Penguin Book of Romantic Poetry
High school students will be challenged as they read through this collection of poems that center upon the theme of Romanticism. Poets such as Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, and Blake are joined by a host of lesser known writers who celebrate the soul's capacity for love. This collection is arranged by theme and genre, and each section opens with a preface, notes and bibliography. The level of writing commonly exhibited in this collection is really rather advanced, and it would not be well suited for struggling or immature students. Although the cover features a rather immodest picture of a woman, the actual poetry selections themselves appear to be quite free from indecent or sensual themes. The text has fairly small print and no illustrations. 820 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
The Romanticism that emerged after the American and French revolutions of 1776 and 1789 represented a new flowering of the imagination and the spirit, and a celebration of the soul of humanity with its capacity for love. This extraordinary collection sets the acknowledged genius of poems such as Blake's 'Tyger', Coleridge's 'Khubla Khan' and Shelley's 'Ozymandias' alongside verse from less familiar figures and women poets such as Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson. We also see familiar poets in an unaccustomed light, as Blake, Wordsworth and Shelley demonstrate their comic skills, while Coleridge, Keats and Clare explore the Gothic and surreal.
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