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The Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry (Paperback)
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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.First time in Penguin ClassicsIncludes an introduction, notes, biographies of the poets, and indexes of poets, titles, and first linesA major anthology organized by theme
About the Author
Jonathan Wordsworth was a Fellow of Saint Catherine's College, Oxford, and Faculty Lecturer in Romanticism in the English Faculty, Oxford University. He was also Chairman of the Trustees of Dove Cottage, Grasmere (the Wordsworth Archive). The author of The Music of Humanity and William Wordsworth, The Borders of Vision, and editor of Bicentenary Wordsworth Studies, he was at work on several other Wordsworth editions and studies.
Jonathan Wordsworth is descended from William Wordsworth's younger brother, Christopher. He is chairman of the Wordsworth Trust and retired professor of English literature at Oxford.
Jessica Wordsworth is administrator of the Wordsworth Winter School and Summer Conference at Grasmere.