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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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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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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