© 2000

The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mark Storey
    Pages 121-153
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 178-197

About this book


This book provides a lively exploration of the way in which several of the major British Romantic poets confront the writing and theorising 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 manifestoes is undermined by the self-doubts of much of the poetry, ranging from Coleridge to John Clare.


Coleridge lyric poet poetry Romanticism Wordsworth

About the authors

MARK STOREY is Professor of English Literature at the University of Birmingham; his previous works include The Poetry of John Clare: A Critical Introduction, Poetry and Humour from Cowpen to Clough, Byron and the Eye of Appetite, and Robert Southey: A Life.

Bibliographic information


...we should be grateful for the stimulation it provides... The Wordsworth Circle