Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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James Smith (1775-1839)



English poet, born in London, February 1775. He is counted as one of the best English parodists with his brother Horace Smith (1779-1849). Rejected Address (1812) is a joint work of the most widely popular parodies of contemporary poets ever published in England. They divided the task between them, James taking William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Robert Southey (1774-1843), and S. T. Coleridge (1772-1834), while George Gordon Byron (1788-1824), Thomas Moore (1779-1852), and Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) were assigned to his brother. They produced many other comic verses and prose for the various periodicals of those days. (Y. Y.)

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