English Romantic Poetry

English Romantic Poetry : An Anthology


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Encompassing a broad range of subjects, styles, and moods, English poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is generally classified under the term "Romantic," suggesting an emphasis on imagination and individual experience, as well as a preoccupation with such theme as nature, death, and the supernatural. This volume contains a rich selection of poems by England's six greatest poets: William Blake (24 poems, including "The Tyger" and "Auguries of Innocence"), William Wordsworth (27 poems, including "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" and "I wandered lonely as a cloud"), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (10 poems, including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan"), Lord Byron (16 poems, including "The Prisoner of Chillon" and selections from "Don Juan" and "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage"), Percy Bysshe Shelley (24 poems, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Adonis"), John Keats (22 poems, including all the great odes, "Isabella," and "The Eve of St. Agnes"). For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided a concise Introduction to the Romantic period and brief commentaries on the poets represented. The result is a carefully selected anthology that will be welcomed by lovers of poetry, students, and teachers alike.

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 132.08 x 213.36 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • 24 Mar 1997
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York
  • English
  • 0486292827
  • 9780486292823
  • 25,268

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Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.

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Pardon the pun but I adore Wordsworth and Byron and this is a delightful collection of both of their works and more. Anthologies often have a habit of featuring one or two stars and being padded out by ho hum. This is certainly not the case here. With Coleridge, Shelley and Keats as bedfellows, it's a hit. This isn't a new edition, in fact it's a rather old tome, first out in 97 but I'd worn the pages out and recently repurchased a new copy which I am happily wearing thin already. As anthologies go, particularly on the topic of love and romance, I'd say it's a staple read and well worth rediscovering if you too remember it of old.show more
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