The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period

The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period

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02 This is a lively introduction of the way in which several of the major British Romantic poets confronted the writing and theorizing of poetry. The question "What is a poet?" is asked and answered with great frequency and variety; invariably there is an underlying sense of unease, often in the shadow, as it were, of Wordsworth's lines: "We poets in our youth begin in gladness; / But thereof comes in the end despondency and madness." The apparent confidence of the manifestos is undermined by the self-doubts of much of the poetry, ranging from Coleridge to John Clare.
This is a lively introduction of the way in which several of the major British Romantic poets confronted the writing and theorizing of poetry. The question "What is a poet?" is asked and answered with great frequency and variety; invariably there is an underlying sense of unease, often in the shadow, as it were, of Wordsworth's lines: "We poets in our youth begin in gladness; / But thereof comes in the end despondency and madness." The apparent confidence of the manifestos is undermined by the self-doubts of much of the poetry, ranging from Coleridge to John Clare.
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  • Hardback | 197 pages
  • 145 x 225 x 19.3mm | 447.88g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0312230443
  • 9780312230449