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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From stanza to screen: How a Keats poem is inspiring 21st-century film-makers

By Suzie Grogan

In the twenty-first century it sometimes seems that only the things that are ‘up to date’ ‘relevant’, or ‘on trend’ matter. Our fast-paced lives leave little time for contemplation and today’s new technology is next year’s museum piece. We have to learn ‘mindfulness’ to appreciate the moment, drink in meaning and appreciate […]

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The Immortal Dinner, Part 2

 by Colin Silver

John Keats and William Wordsworth had been regular visitors to Haydon’s old lodgings in Great Marlborough Street. On June 13th, 1815, Wordsworth had allowed Haydon to make his life mask there, a rather gruelling and somewhat undignified process. Wordsworth ‘bore it like a philosopher’ said Haydon, and when he was relieved, he […]

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The Immortal Dinner, Part 1

by Colin Silver.

As Christmas 1817 approached, the painter Benjamin Robert Haydon decided to throw a dinner party at his London lodgings. He had recently moved from some rooms in Great Marlborough Street to a new and spacious suite of rooms in Lisson Grove, in a house which still stands. He was relatively (and uncharacteristically) […]

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Film review: Pandaemonium

by Esther Rutter

Anyone who is even faintly familiar with the major events in the lives of Wordsworth and Coleridge will have a field day watching Julian Temple’s quasi-biopic Pandaemonium. I recommend inviting your literary-inclined friends round for an evening of riotous entertainment, watching the film whilst taking part in the following themed drinking game […]

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The 'Last Man on Earth' in Romantic literature

One glorious summer’s day in 1816, Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley stood together on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland, quietly contemplating the brilliant expanse of water as the sun glinted off its surface. Suddenly, Shelley turned to Byron and exclaimed, his words sending a shiver of fear down his friend’s spine. ‘What […]

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