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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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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Songs of Innocence.
Bodleian Library, University of OxfordSongs of Innocence. Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

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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