A Vision of Judgement

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A poem in hexameters by R. Southey, published 1821, at the time when Southey was poet laureate.

The preface, written in defence of this metrical innovation, contains, in a digression, a violent attack on the works of Byron; Byron retorted with his parody The Vision of Judgement.

The poet in a trance sees George III (who had died in 1820) rise from the tomb and, after receiving from the shade of Perceval news of affairs in England, proceed to the gates of Heaven. The Devil, accompanied by Wilkes, comes forward to arraign him, but retires discomfited, and the king, after receiving a eulogy from Washington, is admitted to Paradise, where he is greeted by previous English sovereigns, the worthies of England, and finally by his family.

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Robert Southey (1774—1843) poet and reviewer