Welcome to the Wordsworth and Romanticism Blog. Here you will find lively and engaging explorations of the literature, history and culture of the Romantic period (1750 to 1850) from a variety of contributors. Illuminating and thought-provoking, they offer fresh perspectives on a period in our cultural history that continues to fascinate and inspire.

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'Flashes upon the inward eye’ : Wordsworth, Coleridge and ‘Flashing Flowers’

by Fred Blick

Few readers will be aware of the ‘Elizabeth Linnaeus phenomenon’ today; yet over a span of almost two hundred years botanists, gardeners and scientists speculated about it. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of the famous botanist, Carl Linné, known as Linnaeus.

One evening in the early 1760s, she was enjoying […]

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Diets of the Romantic poets

by Andrew McConnell Stott

Cartoon by Mike Barfield

 

The most notable meal in the history of English Romantic poetry took place on a Sunday afternoon in late December, 1817, as a garrulous group of men assembled at the London home of the artist, Benjamin Robert Haydon.

The guests included William Wordsworth, the essayist Charles […]

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Lord Byron
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
William Blake
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Coleridge in Wales at the Hay Literary Festival: Walking with Coleridge, Wordsworth and Thelwall

by Elsa Hammond

 

‘What has Coleridge got to do with Wales?’ This was the question most frequently posed by interested audience members, participants, walkers, and passers-by during the Coleridge in Wales events at the Hay Literary Festival this year.

In June 1794 Coleridge departed Cambridge to spend the […]

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Dorothy Wordsworth
John Thelwall
Robert Southey
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Emerson in 1846. By Eastman Johnson, Longfellow House, Cambridge, MAEmerson in 1846. By Eastman Johnson, Longfellow House, Cambridge, MA

Among the poets: Ralph Waldo Emerson meets Wordsworth and Coleridge

By Chris Townsend

In 1832, the philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was at something of a crossroads in his life. For one thing, he was not yet either philosopher nor poet. He was cut with grief after suffering the loss of his young wife the previous year, and was spending his days in perpetual […]

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Did Wordsworth really betray Coleridge?: The strange events of 27th December 1806

by Adam Roberts

 

Coleridge wrote two poems with the title ‘Ad Vilmum Axiologum’ (‘To William Wordsworth’); one in English and another in Latin. The title includes a  piece of Greek wordplay: ἀξία or ἀξίος (‘the worth or value of a thing’  L&S) plus λόγων (genitive plural of λόγος, word); hence ἀξίο-λόγων,  the worth or value […]

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