Edward Dowden: A Critical Edition of the Complete Poetry

BookEdward Dowden: A Critical Edition of the Complete Poetry

Edward Dowden: A Critical Edition of the Complete Poetry

Clemson University Press: Ireland in the Arts & Humanities

2015

July 2nd, 2015

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With the addition of "Miscellaneous Poems of Later Dates" in 1914, Mrs. Dowden preserved the order of her husband's early work but imposed a partly chronological arrangement on that and future editions of Dowden's verse. She was ambitious to revive Dowden's reputation as a poet. And Dent actually advertised a two-volume Poetical Works of Edward Dowden, counting its remake of the "old volume of Edward Dowden's Poems of 1876" as one, with the "additions" just mentioned, and counting A Woman's Reliquary as the other. The present edition is therefore quasi-chronological: being strictly chronological in a tripartite divisional arrangement (i.e., "from Poems," "Miscellaneous Poems of Later Dates," and "A Woman's Reliquary"), followed by a short section entitled "Uncollected Verses," while maintaining sequences the poet designed. The division of "Uncollected Verses" is chronological according to the dates of publication, and this section is small because Mrs. Dowden had laid her hands on almost all of the already published poetry, save for that of a more ephemeral nature--for example, that published in Trinity College Dublin anthologies such as Kottabos I and II and, conjecturally, in The Irish Monthly to accompany a review of his work.

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Wayne K. Chapman is Professor in Modern British, Anglo-Irish, & American Literature at Clemson University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Frontispiece (E.D. at age 43)3
Contents6
Introduction13
Portrait (E.D. from Poems, 1876)19
Part 1—from Poems20
The Wanderer21
The Fountain21
In the Galleries23
I. The Apollo Belvedere23
II. The Venus of Melos24
III. Antinous Crowned as Bacchus25
IV. Leonardo’s “Monna Lisa”26
V. St. Luke Painting the Virgin27
On the Heights28
“La Rélévation par le Désert”30
The Morning Star34
A Child’s Noonday Sleep36
In The Garden37
I. The Garden37
II. Visions37
III. An Interior38
IV. The Singer39
V. A Summer Moon40
VI. A Peach41
VII. Early Autumn41
VIII. Later Autumn42
The Heroines43
Helena43
Atalanta45
Europa50
Andromeda52
Eurydice56
By the Sea61
I. The Assumption61
II. The Artist’s Waiting61
III. Counsellors62
IV. Evening62
V. Joy63
VI. Ocean63
VII. News for London64
Among the Rocks64
To A Year66
A Song of the New Day66
Swallows67
Memorials of Travel68
I. Coaching68
II. In a Mountain Pass68
III. The Castle69
IV. Άισθητική φαντασία69
V. On the Sea-Cliff70
VI. Ascetic Nature70
VII. Relics71
VIII. On the Pier of Boulogne71
IX. Dover72
An Autumn Song72
Burdens73
Song74
By the Window75
Sunsets76
Oasis77
Foreign Speech78
In The Twilight78
The Inner Life79
I. A Disciple79
II. Theists79
III. Seeking God80
IV. Darwinism in Morals80
V. Awakening81
VI. Fishers82
VII. Communion82
VIII. A Sonnet for the Times83
IX. Emmausward83
X. A Farewell84
XI. Deliverance84
XII. Paradise Lost85
The Resting Place85
New Hymns for Solitude86
I86
II86
III87
IV88
V88
VI89
In the Cathedral Close90
First Love92
The Secret of the Universe: An Ode94
Beau Rivage Hotel95
In a June Night96
I96
II96
III96
IV97
V97
VI97
VII97
VIII98
IX98
From April to October99
I. Beauty99
II. Two Infinities99
III. The Dawn100
IV. The Skylark100
V. The Mill-Race101
VI. In the Wood101
VII. The Pause of Evening102
VIII. In July102
IX. In September103
X. In the Window103
XI. An Autumn Morning104
Sea Voices104
Aboard the “Sea-Swallow”105
Sea-sighing106
In The Mountains106
“The Top of a Hill Called Clear”108
The Initiation109
Renunciants110
Speakers to God111
Poesia112
Musicians113
Miscellaneous Sonnets114
A Day of Defection114
Song and Silence115
Love-Tokens115
A Dream116
Michelangelesque116
Life’s Gain117
Compensation117
To a Child Dead as Soon as Born118
Brother Death118
The Mage119
Wise Passiveness119
The Singer’s Plea120
The Trespasser120
Ritualism121
Prometheus Unbound121
King Mob122
The Modern Elijah122
David and Michal123
Windle-Straws124
I124
II124
III125
IV125
V126
VI126
VII126
VIII127
Part 2—From Miscellaneous Poems of Later Dates128
At the Oar129
The Divining Rod129
Salome129
Watershed130
The Guest131
Moriturus131
Alone131
Fame131
Where wert Thou?132
A Wish132
The Gift133
Recovery134
If it Might Be134
Winter Noontide134
The Pool135
The Desire to Give135
A Beech-Tree in Winter135
Judgment136
Dürer’s “Melencholia”136
Millet’s “The Sower”137
At Mullion (Cornwall)137
The Winnower to the Winds138
Emerson138
Sent to an American Shakespeare Society139
Nocturne139
The Whirligig140
Paradise Lost and Found141
After Metastasio144
The Corn-Crake145
I145
II145
III146
IV146
V147
In the Cathedral148
Edgar Allan Poe149
Deus Absconditus149
Subliminal150
Louisa Shore150
Flowers from the South of France151
To Hester152
Unuttered153
Imitated from J. Soulary’s “Le Fossoyeur”154
Imitated from Goethe’s “Ganymede”154
With a copy of my “Poems”155
Prologue to Maurice Gerothwohl’s Version of Vigny’s“Chatterton”156
A Song157
The Drops of Nectar. 1789158
Amor as Landscape-Painter158
The Wanderer160
“Alexis and Dora”166
Part 3—A Woman's Reliquary171
Editor's Note171
The Rosary173
Song a Shadow173
Silence and Speech174
A Garden Inclosed174
The Well174
Afar175
Premonitions175
Bud and Blossom175
The Haven176
Manna176
Love’s Nudity176
Miracles177
Love’s Law177
Love’s Artistry177
Credo Quia Impossibile178
Harvest178
A Moment178
Grief in Joy179
Giving and Taking179
The Interpreter179
December180
“I Will”180
Love’s Sacrament180
Ave Atque Vale181
The Resting Place181
Impersonal181
Babblement182
Gratitude182
Embayed182
The Bowman183
Gift on Gift183
The Chapel183
Exchanges184
Surprises184
Charity and Knowledge184
The Potter’s Wheel185
The Holy of Holies185
Gold Hair186
The Pitcher186
Turf186
Fons Signatus187
The Plummet187
Community187
Indulgences188
Love Tokens188
Britomart189
Love’s Chord189
Hours and Moments189
Old Letters190
The Triumph of Love190
The Book of Hours191
The Couch191
Sea-Anemones191
Burnet Roses192
Spring in Autumn192
The Pilgrim192
Sunrise193
The Lost Dian193
Secrets193
Clouds194
Song and Sunset194
Nature’s Need194
Waking195
The Village Well195
Blossoms196
A Farewell196
New Horizons197
Past and Present197
Poverty and Plenty198
Wise Foolishness198
Childhood199
The Rival199
Sixteen Years200
Truths and Truth200
Madonna200
Justice201
Liberality201
The Wave201
Speech a Cloud202
The Source202
The Violin203
Sea-Mews’ Cries203
The North Wind203
The Rapids204
The Challenge204
Knowledge and Truth204
Exchange of Sex205
The Stone-Breaker205
The New Circle206
Discipline207
Eventide207
Transition207
Gloaming208
In the Storm208
Bethesda208
Winnings209
Love and Death209
The Blessed Ones209
Intimate Sorrow210
Lachrymatories210
Love’s Lord210
[Epilogue]211
Uncollected Verses212
Poems Written in Discipleship213
I.213
II.213
III. (Later Manner)214
In the Lecture Room214
A Reverie215
End Matter216
Index of Titles216
Index of First Lines222
Appendices228
A. The Dowden Library Sale of 1914228
B. Books Selected from Additional Auctions229