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Chatterton Lectures on Poetry

The Chatterton Lecture is given by an early career scholar, on the life and works of a deceased poet who had written in the English language. The lecture series was established through a bequest from E H W Meyerstein, and named after the poet Thomas Chatterton. It was first delivered in 1955.

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2016  Elizabeth Melville and the poetics of desire in early modern Britain, by Kylie Murray

2014  'Curse, bless, me now': Dylan Thomas and Saunders Lewis, by Tudur Hallam

2012  Edward Lear’s lines of flight, Matthew Bevis

2011  Pope’s Ethical Thinking: Passion and Irony in Dialogue, by Christopher Tilmouth

2010  'Where the Night Still Hangs Like a Half-Folded Bat': The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence, by Santanu Das

2009  Donne, By Hand, by Tom Lockwood

2008  Auden Unparadized, by Seamus Perry

2007  'But I, that knew what harbred in that hed': Sir Thomas Wyatt and his Posthumous 'Interpreters', by Cathy Shrank

2006  A. E. Housman's Rejected Addresses, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

2005  Byron, Conversation and Discord, by Jane Stabler

2004  Robert Graves and The White Goddess, by Fran Brearton

2003  Michael Drayton's Brilliant Career, by Andrew Hadfield

2002  Robert Burns and British Poetry, by Murray G H Pittock

2001  'I see men as trees suffering': The Vision of Keith Douglas, by Tim Kendall

2000  Waiting for God: John Milton's Poems of 1671, by Margaret Kean

1999  ‘Trafficking with Merchants for His Soul’: Dante Gabriel Rossetti Among the Aesthetes, by Josephine M Guy

1998  ‘Courtesie is fatal’: The Civil and Visionary Poetics of Andrew Marvell, by Nigel Smith

1997  Life and Work in Shakespeare’s Poems, by Colin Burrow

1996  Yeats and Remorse, by Peter McDonald

1995  ‘Servant, but not Slave’: Ben Jonson at the Jacobean Court, by Martin Butler

1994  ‘The glow-worm’s 96 per cent efficiency’: Hugh MacDiarmid’s Poetry of Knowledge, by Robert Crawford

1992  Dryden’s Past, by Eric Griffiths

1991  Edmund Spenser, Poet of Exile, by Richard A McCabe

1990  Edmund Spenser: Art and The Faerie Queene, by Michael Leslie

1989  Protestant Magic: W. B. Yeats and the Spell of Irish History, by R F Foster

1988  Thomas Carew, by John Kerrigan

1987  Whitman: The Civil War Poems, by D R Karlin

1986  From Medieval to Renaissance? Chaucer’s Position on Past Gentility, by A J Minnis

1985  Richard Lovelace and the Uses of Obscurity, by Gerald Hammond

1984  Elizabeth Bishop, by Andrew Motion

1983  The Bravery of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, by Elizabeth Cook

1982  Yeats’s Late Plays: ‘A High Grave Dignity and Strangeness’, by Richard Allen Cave

1981  The Fabric of Dryden’s Verse, by Richard Luckett

1980  Philip Sidney’s Toys, by Katherine Duncan-Jones

1979  Poetry and the Computer: Some Quantitative Aspects of the Style of Sylvia Plath, by C S Butler

1978  Kipling’s Magic Art, by Jacqueline S Bratton

1977  T. S. Eliot: Language, Sincerity and the Self, by John Casey

1976  Carving Trifles: William King’s Imitation of Horace, by John Fuller

1975  The Poetry of the Early Waverley Novels, by Claire Lamont

1974  The Fire i’ the Flint: Reflections on the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, by Seamus Heaney

1973  The Poetry of Thomas Gray: Versions of the Self, by Roger Lonsdale

1972  Donne: A London Poet, by Barbara Everett

1971  The Performance of Christopher Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, by Nigel Alexander

1970  Wilfred Owen, by Jon Stallworthy

1969  William Wordsworth 1770–1969, by Jonathan Wordsworth

1968  Pope and Dulness, by Emrys Jones

1967  John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, by Anne Righter

1966  Tennyson’s Methods of Composition, by Christopher Ricks

1965  Some Aspects of Kipling’s Verse, by Andrew Rutherford

1964  Milton, Lost and Regained, by John Beer

1963  W. B. Yeats: Poet and Crank, by Laurence Lerner

1962  Keats and Reality, by John Bayley

1961  The Poetry of Sir Walter Scott, by Donald Davie

1960  Oliver St. John Gogarty, by A Norman Jeffares