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To Melancholy

To Melancholy


by Charlotte Smith

To Melancholy Resources


Poetry Foundation

This is a great resource for poetry in general. Check out a brief bio and links to Smith's work here, too.

Encyclopedia Britannica on Thomas Otway

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.

More on Otway

This site has more background info on Charlotte Smith's favorite seventeenth-century poet and playwright.

The River Arun

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!

UC Davis British Women Romantic Writer Project

This is a collection of texts and information put together by scholars and professors at UC Davis.

Prof. Craciun's Collection

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.


Professor Jacqueline Labbe Talks About Charlotte Smith.

This video is part 1 of a 3-part series.

Prof. Labbe Finishes Talking about Charlotte Smith.

You guessed it—this is Part 3 of 3.

Charlotte Smith Public Service Announcement

Some Romantic Literature students put together a joke PSA asking for you to support Charlotte Smith.


"To Melancholy," Read Out Loud

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.


Portrait of Charlotte Smith

This lady had awesome taste in hats.

Portrait of Thomas Otway

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.

Map of River Arun

In case you ever want to visit…

Misty River Arun

Here's a pic of the river in the mist… can you imagine the ghost of Thomas Otway coming out of it?

Article by Javier Huerta

This is a smart and very readable article by Javier Huerta about a "ghostly" footnote to one of Charlotte Smith's sonnets.

"Charlotte Smith and British Romanticism"

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.


Elegiac Sonnets

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!

Later Edition of the Elegiac Sonnets

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.

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