Warton Lectures on English Poetry

In 1910 Mrs Frida Mond established ‘the nucleus of a fund which may hereafter be enlarged, to be devoted to the furtherance of research and criticism, historical, philological, and philosophical, in the various branches of English Literature’. One fruit of the fund was the foundation of this lecture series – named after Thomas Warton, ‘the first historian of English poetry’. The lecture was first delivered in 1910.

List of Warton Lectures delivered since 1960.

2019 The piston and the pen: poetry and the Victorian industrial worker by Kirstie Blair (text | audio)

2017  The determination of love, by Andrea Brady (text | audio)

2015 Natural mysticism: Reggae and Caribbean poetics, by Kwame Dawes (video)

2013 Poetry and Rivers, by Hugh Haughton (video)

2011 Many-Coloured Glass, Aerial Images, and the Work of the Lens: Romantic Poetry and Optical Culture, by Isobel Armstrong (text | audio)

2010 ‘The Reason of this Preference’: Sleeping, Flowing and Freezing in Pope’s Dunciad, by Valerie Rumbold (text | audio)

2009 T. S. Eliot’s Daughter, by Robert Crawford (text | audio)

2008 Wordsworth and the Druids, by Matthew Campbell (text)

2007 ‘We keep the bread and wine for show’ - Consistent Irony and Reluctant Faith in the Poetry of Dannie Abse, by Tony Curtis (text)

2006 ‘Now Shall I Make My Soul’: Approaching Death in Yeats’s Life and Work, by R F Foster (text | audio)

2005 The Child in Poetry: Foundlings, Lostlings, Changelings, by Margaret Reynolds (text)

2004 Dulness and Pope, by David Womersley (text)

2003 Voicing medieval English poetry, by Christopher Page (event information)

2002 Elegies of Form in Bishop, Plath, Stevenson, by Angela Leighton (text)

2001 Poetry against Empire: Milton to Shelley, by Karen O’Brien (text)

2000 Wallace Stevens: Hypotheses and Contradictions, by Helen Vendler (text)

1999 Two Political Poems: Marvell’s ‘Horatian Ode’ and Yeats’ ‘No Second Troy’, by A D Nuttall (text)

1998 Isaac Rosenberg, 1890–1918, by Geoffrey Hill (text)

1997 The Poetry of the Caroline Court, by Thomas N Corns (text)

1996 Coleridge’s New Poetry, by J C C Mays (text)

1995 Edward Thomas, Robert Frost and the Uses of Negation, by Gerald Hammond (text)

1994 Pope and Slavery, by Howard Erskine-Hill (text)

1992 Manderley Revisited: Rebecca and the English Country House, by Malcolm Kelsall (text)

1991 Recording Angels and Answering Machines, by Peter Porter (text)

1990 Basil Bunting and his Masters, by Donald Davie (text)

1989 Keats’s ‘Robin Hood’, John Hamilton Reynolds, and the ‘Old Poets’, by John Barnard (text)

1988 English Poetry and Emphatical Language, by J H Prynne (text)

1988 Poetry Unbound? Observations on Free Verse, by Derek Attridge (text)

1986 Wordsworth’s ‘Grand Design’, by Alan G Hill (text)

1985 Sacred Earth: Metaphysical Poetry and the Advance of Science, by A J Smith (text)

1984 The Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins: ‘Catching the Demi-Urge in the Act’, by Graham Storey (text)

1983 Johnson’s Poetry, by J D Fleeman (text)

1982 George Crabbe, by Arthur Pollard (text)

1981 Three Poetical Prayer-Makers of the Island of Britain, by Gwyn Jones (text)

1980 Robert Herrick, by Alastair Fowler (text)

1979 ‘Where are they?’: The After-life of a Figure of Speech, by J S Cunningham (text)

1978 The Place of James Thomson, by D W Jefferson

1977 Provenance and Problematics of ‘Sublime and Alarming Images’ in Poetry, by Edwin Morgan (text)

1976 Waste Land, Holy Land, by Kathleen Raine (text)

1975 Marvell: A Great Master of Words, by Elsie Duncan-Jones (text)

1974 Burns and the Peasantry, 1785, by James Kinsley (text)

1973 The Poetry of William Collins, by Arthur Johnston (text)

1972 The Figure in a Landscape: Wordsworth’s Early Poetry, by Roger Sharrock (text)

1971 Browning’s Lyricism, by Rachel Trickett (text)

1970 The Poetry of Lord Byron, by John Buxton (text)

1969 The Poetic Powers of Repetition, by Kathleen Lea (text)

1968 Alexander Scott and Scottish Court Poetry of the Middle Sixteenth Century, by John Macqueen (text)

1967 Robert Browning, by Ian Jack (text)

1966 ‘The Common Privileges of Poetry’, by Winifred Nowottny (text)

1965 W. B. Yeats and the Poetry of War, by T R Henn (text)

1964 The Study of Form and the Renewal of Poetry, by F T Prince (text)

1963 The Interpenetration of Man and Nature, by Kathleen Coburn (text)

1962 Spenser and the Allegorists, by J F Kermode (text)

1961 Some Themes and Variations in the Poetry of Andrew Marvell, by J B Leishman (text)

1960 Great Poetry, by John Sparrow (text)

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1910 Thomas Warton, by W.P. Ker (text)

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