The Visionary Company: A Reading of English Romantic Poetry

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Harold Bloom
Cornell University Press, 1971 - Literary Criticism - 477 pages
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This is a revised and enlarged edition of the most extensive and detailed critical reading of English Romantic poetry ever attempted in a single volume. It is both a valuable introduction to the Romantics and an influential work of literary criticism. The perceptive interpretations of the major poems of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Beddoes, Clare, and Darley develop the themes of Romantic myth-making and the dialectical relationship between nature and imagination.For this new edition, Harold Bloom has added an introductory essay on the historical backgrounds of English Romantic poetry and an epilogue relating his book to literary trends.
  

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Bloom's prose is at its very best here. If you haven't read any Bloom yet, I highly recommend you start here. His chapter on Percy Shelley alone is beautiful -- some of the clearest explication I've ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
1
The Heritage of Sensibility
7
The Individual Vision
20
The Contraries
33
Negations
49
Bible of Energy
64
Bible of Hell
71
States of Being
80
The Byronic Ethos
272
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
282
The Hidden Power
290
Titan on the Rock
306
Dialectics of Vision
323
Darkening of the Quest
335
Transmemberment of Song
350
JOHN KEATS
363

The Recovery of Innocence
97
Blakes Apocalypse
108
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
124
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
199
THE NIGHTINGALE
205
CHRISTABEL
212
Wisdom and Dejection
220
TO WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
228
NE PLUS ULTRA
235
The Digressive Balance
255
Hymns of Eros
378
Temples of the Sun
390
Naturalistic Humanism
407
Tragic Humanism
421
BEDDOES CLARE DARLEY AND OTHERS
438
John Clare
444
George Darley and Others
456
Chronological Table
467
Index
473
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Harold Bloom was born on July 11, 1930 in New York City. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Cornell in 1951 and his Doctorate from Yale in 1955. After graduating from Yale, Bloom remained there as a teacher, and was made Sterling Professor of Humanities in 1983. Bloom's theories have changed the way that critics think of literary tradition and has also focused his attentions on history and the Bible. He has written over twenty books and edited countless others. He is one of the most famous critics in the world and considered an expert in many fields. In 2010 he became a founding patron of Ralston College, a new institution in Savannah, Georgia, that focuses on primary texts. His works include Fallen Angels, Till I End My Song: A Gathering of Last Poems, Anatomy of Influence: Literature as a Way of Life and The Shadow of a Great Rock: A Literary Appreciation of The King James Bible.

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