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Continued difficulties of Hastings. The Mahrattas. Hyder Ali. Critical situation of the English power. Hastings calls upon Cheyt Singh to contribute to the support of the Empire, of which he is a vassal. Cheyt temporises. Heavy penalties inflicted by Hastings. The visit to Benares. Hastings in imminent danger. He reduces Benares to obedience.

4. The Begums of Oudh. Who were the Begums? The property they had wrongfully alienated from Oudh. Oudh's indebtedness to the Company. The Nabob invokes assistance of Hastings to recover his property. The Princesses are compelled to disgorge.

0. The Impeachment. Hastings remains in office till 1785. Returns home. Sir Philip Francis. Views of Burke. Indian questions before the House. Fox's India Bill. Pitt's India Bill. Hastings impeached. After seven years of investigation he is acquitted on all the charges.

Character of Hastings, and nature of his work in India.

Administration of Lord Cornwallis and the Marquis Wellesley. Defeat and death of Tippoo Sahib, son of Hyder Ali, 1799. *Treaty of Bassein, 1802.

University Extension Lectures


of a

Course of Six Lectures


Literature of the Revolutionary

Epoch, 1750-1850


E. L. S. Horsburgh, B.A.
Staff Lecturer in History and Literature for the Oxford and American

Societies for the Extension of University Teaching

No. 229

Price, 10 cents

Copyright, 1903, by
The American Society for the Extension of University Teaching

III South Fifteenth Street, Philadelphia, Pa.



Wordsworth, by MYERS. 'English Men of Letters.'
Life of Wordsworth. By the late BISHOP OF LINCOLN.
Selections from writings of DE QUINCEY (and from COLERIDGE).
A complete edition of Wordsworth's Works.


Coleridge. 'English Men of Letters.' TRAILL. And the works mentioned in prefatory note in that volume.


With a complete bibliography in the

Keats. By SIDNEY COLVIN. prefatory note.


Life and Correspondence of R. Southey.
Southey. By Professor DoWDEN.
COTTLE's Recollections of Southey, Wordsworth, and Coleridge.




Birth and boyhood in the Lake District. Hawkshead and St. John's, Cambridge. Early views on man and nature in relation to outbreak of the French Revolution. Wordsworth's travels in France; effects upon him of the advancing Revolution. Return to England and intimacy with Coleridge. His early poems: Descriptive Sketches and Evening Walk. Genesis of the Lyrical Ballads. Views as to the art of poetry which they were intended to illustrate.

Co-operation of Coleridge with The Ancient Mariner. Examination of Wordsworth's contributions. Contrasts which they present. Wordsworth's theory of simplicity; how far he fulfils its conditions; how far it is ridiculous. Lines on Tintern Abbey.

Residence in Germany, 1798. Productions of this period: The Prelude; its relation to The Excursion. Return to England, and settlement in the Lake District.

Lake life and Lake poems. Peculiar and subtle influences of the English Lake country. The morality of ascetic and æsthetic retirement. Character of the emotions and views of life produced by Wordsworth's environment. His domestic life; his sister and his wife. "The shooting lights of thy wild eyes.' 'She was a phantom of delight.' Who was the phantom? Wordsworth's Guide to the Lake District. Poems on the Naming of Places. The English Lakes interpreted through the medium of Wordsworth.

Wordsworth and Napoleon. Sonnets to Liberty. Wordsworth as a patriot. Trafalgar, 1805. The Happy Warrior. Chronological and sequential list of Wordsworth's major poems. His own system of classification. Transitory moods and doctrines, but one essential principle of philosophy and metaphysics throughout. Incidents of his later life. The Laureateship offered, declined, and accepted. Death of Wordsworth, St. George's Day, 1850.




Wordsworth as the Poet of Nature. The return to Nature. Meaning of the expression. The Romantic revival. Its two characteristics, i.e. Nature and Romance. Wordsworth only affected by one side of it. Cf. and contrast Keats and Tennyson. Nature and Religion. Affinity between Wordsworth and the Greek mind. The higher Pantheism. Wordsworth as a religious teacher. The Excursion. Its general plan. Deficiency in movement and action: the epic of a human soul. Is it legitimate material for an epic poem? Strength and weakness of The Excursion. Nature and Humanity. Wordsworth as the poet of 'Experiences.' Inequalities and incongruities inseparable from egoistic impulses. Wordsworth as metaphysician. The Intimations of Immortality. Splendour of conception and diction. Wordsworth’s views on poetic diction.

The classical poems. Laodamia. Influence of Virgil and the classics. The sonnets. Revival of the Sonnet by the poets of this epoch. Qualities which a sonnet demands. Comparison between Milton, Wordsworth and Keats. The Sonnets on the Duddon and To Liberty. The Ecclesiastical Sketches.

The White Doe of Rylstone. Its story; its execution. Its place in Wordsworth's work.

Wordsworth's lyrics.

General estimate of Wordsworth's influence upon English thought and literature, and of his qualities as poet and thinker.

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