By Paula R. Feldman, Daniel Robinson
A Century of Sonnets is a amazing reminder that the superior recognized and such a lot well-respected poems of the Romantic period have been sonnets. It provides the wide 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'' through tracing the sonnet revival in England from its starting within the fingers of Thomas Edwards and Charlotte Smith to its fruits within the poetry of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Expertly edited by means of 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 prior to released within the 20th century--and includes approximately examples composed among 1750 and 1850 through 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, in addition to Browning's enduring vintage, Sonnets from the Portuguese. The poems gathered the following show the complete sweep of human emotion and discover a variety of issues, together with love, grief, politics, friendship, nature, artwork, and the enigmatic personality of poetry itself. certainly, for plenty of poets the sonnet shape elicited their most powerful paintings. A Century of Sonnets indicates us that faraway from disappearing with Shakespeare and the English Renaissance, the sonnet underwent a outstanding rebirth within the Romantic interval, giving us a wealthy physique of labor that keeps to persuade poets even at the present time.
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As he 16 A CENTURY OF SONNETS wrote to Walter Savage Landor,"... "24 Although Wordsworth frequently apologized for working in a form he once considered "egregiously absurd," he nonetheless wrote well over 500 sonnets and made the most substantial contribution to the sonnet tradition after Milton and Smith. For the hundreds of sonnets he wrote, Wordsworth never publicly acknowledged any debt to Charlotte Smith, William Lisle Bowles, and other sonnet writers of the eighteenth century. Instead, he claimed Milton as his precursor in order to distance himself from a practice that he believed had become hackneyed by the end of the century.
Later in the century, critics praised George Stevens for omitting the sonnets from his 1793 edition of Shakespeare. "7 It was not until the nineteenth century that taste would change and the English sonnet, previously considered "illegitimate," would be canonized as the Shakespearean sonnet. Despite the pronouncements of many eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century literary authorities on the death of the sonnet, this literary form, in fact, lived and breathed and even spawned in the eighteenth century.
For example, R. F. Brewer's 1928 book The Art of Versification and the Technicalities of Poetry asserts that "After Milton's time the sonnet was scarcely cultivated at all by our poets for upwards of a hundred years, till... Wordsworth revived its flickering flame, and caused it to break forth again with a new beauty and sweetness peculiarly his own" ([Edinburgh: John Grant, 1928], p. 211). 2. The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Later Years, ed. Ernest de Selincourt. Vol. 2 (Oxford: Clarendon, 1939), p.