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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'The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be'’: Ada Lovelace and her mother Annabella Byron

by Eleanor Fitzsimons

‘Never was a bridegroom less in haste’. This worrisome observation was noted down by politician and diarist John Cob Hobhouse as he accompanied his dear friend George Gordon Byron on a convoluted journey to Seaham Hall in County Durham. Once there, Hobhouse, who had known Byron since both were students at Trinity […]

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Anne Finch: A Pre-Romantic?

by Tess Somervell

 

At Christmas, 1819, William Wordsworth presented to Lady Mary Lowther, the thirty-four-year-old daughter of his patron, an album of ‘poems and extracts’. The album included many of the great seventeenth- and eighteenth-century poets: Marvell, Beaumont, Pope, Thomson, Cowper, three sonnets by Shakespeare, and the female poets Laetitia Pilkington and Anne Killigrew. […]

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