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Reading Romantic Poetry introduces the major themes and preoccupations, and the key poems and players of a period convulsed by revolution, prolonged warfare and political crisis.
- Provides a clear, lively introduction to Romantic Poetry, backed by academic research and marked by its accessibility to students with little prior experience of poetry
- Introduces many of the major topics of the age, from politics to publishing, from slavery to sociability, from Milton to the mind of man
- Encourages direct responses to poems by opening up different aspects of the literature and fresh approaches to reading
- Discusses the poets' own reading and experience of being read, as well as analysis of the sounds of key poems and the look of the poem on the page
- Deepens understanding of poems through awareness of their literary, historical, political and personal contexts
- Includes the major poets of the period, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Burns and Clare —as well as a host of less familiar writers, including women
About the Author
Fiona Stafford is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, and a Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford. She has published on a wide range of Romantic literature, and is especially interested in the literary relationships between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. She has written several books including Local Attachments: The Province of Poetry (2010) and Brief Lives: Jane Austin (2008) and has edited Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads (2013), as well as novels by Jane Austen and Mary Shelley.
Table of Contents
1 The Pleasures of Poetry 1
2 Solitude and Sociability 34
3 Common Concerns and Cultural Connections 65
4 Traditions and Transformations: Poets as Readers 95
5 Reading or Listening? Romantic Voices 132
6 Sweet Sounds 162
7 Poems on Pages 193
What People are Saying About This
“These engagements with the nature of poetry are no mystical celebration of a mysterious power—on the contrary: by focusing on specific attempts Professor Stafford underlines the demystifying facet of these poems which lay bare their own artifice to their readers.” (Cercles, 1 December 2012)
“An excellent, well-written resource for those interested in Romantic poetry … Stafford brings a new sensibility and fresh eye to the subject.” (Choice, 1 October 2012)