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William Collins


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William Collins Collins : 'Odes' [Appears to be a volume of Odes by various authors]

'Read some of the Odes of Collins think them superior to Grays [...] I cannot describe the pleasure I feel in reading them [...] I find in the same Vol Odes by a poet of the name of Oglivie [...] they appear to me to be bold intruders to claim company with Gray and Collins'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: John Clare      Print: Book


William Collins : An Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands of Scotland

"[in 29.10.1828 letter to Alexander Dyce] ... W[ordsworth] recalls that 'in 1788 the Ode was first printed from Dr Carlyle's copy, with Mr Mackenzie's supplemental lines - and was extensively circulated through the English newspapers, in which I remember to have read it with great pleasure upon its first appearance.'"

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: William Wordsworth      Print: Newspaper


William Collins : Poetical Works


Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Taylor Coleridge      Print: Book


William Collins : Ode occasion'd by the death of Mr Thomson

Letter to Miss Ewing, May 1777, ' ? this other princely seat of the Athol family forms, at this moment, opposite my window ?But now the fairy vallies fade/Dun night has veil?d the solemn view;/Yet once again, dear parted maid/Meek Nature?s child, again adieu.' Letter to Miss Ewing May 1777

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]      Print: Book


William Collins : Address to simplicity

Letter to Mrs Smith August 7 1784 'You and he too have this in common, that you both appear to most advantage on paper, where your diffidence does not stand in your way. He admires my application of Collin?s Address to Simplicity to you and says you really are, ?By nature taught/To breathe her genuine thought/ In language warmly lure and sweetly strong"'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Anne Grant [nee MacVicar]      Print: Book


William Collins :  Ode to Evening

Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, c 26 December 1793: 'I take Milton to have introduced this kind of alcaics into the English language in his translation of Quis multa gracilis te puer in rosa &c. it is since used most elegantly by Collins Mrs Barbauld — in the gent. of Devon & Cornwalls poems — & by my favourite Dr Sayers — so here I have strong authority.'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Southey      Print: Book


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