The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period

  • Authors
  • Mark Storey

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

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