The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe

The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe

Edited by Harriet Kramer Linkin
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 384
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    The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe
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    Mary Blachford Tighe was born in Dublin in 1772 and became a poet by the age of seventeen. Her enormously popular 1805 epic poem "Psyche; or, The Legend of Love" made her a fixture of English literary history for much of the nineteenth century. For much of the twentieth century, however, Tighe was better known for her influence on Keats's poetry than the considerable merits of her own work.The Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tigherestores Tighe to the general canon of English literature of the period. With over eighty-five poems, including the complete Psyche, and extracts from several journals, both by and about Tighe, Harriet Kramer Linkin's annotated edition is the most complete collection of Mary Tighe's work to be published in one volume.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-5902-7
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Editorial Note on the Text
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. xv-xxxiv)
    Mary Blachford Tighe

    Mary Blachford Tighe was acclaimed throughout the nineteenth century first and foremost for the intellectual accomplishment and artistry ofPsyche; or, the Legend of Love, a six-canto allegorical romance of 3,348 lines in Spenserian stanzas that retold the myth of Cupid and Psyche with a subtle feminist slant. Known as the first British woman to compose an epic based on Psyche’s experiences, Tighe transformed one of the few myths in Western culture to feature a female as hero, and, with daring and imagination, conflated the story of Psyche’s transgressive gazing with the work of visionary women poets. Using portions of...

  6. A Brief Chronology
    (pp. xxxv-xxxvi)
  7. Poetry

    • Poems, 1789–1801

      • August 1789
        (pp. 5-6)
      • Good Friday, 1790
        (pp. 6-6)
      • To Her Mother. Rossana, 1791
        (pp. 7-7)
      • From Metastasio, 1791
        (pp. 7-8)
      • Sonnet, March 1791 (“As the frail bark, long tossed by stormy winds”)
        (pp. 8-8)
      • Verses Written in Solitude, April 1792
        (pp. 9-10)
      • March 1793
        (pp. 10-10)
      • Sonnet (“As one who late hath lost a friend adored”)
        (pp. 11-11)
      • To Death
        (pp. 11-11)
      • Written at Scarborough
        (pp. 12-12)
      • Sonnet (“When glowing Phoebus quits the weeping earth”)
        (pp. 12-12)
      • Written in Autumn
        (pp. 13-13)
      • The Vartree
        (pp. 13-15)
      • Sonnet (“Poor, fond deluded heart! wilt thou again”)
        (pp. 15-15)
      • Written in the Church-yard at Malvern
        (pp. 16-16)
      • Verses Written at the Devils Bridge, Cardigansh
        (pp. 16-18)
      • Bryan Byrne, of Glenmalure
        (pp. 18-26)
      • Avails it Ought to Number O’er
        (pp. 26-26)
      • Time Fades the Lustre of the Moon
        (pp. 26-26)
      • To the Moon
        (pp. 27-28)
      • Sympathy
        (pp. 28-28)
      • Calm Delight
        (pp. 28-28)
      • Song (“See my love, yon angry deep”)
        (pp. 29-29)
      • To ————c————e (“The youth of broken fortunes sent to roam”)
        (pp. 30-30)
      • The Hours of Peace
        (pp. 31-32)
      • La Cittadina: On Leaving Rossana 1798
        (pp. 32-37)
      • A Letter from Mrs. Acton to Her Nephew Mr. Evans
        (pp. 37-39)
      • Acrostics
        (pp. 39-40)
      • There Was a Young Lordling Whose Wits Were All Toss’d Up
        (pp. 41-42)
      • Sonnet (“For me would Fancy now her chaplet twine”)
        (pp. 43-43)
      • To Time
        (pp. 43-43)
      • Written at Rossana (“Dear chestnut bower, I hail thy secret shade”)
        (pp. 44-44)
      • Written at Rossana. November 18, 1799
        (pp. 44-44)
      • Written at the Eagle’s Nest, Killarney. July 26, 1800
        (pp. 45-45)
      • Written at Killarney. July 29, 1800
        (pp. 45-45)
      • On Leaving Killarney. August 5, 1800
        (pp. 46-46)
      • Sonnet (“Ye dear associates of my gayer hours”)
        (pp. 46-46)
      • A Faithful Friend Is the Medicine of Life
        (pp. 47-48)
      • The Kiss.—Imitated from Voiture
        (pp. 48-49)
      • Sonnet (“As nearer I approach that fatal day”)
        (pp. 49-50)
    • Psyche, 1801–1802

      • Psyche; or, the Legend of Love
        (pp. 53-152)

        The author, who dismisses to the public the darling object of his solitary cares, must be prepared to consider, with some degree of indifference, the various reception it may then meet. But from those, who write only for the more interested eye of friendship, no such indifference can be expected. I may therefore be forgiven the egotism which makes me anxious to recommend to my readers the tale with which I present them, while I endeavour to excuse in it all other defects but that, which I fear cannot be excused, the deficiency of genius.

        In making choice of the...

    • Poems, 1802–1809

      • Lord of Hearts Benignly Callous
        (pp. 155-156)
      • Tis Thy Command, and Edwin Shall Obey
        (pp. 156-157)
      • When the Bitter Source of Sorrow
        (pp. 157-158)
      • The Picture. Written for Angela
        (pp. 158-158)
      • Fled Are the Summer Hours of Joy and Love
        (pp. 159-160)
      • Sonnet (“’Tis past the cruel anguish of suspence”)
        (pp. 161-161)
      • Oh Seal My Sad and Weary Eyes
        (pp. 161-163)
      • Peace, Peace, Nor Utter What I Must Not Hear
        (pp. 163-165)
      • But to Have Hung Enamoured on Those Lips
        (pp. 165-165)
      • Pleasure
        (pp. 165-167)
      • Sonnet (“Can I look back, and view with tranquil eye”)
        (pp. 167-167)
      • 1802 (“Thy Summer’s day was long, but couldst thou think”)
        (pp. 168-168)
      • Tranquillity, 1802
        (pp. 168-169)
      • To ———— (“How hard, with anguish unrevealed”)
        (pp. 170-170)
      • Verses Written at the Commencement of Spring
        (pp. 170-172)
      • Pleasure, 1803
        (pp. 173-173)
      • The World, 1803
        (pp. 173-173)
      • Tho Genius and Fancy Hereafter May Trace
        (pp. 173-174)
      • The Old Maid’s Prayer to Diana
        (pp. 174-175)
      • On a Night-blowing Cereus
        (pp. 175-177)
      • To Cowper & his Mary
        (pp. 177-178)
      • The Eclipse. Jan. 24, 1804
        (pp. 178-179)
      • Written for Her Niece S.K.
        (pp. 179-179)
      • To Fortune. From Metastasio
        (pp. 180-180)
      • To the Memory of Margaret Tighe: Taken from Us June 7th, 1804.—Ætat 85
        (pp. 180-181)
      • Verses Addressed to Henry Vaughan
        (pp. 181-182)
      • Verses Written in Sickness. December, 1804
        (pp. 183-184)
      • Psalm CXXX. Imitated, Jan. 1805
        (pp. 185-186)
      • Addressed to My Brother. 1805
        (pp. 186-186)
      • Address to the West Wind, Written at Pargate, 1805
        (pp. 186-187)
      • Imitation from Boïeldieu
        (pp. 188-189)
      • Address to My Harp
        (pp. 189-190)
      • Morning
        (pp. 190-191)
      • To W. Hayley, Esq. In Return for a Copy of Cowper’s Life, with a Sonnet—1806
        (pp. 192-192)
      • The Shawl’s Petition, to Lady Asgill
        (pp. 193-194)
      • Hagar in the Desert
        (pp. 194-196)
      • Imitated from Jeremiah.—Chap. XXXI. v. 15
        (pp. 196-197)
      • Psyche’s Answer
        (pp. 197-197)
      • To Lady Charlemont, in Return for Her Presents of Flowers. March, 1808
        (pp. 197-199)
      • Written at West-Aston. June, 1808
        (pp. 199-200)
      • To W.P. Esq. Avondale
        (pp. 201-201)
      • Written in a Copy of Psyche Which Had Been in the Library of C.J. Fox. April, 1809
        (pp. 201-201)
      • The Lily. May, 1809
        (pp. 202-203)
      • Sonnet Written at Woodstock, in the County of Kilkenny, the Seat of William Tighe. June 30, 1809
        (pp. 203-203)
      • On Receiving a Branch of Mezereon Which Flowered at Woodstock. December, 1809
        (pp. 204-206)
  8. Journals

    • Extracts from a Journal Of M.B., born 1772
      (pp. 211-224)
      Mary Tighe

      14 & 4 months old

      When I look back & consider my past life (short as it has been) I see in it such an astonishing medley it causes me at times not to know what to think. Some part of my life I have been immersed in sin, & if I may say in the very jaws of the wicked one at others rejoicing in the belief that I was in the favour of God & certainly whether I was in that deceived or not it was the happiest part of my life[.] At other periods I have been in a state which...

    • Observations on the Foregoing Journal by Her Mother, Mrs. Blachford
      (pp. 227-244)
      Theodosia Blachford

      How often have I thought when gazing at my poor child’s dejected countenance, faded beauty, blasted hopes & vain pursuits, how the thoughts that oppressed my heart if well expressed would “Point a moral & adorn a tale”²—

      I am very inadequate to the expression of them nor have I any female child, nor grandchild, to whom I can hope that they may be useful yet, after inspecting all her journals & papers I feel a desire to leave some account of God’s judgments on myself, thro’ her, & of that Mercy which endureth for ever—

      She was born on the 9th of October...

    • Mary Tighe
      (pp. 247-268)
      Caroline Hamilton

      I have often wished to give some account of the Author of Psyche, but year has passed after year while I have still shrunk from the difficulty of telling only what could interest an impartial reader. However, as no person will probably preserve any memorial of her if I do not, I shall not delay any longer to relate whatever I can now remember worth preserving. Her father Mr Blachford, was a clergyman of the established church. He was a man of unblameable character, but not, I understand remarkable for talents for literature.² He married at the age of forty,...

  9. Appendix: Tributes to Mary Tighe
    (pp. 269-280)
  10. Notes
    (pp. 281-328)
  11. Bibliography
    (pp. 329-340)
  12. Index of Titles and First Lines
    (pp. 341-346)