By Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson
A Century of Sonnets is a remarkable reminder that the superior recognized and such a lot well-respected poems of the Romantic period have been sonnets. It provides the huge 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 way of tracing the sonnet revival in England from its starting within the palms 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 1/2 them ladies. 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 accrued right here show the total sweep of human emotion and discover quite a lot of issues, 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 exhibits 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 at the present time.
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Thy poet's musing fancy would translate What mean the sounds that swell thy little breast, When still at dewy eve thou leavest thy nest, Thus to the listening night to sing thy fate? Pale sorrow's victims wert thou once among, Though now released in woodlands wild to rove? Say—hast thou felt from friends some cruel wrong, Or died'st thou—martyr of disastrous love? Ah! songstress sad! that such my lot might be, To sigh, and sing at liberty—like thee! (1784) A CENTURY OF SONNETS 31 13. —by thy pale beam, Alone and pensive, I delight to stray, And watch thy shadow trembling in the stream, Or mark the floating clouds that cross thy way.
John A. Vance. Joseph and Thomas Warton (Boston: Twayne, 1983), p. 50. 12. Drake, p. 113. 13. Stuart Curran. Poetic Form and British Romanticism (New York: Oxford University Press, 1986), pp. 30-1. 14. 1 (1995): 98-127. 15. Letters of Anna Seward: Written Between the Years 1784 and 1807, ed. A. Constable, 6 vols. , 1811) Vol. 1, p. 201; Vol. 2, p. 258; Vol. 2, p. 303. 16. " See notes for poems 10-30. 17. Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Biographia Literaria, eds. James Engell and W. Jackson Bate (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983), Vol.
Wordsworth's sonnets do bear a stronger resemblance to Milton's sonnets than to Smith's, particularly in their formal qualities. Moreover, his anxiety over Milton's influence, as far as most twentieth-century representations of the sonnet tradition are concerned, very nearly obliterated the importance of those more contemporary sonnets, the stylistic and thematic resonances of which had become ubiquitous by the 1780s and 1790s. Wordsworth's adoption of Miltonic sonnet practices seems in many ways to be a deliberate erasure of the sonnet of Sensibility: Wordsworth appears to be taking the baton directly from Milton because he never explicitly claimed a place for himself in the more immediate sonnet tradition.
A Century of Sonnets: The Romantic-Era Revival 1750-1850 by Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson