A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850 by Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson

By Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson

A Century of Sonnets is a remarkable reminder that the very best identified and such a lot well-respected poems of the Romantic period have been sonnets. It provides the wide and wealthy context of such favorites as Percy Bysshe Shelley's ''Ozymanidas,'' John Keats's ''On First having a look Into Chapman's Homer,'' and William Wordsworth's ''Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'' through tracing the sonnet revival in England from its starting within the fingers of Thomas Edwards and Charlotte Smith to its fruits within the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Expertly edited by way of Paula R. Feldman and Daniel Robinson, this quantity is the 1st nowa days to gather the sonnets of the Romantic period--many by no means ahead of released within the 20th century--and comprises approximately examples composed among 1750 and 1850 via eighty one poets, approximately 1/2 them girls. A Century of Sonnets contains of their entirety such vital yet tough to discover sonnet sequences as William Wordsworth's The River Duddon, Mary Robinson's Sappho and Phaon, and Robert Southey's Poems at the Slave Trade, besides Browning's enduring vintage, Sonnets from the Portuguese. The poems accumulated right here show the complete sweep of human emotion and discover a variety of topics, together with love, grief, politics, friendship, nature, paintings, and the enigmatic personality of poetry itself. certainly, for plenty of poets the sonnet shape elicited their most powerful paintings. A Century of Sonnets exhibits us that faraway from disappearing with Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, the sonnet underwent a amazing rebirth within the Romantic interval, giving us a wealthy physique of labor that keeps to persuade poets even this present day.

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D. Havens. The Influence of Milton on English Poetry, 1922 (New York: Russell & Russell, 1961), p. 492. Havens's book still contains the most authoritative and comprehensive study of the eighteenth-century sonnet published to date. 10. Havens, pp. 495-7. 11. John A. Vance. Joseph and Thomas Warton (Boston: Twayne, 1983), p. 50. 12. Drake, p. 113. 13. Stuart Curran. Poetic Form and British Romanticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 30-1. 14. 1 (1995): 98-127. 15. Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, ed.

As Jennifer Ann Wagner notes in A Moment's Monument: Revisionary Poetics and the Nineteenth-Century English Sonnet (1995), elements of the Wordsworthian sonnet tradition persist in the sonnets of Robert Frost. In the 1920s, poets such as Edna St. Vincent Millay and Elinor Wylie reassert the role of women 18 A CENTURY OF SONNETS in the sonnet tradition. Millay's sonnets, in particular the sequences Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree and Fatal Interview, pick up where Barrett Browning leaves off, further revising the woman lover's stance in the amorous and erotic negotiation.

1811) Vol. 1, p. 201; Vol. 2, p. 258; Vol. 2, p. 303. 16. " See notes for poems 10-30. 17. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Biographia Literaria, eds. James Engell and W. Jackson Bate (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983), Vol. 1, p. 17. 18. See the Appendix of this book for Robinson's complete preface. 19. Coleridge's pamphlet Sonnets from Various Authors was printed privately in 1796. 20. Bishop C. Hunt, Jr. " The Wordsworth Circle 1 (1970), p. 85, p. 101. 21. Later Years, Vol. 1, pp. 478-79.

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