A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850

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Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson
Oxford University Press, Dec 20, 2002 - Poetry - 304 pages
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A Century of Sonnets is a striking reminder that some of the best known and most well-respected poems of the Romantic era were sonnets. It presents the broad and rich context of such favorites as Percy Bysshe Shelley's "Ozymanidas," John Keats's "On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer," and William Wordsworth's "Composed Upon Westminster Bridge" by tracing the sonnet revival in England from its beginning in the hands of Thomas Edwards and Charlotte Smith to its culmination in the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Expertly edited by Paula R. Feldman and Daniel Robinson, this volume is the first in modern times to collect the sonnets of the Romantic period--many never before published in the twentieth century--and contains nearly five hundred examples composed between 1750 and 1850 by 81 poets, nearly half of them women. A Century of Sonnets includes in their entirety such important but difficult to find sonnet sequences as William Wordsworth's The River Duddon, Mary Robinson's Sappho and Phaon, and Robert Southey's Poems on the Slave Trade, along with Browning's enduring classic, Sonnets from the Portuguese. The poems collected here express the full sweep of human emotion and explore a wide range of themes, including love, grief, politics, friendship, nature, art, and the enigmatic character of poetry itself. Indeed, for many poets the sonnet form elicited their strongest work. A Century of Sonnets shows us that far from disappearing with Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, the sonnet underwent a remarkable rebirth in the Romantic period, giving us a rich body of work that continues to influence poets even today.
 

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Contents

George Gordon Lord Byron 17881824
150
John Keats 17951821
151
Percy Bysshe Shelley 17921822
163
Jane Alice Sargant fl 181721
167
Thomas Doubleday 17901870
168
Horace Smith 17791849
170
Samuel Rogers 17631855
176
Charles Johnston d 1823
177

William Lisle Bowles 17621850
44
Thomas Russell 176288
48
Mary Locke fl 17911816
50
Ann Radcliffe 17641823
51
Anna Maria Jones 17481829
54
Samuel Taylor Coleridge 17721834
55
Amelia Opie 17691853
65
John Thelwall 17641834
66
Mary Julia Young fl 17891808
68
Charles Lamb 17751834
70
Mary Robinson 17581800
73
Ann Yearsley 17521806
90
William Beckford 17601844
91
Robert Southey 17741843
94
Edward Gardner fl 177098
97
Joseph Hucks d 1800
98
Anna Seward 17421809
99
Jane West 17581852
105
Ann Home Hunter 17421821
106
William Cowper 17311800
107
Henry Kirke White 17851806
108
Mrs B Finch fl 1805
109
Anna Maria Smallpiece fl 1805
110
William Wordsworth 17701850
111
Mathilda Betham 17761852
133
Susan Evance fl 180818
134
Martha Hanson fl 1809
136
Mary FJohnson fl 1810 d 1863
138
Mary Tighe 17721810
141
Leigh Hunt 17841859
145
Mary Bryan fl 1815
148
Elizabeth Cobbold 17671824
178
John F M Dovaston 17821852
180
Sarah Hamilton c 17691843
181
Thomas Moore 17791852
182
William Ewart Gladstone 180998
183
Barry Cornwall Bryan Waller Procter 17871874
184
Joseph Blanco White 17751841
185
Thomas Hood 17991845
186
Edward Moxon 180158
187
William Roscoe 17531831
188
Charles Tennyson Turner 180879
189
Alfred Tennyson 180992
192
Agnes Strickland 17961874
193
Frederick Tennyson 180798
195
Hartley Coleridge 17961849
196
Letitia Elizabeth Landon 180238
199
Jane Cross Simpson 181186
200
Felicia Hemans 17931835
201
Caroline Norton 180877
204
Ebenezer Elliott 17811849
206
Frances Anne Kemble 180993
208
Eliza Cook 181889
209
Arthur Hugh Clough 181961
210
Calder Campbell 17981857
211
William Michael Rossetti 18291919
212
Dante Gabriel Rossetti 182882
213
Elizabeth Barrett Browning 180661
215
Mary Robinsons Preface to Sappho and Phaon
233
Notes to the Poems and Sources
241
Index of Titles Authors and First Lines
265
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Paula R. Feldman, Professor of English at the University of South Carolina, is editor of British Women Poets of the Romantic Era and coeditor of The Journals of Mary Shelly and Romantic Women Writers: Voices and Countervoices. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina. Daniel Robinson is Assistant Professor of English at Widener University, where he teaches literature of the Romantic period and the eighteenth century. He lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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