Wordsworth and Coleridge: The Radical Years

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Oxford University Press, 22 nov. 2018 - 368 páginas
This study is a much-needed reappraisal of Wordsworth's and Coleridge's radical careers before their emergence as major poets. Dr Roe presents a detailed examination of both writers' debts to radical dissent in the years before 1789. Wordsworth's first-hand experience of Revolution in France is treated in depth, and both Wordsworth's and Coleridge's relations with William Godwin and John Thelwall are clarified. In each case the poets are shown to have been vividly alive to radical issues in Britain and France, and much more closely involved with the popular reform movement represented by the London Corresponding Society than has hitherto been suspected. The author argues against any generalized pattern of withdrawal from politics into retirement after 1795. He offers instead a reading of Lyrical Ballads, The Prelude, and The Recluse that emphasizes the integration of imaginative life and radical experience. For Coleridge the loss of revolutionary idealism prefigured the collapse of his creative and personal life after 1798. For Wordsworth, on the other hand, revolutionary failure was the key to his emergence as poet of Tintern Abbey and The Prelude.
 

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New Introduction
1
Voices from the Common Grave of Liberty
18
Europe was Rejoiced Responses to Revolution 17891791
31
Pretty Hot in It Wordsworth and France 17911792
51
Mr Frends Company Cambridge Dissent and Coleridge
88
War is Again Broken Out Protest and Poetry 17931798
118
A Light Bequeathed Coleridge Thelwall Wordsworth Godwin
145
A Sympathy with Power Imagining Robespierre
201
Inner Emigrants Kindly Interchange Rash Disdain
232
Daring to Hope
261
Wordsworth and Daniel Isaac Eatons Philanthropist
273
Wordsworths Lost Satire
277
Bibliography
283
Index
305
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