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Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination : Clarendon Paperbacks - Jonathan Bate

Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination

Clarendon Paperbacks

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Published: 20th April 1989
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Although it is well known that the Romantics were obsessed with Shakespeare, little attention has been paid to the ways in which he influenced both their creative practices and theories of the imagination. This work presents the fascinating picture of how the Romantics read Shakespeare and the ways in which his work inspired and informed their own poetry. The book provides the first full critical discussion of Shakespeare and Wordsworth, explores the influence of the plays on the poetry of Blake and Coleridge, and offers a fresh account of Shakespeare's powerful presence in the letters and poems of Keats and Byron, and in Shelley's dramas. Taking issue with prevalent deconstructionist theories and Harold Bloom's ideas on "the anxiety of influence," Bate instead carefully illustrates the ways in which initial attempts at blind imitation were transformed into graceful poetic echo and allusion.

'notable... a study of something we thought we knew about but largely didn't' Frank Kermode, London Review of Books 'a pioneering work which sets new standards for 'influence' study' R. S. White, Shakespeare Survey 'an important book, and one that will be required reading for anyone concerned with Romantic literature.' Nicholas Roe, Notes and Queries 'a reinterpretation of the Romantics' remaking of Shakespeare in their own image, and also a triumphant vindication of their beliefs about the alchemical power of the imagination' Paul Dean, Year's Work in English Studies 'wide-ranging, well-written and highly intelligent... valuable and exciting' T. W. Craik, Charles Lamb Bulletin 'Persuasively learned, but wearing its learning with grace and ease' R. A. Foakes, Modern Language Review

List of illustrations; Abbreviations; Shakespeare, imagination, romanticism; `The eighth commandment was not made for bards': Coleridge and the problem of inherited language; Shakespearean voices in Coleridge's poetry; Wordsworth on Shakespeare; Shakespeare on Wordsworth; Shakespeare and Blake's imagination; Blake's poetry and the auspices of Shakespeare; Shakespeare to Hazlitt to Keats; Keats and his presider; Shelley and the lion in the path; Byron's pose; Notes

ISBN: 9780198129943
ISBN-10: 0198129947
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 20th April 1989
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.7  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41