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A Companion to Romantic Poetry

Charles Mahoney (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-9064-3
640 pages
December 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Through a series of 34 essays by leading and emerging scholars, A Companion to Romantic Poetry reveals the rich diversity of Romantic poetry and shows why it continues to hold such a vital and indispensable place in the history of English literature.
  • Breaking free from the boundaries of the traditionally-studied authors, the collection takes a revitalized approach to the field and brings together some of the most exciting work being done at the present time
  • Emphasizes poetic form and technique rather than a biographical approach
  • Features essays on production and distribution and the different schools and movements of Romantic Poetry
  • Introduces contemporary contexts and perspectives, as well as the issues and debates that continue to drive scholarship in the field
  • Presents the most comprehensive and compelling collection of essays on British Romantic poetry currently available

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List of Illustrations.

Notes on Contributors.


Introduction (Charles Mahoney).

Part I Forms and Genres.

1 Mournful Ditties and Merry Measures: Feeling and Form in the Romantic Short Lyric and Song (Michael O'Neill).

2 Archaist-Innovators: The Couplet from Churchill to Browning (Simon Jarvis).

3 The Temptations of Tercets (Charles Mahoney).

4 To Scorn or To "Scorn not the Sonnet" (Daniel Robinson).

5 Ballad Collection and Lyric Collectives (Steve Newman).

6 Satire, Subjectivity, and Acknowledgment (William Flesch).

7 "Stirring shades": The Romantic Ode and Its Afterlives (Esther Schor).

8 Pastures New and Old: The Romantic Afterlife of Pastoral Elegy (Christopher R. Miller).

9 The Romantic Georgic and the Work of Writing (Tim Burke).

10 Shepherding Culture and the Romantic Pastoral (John Bugg).

11 Ear and Eye: Counteracting Senses in Loco-descriptive Poetry (Adam Potkay).

Part II Production and Distribution, Schools and Movements.

12 "Other voices speak": The Poetic Conversations of Byron and Shelley (Simon Bainbridge).

13 The Thrush in the Theater: Keats and Hazlitt at the Surrey Institution (Sarah M. Zimmerman).

14 Laboring-Class Poetry in the Romantic Era (Michael Scrivener).

15 Celtic Romantic Poetry: Scotland, Ireland, Wales (Jane Moore).

16 Anglo-Jewish Romantic Poetry (Karen Weisman).

17 Leigh Hunt's Cockney Canon: Sociability and Subversion from Homer to Hyperion (Michael Tomko).

18 Poetry, Conversation, Community: Annus Mirabilis, 1797–1798 (Emily Sun).

Part III Contemporary Contexts and Perspectives.

19 Spontaneity, Immediacy, and Improvisation in Romantic Poetry (Angela Esterhammer).

20 Celebrity, Gender, and the Death of the Poet: The Mystery of Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Ghislaine McDayter).

21 Poetry and Illustration: "Amicable strife" (Sophie Thomas).

22 Romanticism, Sport, and Late Georgian Poetry (John Strachan).

23 "The science of feelings": Wordsworth's Experimental Poetry (Ross Hamilton).

24 Romanticism, Gnosticism, and Neoplatonism (Laura Quinney).

25 Milton and the Romantics (Gordon Teskey).

Part IV Critical Issues and Current Debates.

26 "The feel of not to feel it," or the Pleasures of Enduring Form (Anne-Lise François).

27 Romantic Poetry and Literary Theory: The Case of "A slumber did my spirit seal" (Marc Redfield).

28 "Strange utterance": The (Un)Natural Language of the Sublime in Wordsworth's Prelude (Timothy Bahti).

29 The Matter of Genre in the Romantic Sublime (Ian Balfour).

30 Sexual Politics and the Performance of Gender in Romantic Poetry (James Najarian).

31 Blake's Jerusalem: Friendship with Albion (Karen Swann).

32 The World without Us: Romanticism, Environmentalism, and Imagining Nature (Bridget Keegan).

33 Ethical Supernaturalism: The Romanticism of Wordsworth, Heaney, and Lacan (Guinn Batten).

34 The Persistence of Romanticism (Willard Spiegelman).


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Charles Mahoney is Associate Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, USA. He is the author of Romantics and Renegades: The Poetics of Political Reaction (2003), the editor of Leigh Hunt, Later Literary Essays (2003), and co-editor, with Michael O'Neill, of Romantic Poetry: An Annotated Anthology (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
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"Comprising 625 pages and very nicely produced, it represents good value, and I believe that many of these thirty-four excellent essays will be consulted for years to come . . . It should interest a wide range of scholars and encourage them to find new ways of understanding, questioning, and celebrating its poetic legacy." (Review 19, 2011)

"With such a variety of content and depth of literary study, The Companion to Romantic Poetry should be of interest to general readers and students seeking an inspiring introduction to the poets of the romantic era, but also more informed scholars looking for a different perspective." (Reference Reviews, 2011)

"This volume is an excellent resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a refreshing take on many conventional areas of Romantic scholarship whilst also introducing a welcome number of new perspectives on this diverse and fascinating literary genre." (Routledge ABES, 2011)

"Up to date and rich in foundations, this will be useful to students at any level. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers." (Choice, 1 July 2011)

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