by Charlotte Smith
To Melancholy Resources
This is a great resource for poetry in general. Check out a brief bio and links to Smith's work here, too.
Here's the Encyclopedia Britannica's entry on the playwright Thomas Otway. He was from the same part of England as Charlotte Smith, which she thought was pretty awesome.
This site has more background info on Charlotte Smith's favorite seventeenth-century poet and playwright.
This website has more information than you will probably ever need on the River Arun. It includes pictures, info on the area's history, etc. Check it out!
This is a collection of texts and information put together by scholars and professors at UC Davis.
This is another collection of texts and info on British Women Romantic writers. Adriana Craciun is a Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.
This video is part 1 of a 3-part series.
Part 2 of 3!
You guessed it—this is Part 3 of 3.
Some Romantic Literature students put together a joke PSA asking for you to support Charlotte Smith.
This is a YouTube video, but don't let that fool you—it's an audio recording of "To Melancholy" with a few images accompanying it.
Check out another reading of the poem.
This lady had awesome taste in hats.
We don't have a pic of what Otway would look like as a ghost, so you'll just have to use your imagination for that.
In case you ever want to visit…
Here's a pic of the river in the mist… can you imagine the ghost of Thomas Otway coming out of it?
This is a smart and very readable article by Javier Huerta about a "ghostly" footnote to one of Charlotte Smith's sonnets.
Here's a link to an article about Smith's place in British Romanticism by Prof. Stuart Curran. The link is through the JSTOR database, so you'll need to access it through your library.
Google Books has an electronic copy of one of the earliest editions of the Elegiac Sonnets. It's really cool to see how different the typeface and font looked in printed books in the late 1700s. Even some of the spellings were a little different—check it out!
The library at UC Davis has a digitized version of an 1827 edition of the Elegiac Sonnets, complete with the prefaces that Smith added with each new version. The prefaces are a cool read just on their own. That's where Smith thanks her readers, and where she gets all defensive for having published poetry at all, when most women were expected to stay home and raise their kids all day.