Guide to English Romantic Poetry

This guide is intended to help users research the lives, works, and critical reception of English Romantic poets and poetry. It is by no means an exhaustive bibliography of possible resources; it does include suggestions for where to look for further information and tips on developing searches.

Unless otherwise noted, books are available in the Main Library’s Research Collections. Databases are available through the Library’s Find Information pages to IUB students, staff, and faculty, and other web resources are freely available.

Where to Start Looking: Bibliographies and Guides

These titles will include citations, and often annotations, for various editions of original works from the Romantic Movement, as well as biographies, and criticism. Use them to verify authors and to locate critical, biographical, and theoretical overviews and further reading.

Aubrey, Bryan. English Romantic Poetry: An Annotated Bibliography. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 1991.

Call number: Z2014.P7 A9 1991

This book is arranged by author name; it covers 6 major and 8 minor authors of the period. Short entries for each name include biographies and lists of criticism (up to 1990) under each of the author’s major works.

Jackson, J. R. de J. (James Robert de Jager). Romantic Poetry by Women: A Bibliography, 1770-1835. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993.

Call number: Z2013.5.W6 J33 1993

This book is arranged alphabetically by author: it lists all of the published works of several women poets of this period. There is no criticism offered, but there are short biographies of the women under their names. There are also several indices in back which are arranged by author name, work titles, publishers, and publisher locations.

O'Neil, Michael, ed. Literature of the Romantic Period: A Bibliographical Guide. Electronic resource: find through IUCAT

Also arranged by major authors of the period, this book describes different modern editions of each of the authors’ works, and lists biographies and criticism (arranged by critical school). The book has both historical and contemporary criticism listed, dating to 1998.

Poetry and Poets: Online Searchable Databases


Contains full-text works of many authors over a wide range of periods. This is a large database, and would be most helpful for researchers with a specific search in mind. Searchable by genre, author, keywords within the full-text of the works, and by subject.

The Samuel Coleridge Archive

This online archive maintained by the University of Virginia has several of Coleridge’s works in full-text, from poetry to his critical analysis, as well as other resources about Coleridge himself and the Romantic period. The 18th century dictionary provided may help students reading editions of his poetry without footnotes.

Scottish Women Poets of the Romantic Period

This database contains the works of 47 poets, mainly from Scotland, who wrote from 1770-1835. Researchers can search the works by author, work, or format, among several other options. The database will also search for specific words within the poems.

Voice of the Shuttle

This website has several full-text romantic works scanned and resource pages about writers of the time. Some of the links do not work, but this remains a valuable site.

The William Blake Archive 

This online archive has both the full-text of many of Blake’s works and the artwork that he created to go with them. Texts can be searched by keywords or phrases, and images can be searched by a list of figures provided. Biographical resources about Blake are also provided.

Criticism and Theory

MLA International Bibliography

This database offers lists of critical analyses of different authors, works, and time periods. Searches can be limited to sources available in full-text.


This is a full-text database of different articles. It can be searched by a subject heading, keyword, or within the text of the articles themselves. The database does not cover the most recent articles written, however, only beginning at about five years old.

Project Muse

This database covers articles from major journals from about 1995 to the present. Like JSTOR, it can be searched by a subject heading, keyword, or within the text of the articles themselves.

Guide developed by Laura Burt

last updated: 5/14/2010