By Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson
A Century of Sonnets is a outstanding reminder that the superior recognized and such a lot well-respected poems of the Romantic period have been sonnets. It provides the large and wealthy context of such favorites as Percy Bysshe Shelley's ''Ozymanidas,'' John Keats's ''On First taking a look Into Chapman's Homer,'' and William Wordsworth's ''Composed Upon Westminster Bridge'' by means of tracing the sonnet revival in England from its starting within the arms of Thomas Edwards and Charlotte Smith to its end result within the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Expertly edited through 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 half them girls. A Century of Sonnets comprises of their entirety such very important yet tricky 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 amassed the following convey the total sweep of human emotion and discover quite a lot of topics, together with love, grief, politics, friendship, nature, paintings, and the enigmatic personality of poetry itself. certainly, for lots of poets the sonnet shape elicited their most powerful paintings. A Century of Sonnets indicates 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 maintains to persuade poets even this day.
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Wordsworth seems to have viewed sonnet writing as procrastinatory activity, diverting him from more ambitious projects such as the Recluse. As he 16 A CENTURY OF SONNETS wrote to Walter Savage Landor,"... "24 Although Wordsworth frequently apologized for working in a form he once considered "egregiously absurd," he nonetheless wrote well over 500 sonnets and made the most substantial contribution to the sonnet tradition after Milton and Smith. For the hundreds of sonnets he wrote, Wordsworth never publicly acknowledged any debt to Charlotte Smith, William Lisle Bowles, and other sonnet writers of the eighteenth century.
22. Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. Vol. 1 (London: Macmillan, 1952), p. 186. 23. Ibid, p. 149. 24. Later Years, Vol. 1, pp. 70-1. 25. The Early Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth (1787-1805), ed. Ernest de Selincourt (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1935), p. 312. This page intentionally left blank Suggested Further Reading T he following is a select list of secondary materials recommended for those interested in reading more about the sonnets included in this book. Bhattacharyya, Arunodoy.
Strahan, 1755). 6. James Boswell. Life of Johnson, ed. George Birkbeck Hill, Vol. 4 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1971), p. 305. 7. Nathan Drake. Literary Hours: Or Sketches Critical, Narrative, and Poetical, Vol. , 3rd. ed. (London: T. Cadell, 1804), p. 108. 8. John Fuller. The Sonnet (London: Methuen, 1972), p. 9. 9. R. 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.