. The family would read aloud from poems and plays, providing their own appreciation and criticism. In her diary she wrote: In our...
Education Mary Sewell
At the age of fifteen she ceased regular study, and began reading on her own. She spent much of the time at Friends ' meetings going over passages from Byron , Southey , Moore ...
Family and Intimate relationships Caroline Bowles
CB had her first meeting, in London, with Robert Southey , the Poet Laureate.
Blain, Virginia. Caroline Bowles Southey, 1786-1854. Ashgate, 1998.
Family and Intimate relationships Caroline Bowles
CB married poet Robert Southey at Boldre Church near Lymington in the New Forest.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Hall, Samuel Carter. A Book of Memories of Great Men and Women of the Age, from Personal Acquaintance. Virtue, 1871.
Family and Intimate relationships Mary Robinson
MR 's daughter grew up to be a writer, and to publish two books under her own name as well as revising and editing work by MR . Hers are the gothic, epistolary Minerva novel...
Family and Intimate relationships Sara Coleridge
SC 's mother, born Sarah Fricker , had several sisters, two of whom also married prominent poets. One married Robert Lovell , and another, Edith Fricker , married Robert Southey , who became a major...
Family and Intimate relationships Sara Coleridge
Robert Southey , SC 's uncle by marriage, contributed significantly to her upbringing and education.
Commire, Anne, and Deborah Klezmer, editors. Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Yorkin Publications, 2002.


One of the best-known poems of John Skelton , The Bowge of Courte, probably dates from this season. It was printed by Wynkyn de Worde the following year.
By 18 September 1794
By this date Coleridge claimed to have written one of the two sonnets attributed to him this year about the scheme for establishing Pantisocracy (a utopian community) in America.
By June 1796
Samuel Taylor Coleridge compiled a booklet titled Sonnets from Various Authors: four each by himself, Southey , Charles Lamb , and Charles Lloyd , two by Charlotte Smith , and one each by seven more writers including Anna Seward .
Thomas Robert Malthus anonymously published in LondonAn Essay on the Principle of Population, which later attached his name to the birth control movement.
June 1816
Lady Isabella King opened at Bailbrook House near Bath a communal home for single gentlewomen (or Protestant nunnery): a project going back to Mary Astell , which King picked up from Sarah Scott 's Millenium Hall.
May 1819, May 1820
These months were scheduled for the removal of thousands of subsistence farmers and their families from the Highland estates of Lord and Lady Stafford (later the Duke and Duchess of Sutherland ) in the Sutherland...
October 1822
Byron published The Vision of Judgment (written around the previous summer) in The Liberal, a journal which he and Leigh Hunt briefly published at Pisa.
January 1823
Charles Lamb published the first volume of his Essays of Elia, which had been appearing regularly since August 1820 in the London Magazine.
May 1837
Thomas Noon Talfourd , MP for Reading, author, and friend of the literati, began his campaign to extend the length of copyright.