The Pleasures Sought by Others You Despise: Vice and Virtue in Eighteenth-Century English Poetry


Nicky Didicher (ed)


This twenty-eight-poem anthology is the product of a third-year university course in English literature of the long eighteenth century at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, Canada, located on the traditional and unceded lands of Coast Salish peoples of the Səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

ISBN: 978-1-77287-096-1


  • Cover
  • Frontmatter
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
    Nicky Didicher
  • Vice
  • William Cowper, “The Love of the World Reproved; Or, Hypocrisy Detected”
    Celina Bismel
  • John Ellis, “The Cheat’s Apology”
    Mason Rowan
  • Anne Finch, “The Prevalence of Custom”
    Emeralde O’Donnell
  • Anne Finch, “Reformation”
    Sonya Johal
  • John Hoadly, “The Indolent”
    Nathan Fu
  • Soame Jenyns, “The Modern Fine Lady”
    Paris Jonchier-Litwack
  • Mary Leapor, “Dorinda at her Glass"
    Ryann Farnworth
  • James Merrick “The Bears and Bees, a Fable”
    Kerr Pili
  • William Shenstone, “Ode to Indolence”
    Sharon Liu
  • Richard Shepherd, “Ode on Envy”
    Judy Tran
  • Christopher Smart, “Against Ill-Nature”
    Jamethiel Tentchoff
  • William Whitehead, “The Youth and the Philosopher”
    Cullen Hughes
  • Virtue
  • Constantine Barber, “To the Right Honourable the Lady Elizabeth Boyle, Daughter to the Right Honourable John Earl of Orrery, on her Birth-Day, May 7, 1733”
    Marianne Lozano
  • Mary Barber, “A Letter to a Friend, on Occasion of some Libels Written against Him”
    Kyla Dowling
  • Mary Barber, “To the Rt. Hon. Charlotte Lady Conway, on her Resolving to Leave Bath”
    Vincent Wong
  • Elizabeth Carter, “Ode to Wisdom”
    Kevin McDonough
  • William Cowper, “The Doves”
    Katie Babak
  • William Melmoth, “Epistle to Sappho”
    Melvin Torio
  • James Merrick, “The Trials of Virtue”
    Michael Labbé
  • Henry Taylor, “Paradise Regain’d”
    Signe Simonsen
  • Both Virtue and Vice
  • Mark Akenside, Inscription #3
    Ezzah Ali
  • Anna Letitia Barbauld, “The Mouse’s Petition”
    Quinn Fletcher
  • Mary Barber, “Written at Bath to a Young Lady, Who Had Just Before Given Me a Short Answer”
    Evan Smith
  • Nathaniel Cotton, “The Bee, the Ant, and the Sparrow: A Fable”
    Max D’Ambrosio
  • William Cowper, “Human Frailty”
    Priya Lail
  • Mary Leapor, “The Fall of Lucia”
    Beata Shifchik
  • Matthew Prior, “Picture of Seneca dying in a Bath, By Jordain, at the Right Honorable the Earl of Exeter’s at Burleigh-House”
    Casey Gareau
  • Elizabeth Singer Rowe, “The Reflection”
    Maygan McLauchlin


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September 8, 2022

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