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French hash? Southey's editing of the Annual Anthology

Jarvis, Robin



Robert Southey’s Annual Anthology, which aimed to present a selection of current poetry and drew largely on his own friends and acquaintances, ran for just two volumes between 1799 and 1800. Although critics have shed light on individual poems and relationships among key contributors, there has been little attempt to consider the anthology project in the round. This essay provides an overview of the production and contents of the two volumes before examining in detail Southey’s role as editor. His apparently random ‘mixed arrangement’ perturbed contemporary reviewers, but I argue that Southey took the job of editor seriously and thought carefully about which poems to place side by side. The essay proposes and illustrates four types of contiguity to explain the different effects he achieved by juxtaposing particular poems. What one of his closest friends described as a ‘hash’ is revealed as a much cleverer, altogether more artful editorial construct.


Jarvis, R. (2020). French hash? Southey's editing of the Annual Anthology. Romanticism, 26(1), 75-88.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Sep 29, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 1, 2020
Publication Date Apr 1, 2020
Deposit Date Mar 31, 2020
Journal Romanticism
Print ISSN 1354-991X
Electronic ISSN 1750-0192
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Pages 75-88
Keywords Literature and Literary Theory
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