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 'Tyger', Coleridge's 'Khubla Khan' and Shelley's 'Ozymandias' alongside verse from less familiar 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.
About the Author
Jonathan Wordsworth was Professor of English Literature at St. Catherine's College Oxford. He was an acknowledged international expert on British Romanticism. He was Chairman then President of the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere and Director of the Wordsworth Summer Conference and Wordsworth Winter School. He wrote 'The Music of Humanity' (1969) and 'Borders of Vision' (1982), both studies of Wordsworth. He edited 'The Prelude: the Four Texts' which appeared in 1995 and the many titles of the 'Revolution and Romanticism' series for Woodstock Books. He co-edited the Norton 'Prelude' and was an advisory editor for the Cornell Wordsworth series with M. H. Abrams and Geoffrey Hartman.
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.