By Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson
A Century of Sonnets is a extraordinary reminder that the superior recognized and so much well-respected poems of the Romantic period have been sonnets. It offers the extensive 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'' by way of tracing the sonnet revival in England from its starting within the fingers of Thomas Edwards and Charlotte Smith to its end result within the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Expertly edited via Paula R. Feldman and Daniel Robinson, this quantity is the 1st nowa days to assemble the sonnets of the Romantic period--many by no means ahead of released within the 20th century--and includes approximately examples composed among 1750 and 1850 through eighty one poets, approximately 1/2 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 gathered right here exhibit the total sweep of human emotion and discover a variety of topics, together with love, grief, politics, friendship, nature, artwork, and the enigmatic personality of poetry itself. certainly, for lots 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 notable rebirth within the Romantic interval, giving us a wealthy physique of labor that maintains to steer poets even this present day.
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Later Years, Vol. 1, pp. 478-79. 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.
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. 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.
1784) 11. Written at the Close of Spring The garlands fade that Spring so lately wove, Each simple flower which she had nursed in dew, Anemonies, that spangled every grove, The primrose wan, and hare-bell mildly blue. — Ah! poor Humanity! so frail, so fair, Are the fond visions of thy early day, Till tyrant Passion, and corrosive Care, Bid all thy fairy colors fade away! Another May new buds and flowers shall bring; Ah! why has happiness no second Spring? (1784) 12. To a Nightingale Poor melancholy bird—that all night long Tell'st to the moon thy tale of tender woe; From what sad cause can such sweet sorrow flow, And whence this mournful melody of song?