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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Sex and Death: Vampires from Coleridge to Hammer

By Barry Forshaw

Initially, several Gothic novels were infused with a certain Anglican perspective that (among other things) aligned the sinister influence of the Church of Rome with the locations where Catholicism reigned (notably France, Spain and Italy), concomitantly identified as fertile breeding ground for eldritch evil. A corollary of this was a […]

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Joseph Wilkinson and the Guide to the Lakes

By Jenny Uglow

The Wordsworth Trust has nearly 50 watercolour sketches by Joseph Wilkinson (1765-1831), one of the figures on the fringes of Wordsworth’s life.

When I became interested in him a couple of years ago, for a hugely enjoyable Wordsworth Trust day in Grasmere, celebrating local artists, the Carlisle historian Denis Perriam, thought back […]

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Edmund Burke and the Sublime

By Simon Court

The idea of the sublime is central to a Romantic’s perception of, and heightened awareness in, the world. It was Edmund Burke, who in 1757 published a treatise of aesthetics called A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, and therefore provided the English Romantic movement […]

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The literary collaboration of Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley

By Anna Mercer

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley is frequently presented as a crucial figure in terms of her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley’s biography, and his influence on her work is repeatedly acknowledged. However, the allusions to Mary in Percy’s poems indicate that she also had an impact on his work at the time of writing. Mary’s […]

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Exhibition review: William Blake: Apprentice and Master

An exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum Oxford, until March 1st 2015

By Polly Marshall Taplin

This peerless exhibition, at the Ashmolean until 1st March 2015, is laid out in three rooms representing key phases in Blake’s career. There are prints, books, paintings, copper plates, sculptures and thoughtful, unpatronizing gallery texts, which explain parallel evolutions in […]

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Caves and Cliffs: The Wordsworth Picture Poems of 1818

By Tim Fulford

William Westall (1781-1850) was already a much-travelled man when Robert Southey first introduced him to Wordsworth sometime before 1818. Although he was still little-known, he had voyaged to Australia’s uncharted shores and made some of the first portraits of aboriginal people. He had been to China, taking part in the first diplomatic […]

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William Wordsworth and Heineken®

On the face of it, William Wordsworth and Heineken® beer make an unlikely combination, but a little piece of advertising history brought the two together in 1982.

The global beer brand and its then advertising agency Lowe Howard Spink decided to feature Wordsworth, his iconic opening lines to “I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud”, and […]

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