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Book review: A Treacherous Likeness by Lynn Shepherd

Reviewed by Pam Norfolk He was one of England’s great Romantic poets, she was the celebrated creator of Frankenstein, and their illicit love affair scandalised early 19th century society. But did the lives of Percy and Mary Shelley harbour secrets more dangerous and more deadly than we could ever have imagined? It will take two […]

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Romantic readings: ‘When I have fears’ by John Keats

by Suzie Grogan. John Keats has always been ‘my’ poet.  I bought my first Collected Poems as a twelve-year-old in a wonderful bookshop in Totnes, where we were staying on holiday from our home in North London. Keats had been the subject of  a ‘Blue Peter Special Assignment’, introduced by Valerie Singleton, only a few […]

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Romantic portraits: William Wordsworth by Henry William Pickersgill

by Tim Moreton As a portrait of an extremely respected public figure by a well established contemporary portrait painter, this painting might at first sight have seemed a very straightforward candidate for acquisition by the newly formed Portrait Gallery when it was offered for purchase by the artist in 1860. William Wordsworth (1770-1850), Poet Laureate, […]

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Psychology and mental disorder in Wordsworth’s poetry

By Jonathan Kerr In 1800, William Wordsworth offers a bold and, at the time, deeply controversial claim about poetry. In the Preface to Lyrical Ballads (a collection he co-authored with his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge), Wordsworth argues that all poets should dispense with the ornate conventions of eighteenth-century verse and focus upon what he calls […]

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Book review: Unfashioned Creatures by Lesley McDowell

Review by Pam Norfolk ‘Love is merely a madness,’ wrote Shakespeare but it was the poets and writers of the later Romantic period who came to love madness to distraction. Mental disorders, sexual obsession and supernatural mystery were at the beating heart of 19th century literature… and leading the charge was Mary Shelley with her […]

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Coleridge and Spring

By Seamus Perry I frequently think: what was Coleridge doing at this time of the year? And his private notebooks often tell us. The Spring of 1802, for example, was a delightful one, and his eyes and ears were brilliantly alert, especially to birdsong: ‘The yellow Hammer sings like one working on steel, or the […]

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Harriet Shelley

By Eleanor Fitzsimons On Thursday, December 12, 1816, a short but intriguing report was carried on page two of The London Times. It read: “On Tuesday a respectable female, far advanced in pregnancy, was taken out of the Serpentine River and brought to her residence in Queen Street, Brompton, having been missed for nearly six […]

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Ode to Football

A tongue in cheek post, by Sarah Doyle. It’s not uncommon for those who love football to talk about ‘the beautiful game’, the romance found in many a match.  But what of the Romantics themselves?  Although pre-dating Association Football as we know it today, might the great Romantic poets have made compelling football figures?  Would […]

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