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Representative Poetry Online

Representative Poetry Online, version 3.0, includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today. It is based on Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University College, University of Toronto, in 1912 (one of the first books published by the University of Toronto Press), and used in the English Department at the University until the late 1960s.


University of Toronto English Library

UTEL (the University of Toronto English Library) is the main undergraduate and graduate site for students and faculty of the Department of English. It was created in 1996 with funds from a grant to Prof. Ian Lancashire from the Provost's Information Technology Courseware Development Fund and with support from the Department of English, chaired by Prof. T. H. Adamowski. The prototype UTEL site was set up on the University of Toronto Library Web server in 1993-94 to make available the Department of English teaching anthology Representative Poetry On-line.


Digital Beowulf

This online Guide is the complete 'Help' facility for the Electronic Beowulf, a set of 2 CD-ROMs published by British Library Publications and the University of Michigan Press. Electronic Beowulf: A Guide The Electronic Beowulf is an image-based edition of Beowulf, the great Old English poem surviving in the British Library in a composite codex known as Cotton Vitellius A. xv.


The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes

"Considered the most important work of literary history and criticism ever published, the Cambridge History contains over 303 chapters and 11,000 pages, with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing. The set encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole."


The Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project

The Sarah Orne Jewett Text Project is an attempt to make all of Jewett's published writings available on the World Wide Web in reliable, annotated editions. —Terry Heller, Coe College Department of English


The English Server

The EServer (founded in 1990 at Carnegie Mellon as the English Server), attempts to provide an alternative niche for quality work, particularly writings in the arts and humanities. Now based at Iowa State University, we offer fifty collections on such diverse topics as art, architecture, race, Internet studies, sexuality, drama, design, multimedia, and current social issues. In addition to short and longer written works, we publish hypertext and streaming audio and video recordings. Our collections grow as increased membership has new works to publish with us, and as we teach new members how to publish works to the Web and to the more than two million readers who visit our site per month. According to Alexa, this makes us the most popular arts and humanities website in the world.


The Rowley Poems by Thomas Chatterton

“Most people know the legend of Thomas Chatterton -- brilliant poet who failed to make a living, starved himself to send expensive presents to his family, and died by his own hand at seventeen -- much better than his poems. Like all legends, it is partial and exaggerated, but was a powerful influence on the Romantic movement and long after. The painting "The Death of Chatterton" by Henry Wallis epitomises this reputation. His fame rests, apart from this almost unbearably romantic life story, on his "Rowley Poems". These he wrote in a sham Middle English dialect, and passed off as the work of Thomas Rowley, a priest of Bristol in the fifteenth century, and some of his friends. The imposture was quickly detected (though some continued to believe in him for many years), but they were published in a collected edition after his death and were popular and much admired by the Romantic poets, especially Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats, who dedicated "Endymion" to the memory of Thomas Chatterton.”


Renascence Editions

An Online Repository of Works Printed in English Between the Years 1477 and 1799.
“Renascence Editions is an effort to make available online works printed in English between the years 1477 (when Caxton began printing) and 1799. These texts have been produced with care and attention, but are not represented by the publisher as scholarly editions in the peer-reviewed sense. They are made available to the public for nonprofit purposes only. The publisher and general editor is Richard Bear at the University of Oregon. If you would like to edit a text in this series, send email to the Publisher.”


Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature

Anthology of English Literature: Middle English Literature (1350-1485) | Sixteenth Century Renaissance English Literature (1485-1603) | Early 17th Century English Literature (1603-1660) | English Literature: Restoration and 18th Century (1660-1785)“
In this Work when it shall be found that much is omitted, let it not be forgotten that much likewise is performed.”
—Samuel Johnson


The Will (1633)

    Before I sigh my last gaspe, let me breath, 
    Great Love, some Legacies; Here I bequeath 
    Mine eyes to Argus, if mine eyes can see, 
    If they be blinde, then Love, I give them thee;
    My tongue to Fame; to’Embassadours mine eares;
      To women, or the sea, my teares.
    Thou, Love, hast taught mee heretofore
  By making mee serve her who’had twenty more,
That I should give to none, but such, as had too much before. 
  
    My constancie I to the planets give;
    My truth to them, who at the Court doe live;
    Mine ingenuity and opennesse,
    To Jesuites; to Buffones my pensivenesse;
    My silence to’any, who abroad hath beene;
      My money to a Capuchin.
    Thou Love taught’st me, by appointing mee
  To love there, where no love receiv’d can be,
Onely to give to such as have an incapacitie.

    My faith I give to Roman Catholiques;
    All my good works unto the Schismaticks
    Of Amsterdam: my best civility
    And Courtship, to an Universitie;
    My modesty I give to souldiers bare;
      My patience let gamesters share.
    Thou Love taughtst mee, by making mee
  Love her that holds my love disparity,
Onely to give to those that count my gifts indignity.

    I give my reputation to those
    Which were my friends; Mine Industry to foes;
    To Schoolemen I bequeath my doubtfulnesse;
    My sicknesse to Physitians, or excesse;
    To Nature all that I in Ryme have writ; 
      And to my company my wit.
    Thou Love, by making mee adore
  Her, who begot this love in mee before,
Taughtst me to make, as though I gave, when I do but restore.

    To him for whom the passing bell next tolls,
    I give my physick bookes; my writen rowles
    Of Morall counsels, I to Bedlam give;
    My brazen medals, unto them which live
    In want of bread; To them which passe among
      All forrainers, mine English tongue.
    Thou, Love, by making mee love one
  Who thinkes her friendship a fit portion
For yonger lovers, dost my gifts thus disproportion.

    Therefore I’ll give no more; but I’ll undoe
    The world by dying; because love dies too.
    Then all your beauties will bee no more worth
    Than gold in Mines, where none doth draw it forth;
    And all your graces no more use shall have
      Than a Sun dyall in a grave.
    Thou Love taughtst mee, by making mee
  Love her, who doth neglect both mee and thee,
To’invent, and practise this one way, to’annihilate all three.
John Donne [1572–1631]