Synopses & Reviews
An acclaimed anthology celebrating the creative flowering of the English Romantic period
The Romanticism that emerged after the American and French revolutions of 1776 and 1789 represented a new flowering of the imagination and the spirit, and a celebration of the soul of humanity with its capacity for love. This extraordinary collection sets the acknowledged genius of poems such as Blake's "The Tyger," Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," and Shelley's "Ozymandias" alongside verse from less well known figures and women poets such as Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson. We also see familiar poets in an unaccustomed light, as Blake, Wordsworth, and Shelley demonstrate their comic skills, while Coleridge, Keats, and Clare explore the Gothic and surreal.
"An absolutely fascinating selectionnotable for its women poets, its intriguing thematic categories, and its helpful mini-biographies." Richard Holmes
An absolutely fascinating selectionnotable for its women poets, its intriguing thematic categories, and its helpful mini-biographies. (Richard Holmes)
In the years following the American and French Revolutions, the Romantic Movements exaltation of nature and the imagination produced poetry of surpassing beauty and importance. From Coleridges Kubla Khan to Byrons She walks in beauty, like the night, this outstanding anthology gathers the work of fifty-one poets from the period. Arranged by theme and genre, the book enables us to see the Romanticsboth famous and lesser-knownin a fresh light, revealing unexpected connections and shared concerns. Including a strong representation of women poets such as Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson, this definitive collection captures the periods matchless creative flowering in all its glory.
Organized by theme and genre, this collection reveals unexpected connections and shared preoccupations, which should enable the reader to view the Romantics in a fresh light. The volume represents a number of women poets including Felicia Hemans and Letitia Elizabeth Landon.
About the Author
Jonathan Wordsworth is chairman of the Wordsworth Trust, retired professor of English literature at Oxford, and fellow emeritus of Exeter and St. Catherines colleges.
Jessica Wordsworth took her masters degree at Oxford and is administrator of the Wordsworth Winter School and Summer Conference at Grasmere.