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.
"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 ... Highly recommended." (Choice, 1 October 2012)
“A wonderful introduction to the subject by one of Britain's foremost readers and critics of Romantic poetry. Stafford is infinitely sensitive to the poems themselves, but also shows the importance of historical contexts. An excellent study.”
—Jon Mee, University of Warwick
“A brilliantly informative guide that pinpoints the essential qualities of Romantic verse. With its emphasis on the pleasures of poetry, the artistic inventiveness and intellectual ambition of Romantic writers, and the challenging cultural conditions in which they worked, this is the perfect introduction to Romantic poetry, unmatched in its breadth of reference and critical sensitivity.”
—David Duff, University of Aberdeen
"A pleasure to read - this is an engaging, sensitive and wide-ranging study. There is a real relish here for poetry - a delight in its forms and voices, sounds and rhythms. A wonderful guide to Romantic poetry, offering a rich appreciation of its historical engagements, pleasures and possibilities."
—Dr Mina Gorji, University of Cambridge
Chapter One: The Pleasures of Poetry.
Public and Private.
Chapter Two: Solitude and Sociability.
The Romantic Resistance to Solitude.
Public and Private Friendships of Poets.
Friendships Tested and Trie.
Chapter Three: Common C.ncerns and Cultural Connections.
Common Causes: The Abolition.
Common Culture: Romantic Rainbows.
Chapter Four: Traditions and Transformations: Poets as Readers.
The Sonnet Revival.
Chapter Five: Reading or Listening? Romantic Voices.
The Language of Conversation: Lyrical Ballads.
Oral and Rural.
Standard English and the Freedom of Speech.
Chapter Six: Sweet Sounds.
Hidden Birds that Sing.
Sound and Sense.
Chapter Seven: Poems on Pages.
Romantic Poets: Then and Now.
From Vision to Volume.
Christabel, and Other Poems, 1816.
Reading according to Composition or Publication?
Series: Wiley Blackwell Reading Poetry
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 13th April 2012
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.014
Weight (kg): 0.458