Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary has gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this ... more »
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Jane Austen Poems
I've a Pain in my Head
'I've a pain in my head' Said the suffering Beckford; To her Doctor so dread. 'Oh! what shall I take for't?'
Happy the Lab'rer
Happy the lab'rer in his Sunday clothes! In light-drab coat, smart waistcoat, well-darn'd hose, Andhat upon his head, to church he goes; As oft, with conscious pride, he downward throws
Ode to Pity
1 Ever musing I delight to tread The Paths of honour and the Myrtle Grove
This Little Bag
This little bag I hope will prove To be not vainly made-- For, if you should a needle want It will afford you aid.
Oh! Mr Best You're Very Bad
Oh! Mr. Best, you're very bad And all the world shall know it; Your base behaviour shall be sung By me, a tunefull Poet.--
When Stretch'd on One's Bed
When stretch'd on one's bed With a fierce-throbbing head, Which preculdes alike thought or repose, How little one cares
Mock Panegyric on a Young Friend
In measured verse I'll now rehearse The charms of lovely Anna: And, first, her mind is unconfined Like any vast savannah.
Miss Lloyd has now went to Miss Green
Miss Lloyd has now sent to Miss Green, As, on opening the box, may be seen, Some years of a Black Ploughman's Gauze, To be made up directly, because
Of A Ministry Pitiful, Angry, Mean
Of a Ministry pitiful, angry, mean, A gallant commander the victim is seen. For promptitude, vigour, success, does he stand Condemn'd to receive a severe reprimand!
When Winchester races
When Winchester races first took their beginning It is said the good people forgot their old Saint Not applying at all for the leave of Saint Swithin And that William of Wykeham's approval was faint.
My Dearest Frank, I Wish You Joy
My dearest Frank, I wish you joy Of Mary's safety with a Boy, Whose birth has given little pain Compared with that of Mary Jane.--
To the Memory of Mrs. Lefroy who died De...
The day returns again, my natal day; What mix'd emotions with the Thought arise! Beloved friend, four years have pass'd away Since thou wert snatch'd forever from our eyes.--
See they come, post haste from Thanet
See they come, post haste from Thanet, Lovely couple, side by side; They've left behind them Richard Kennet With the Parents of the Bride!
Quotationsmore quotations »
''An artist cannot do anything slovenly.''Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Letter, November 17, 1798, to her sister, Cassandra. Jane Austen's Letters, Oxford University Press (1952)....
''Business, you know, may bring money, but friendship hardly ever does.''Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. John Knightley, in Emma, ch. 34 (1816).
It is not time or opportunity that is to determine intimacy;Mit is disposition alone. Seven years would be insufficient to make some people acquainted with each other, and seven days are more than eno...Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, ch. 12 (1811).
Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves, vanity to what we would h...Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mary Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, ch. 5 (1813).
''Selfishness must always be forgiven you know, because there is no hope of a cure.''Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park, ch. 7 (1814).
Comments about Jane Austen
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
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(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
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I've a Pain in my Head
'I've a pain in my head'
Said the suffering Beckford;
To her Doctor so dread.
'Oh! what shall I take for't?'
Said this Doctor so dread
Whose name it was Newnham.
'For this pain in your head
Ah! What can you do Ma'am?'
Said Miss Beckford, 'Suppose
If you think there's no risk,
I take a good Dose
Of calomel brisk.'--
'What a praise worthy Notion.'
Replied Mr. Newnham.
'You shall have such a potion
And so will I too Ma'am.'