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.
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.
Book TitleThe Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period
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