Robert Bloomfield

(3 December 1766 - 19 August 1823)
Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823)

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Robert Bloomfield (1766-1823)

Works in ECPA

alphabetical listing / listing in source editions

Source editions

  • Bloomfield, Robert, 1766-1823. The farmer's boy: a rural poem, in four books. By Robert Bloomfield. With ornaments engraved in wood by Anderson. London: printed by T. Bensley; for Vernor and Hood; T. C. Rickman; Ingram, Bury; and Booth, Norwich, 1800. [4],xvi,102,[2]p.,plate: ill.; 8⁰. (ESTC T154018; OTA K116451.000)


ODNB 2676; DLB 93; DMI 1320


  • Cochran, Peter, ed. The Farmer's Boy by Robert Bloomfield: A Parallel Text Edition, with The Thresher's Labour by Stephen Duck and The Woman's Labour by Mary Collier. Newcastle upon Tyne, England: Cambridge Scholars, 2014. Print.
  • Fulford, Tim, John Goodridge, and Sam Ward, eds. The Collected Writings of Robert Bloomfield. Romantic Circles, Nov. 2019. Web. 19 Nov. 2019.
  • Fulford, Tim and Lynda Pratt, eds. The Letters of Robert Bloomfield and his circle. Romantic Circles, Sep. 2009. Web. 13 Jul. 2017.
  • Goodridge, John and John Lucas, eds. Selected Poems: Robert Bloomfield. Revised and enlarged edition. Nottingham: Trent Editions, 2007 [1999]. Print.
  • Reiman, Donald H., ed. The Farmer's Boy: A Rural Poem. Romantic Context 16. New York: Garland, 1977. Print.


  • Lawson, Jonathan. Robert Bloomfield. Twayne's English authors, 310. Boston, MA: G. K. Hall, 1980. Print.
  • Wickett, William and Nicholas Duval. The farmer's boy: the story of a Suffolk poet, Robert Bloomfield, his life and poems, 1766-1823. Lavenham: Dalton, 1971. Print.


  • Bloomfield, B. C. The publication of The Farmer's Boy by Robert Bloomfield. Library 15(2) (1993): 75-94. Print.
  • Fulford, Tim. To 'crown with glory the romantick scene': Robert Bloomfield's "To Immagination" and the discourse of Romanticism. Romanticism 15(2) (2009): 181-200. Print.
  • Goodridge, John. John Clare and eighteenth-century poetry: Pomfret, Cunningham, Bloomfield. Eighteenth Century 42(3) (2001): 264-278. Print.
  • Goodridge, John, ed. The Independent Spirit: John Clare and the Self-Taught Tradition. Helpston, UK: John Clare Soc. & Margaret Grainger Memorial Trust, 1994. Print.
  • Graver, Bruce. Illustrating The Farmer's Boy. Romanticism: The Journal of Romantic Culture and Criticism 9(2) (2003): 157-75. Print.
  • Haywood, Ian. The Infection of Robert Bloomfield: Terrorizing The Farmer's Boy. Goodridge, John and Bridget Keegan, ed. and introd. Robert Bloomfield: The Inestimable Blessing of Letters. Romantic Circles Praxis Series Jan. College Park, MD: U of Maryland P, 2012. Print.
  • McEathron, Scott. Working Class Poetry and the Royal Literary Fund: Two Case Studies in Patronage. Goodridge, John, Bridget Keegan, eds. A History of British Working Class Literature. Cambridge, England: Cambridge UP, 2017. 149-167. Print.
  • Rudd, Andrew. The 'other' Robert Bloomfield: "To Immagination" (1800) and the quest for an authentic poetic voice. Studies in Romanticism 55(2) (2016): 239-56. Print.
  • Scrivener, Michael. Laboring-Class Poetry in the Romantic Era. Mahoney, Charles, ed. and introd. A Companion to Romantic Poetry. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 73. Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. 234-250. Print.
  • White, Simon J. Otaheite, natural genius and Robert Bloomfield's The Farmer's Boy. Romanticism 17(2) (2011): 160-74. Print.
  • White, Simon J. Robert Bloomfield, Romanticism and the Poetry of Community. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2007. Print.
  • White, Simon J., John Goodridge, and Bridget Keegan, eds. Robert Bloomfield: Lyric, Class, and the Romantic Canon. Lewisburg, PA: Bucknell University Press, 2006. Print.
  • Zimmerman, Donald Mark. The medium of antipastoral: protest between the lines of Bloomfield's The Farmer's Boy. ANQ 17(2) (2004): 35-9. Print.