- ISBN 9780521680837 / 0521680832
- Title The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry
- Author Maureen N. McLane
- Category Literary Studies: C 1800 To C 1900
Literary Studies: Poetry & Poets
- Format Paperback
- Year 2008
- Pages 303
- Publisher Cambridge University Press
- Imprint Cambridge University Press
- Edition 1st
- Language English
- Dimensions 150mm x 20mm x 226mm
An engaging collection of new essays covering Romantic poetry, its historical and literary contexts, its forms, and its enduring appeal.
More than any other period of British literature, Romanticism is strongly identified with a single genre. Romantic poetry has been one of the most enduring, best loved, most widely read and most frequently studied genres for two centuries and remains no less so today. This Companion offers a comprehensive overview and interpretation of the poetry of the period in its literary and historical contexts. The essays consider its metrical, formal, and linguistic features; its relation to history; its influence on other genres; its reflections of empire and nationalism, both within and outside the British Isles; and the various implications of oral transmission and the rapid expansion of print culture and mass readership. Attention is given to the work of less well-known or recently rediscovered authors, alongside the achievements of some of the greatest poets in the English language: Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Scott, Burns, Keats, Shelley, Byron and Clare.
'The Cambridge Companion series has been a very successful venture, presenting readers with handy, up-to-date collections of specially commissioned essays by leading scholars on a wide range of authors and topics.' Australian Book Review
James Chandler is Director of the Franke Institute of the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Maureen N. McLane is Lecturer in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature at Harvard University.