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18.09.2017

David Bowie and Romanticism

By Matthew Sangster, Emily Bernhard Jackson, Joanna Taylor and Beatrice Turner   In thinking about the developments of the Romantic period, scholars often place a great deal of emphasis on examining works’ receptions around the time of their original composition or publication. However, in re-inscribing the importance of Romantic-period developments, it is important to acknowledge the […]

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31.08.2017

Wordsworth’'s ‘'Daffodils'’ and ‘'The Barberry-Tree'’: A curious relationship

by Fred Blick The close relationship between Wordsworth’s 1804 ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ (commonly called ‘Daffodils’) and his 1802 ‘The Barberry-Tree’ has been largely overlooked. The principal reason for this is that the 113 lines of ‘The Barberry-Tree’ were not discovered until 1964 and the poem was only accepted as part of the […]

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21.08.2017

'The light in the depth of the Temple': Wordsworth and Rembrandt

by Brian Miller   The sculptor Auguste Rodin once denied the suggestion that he shared an ounce of genius with that Dutch nonesuch: “Compare me with Rembrandt! What sacrilege! With Rembrandt, the colossus of Art! We should prostrate ourselves before Rembrandt and never compare anyone with him!”   The imperative to place Rembrandt on a […]

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07.08.2017

'The Albatross': From Rime to opera

by Sinéad O’Neill Melville was right when he wrote, of the Albatross, ‘that white phantom sails in all imaginations.’ It sailed then, and it sails still. Coleridge’s poem on the same subject also haunts the collective imagination. It has certainly caught my fancy, enough to make me want to create an opera. Even people unfamiliar […]

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02.08.2017

Discovering Mary Wordsworth through her letters

by Nicole Jacobsen As an intern primarily focused on the curatorial aspects of the Wordsworth Trust, I have the opportunity to work hands-on with many of the Trust’s manuscripts. During the past two months, I have been involved in a project to locate and transcribe all of Mary Wordsworth’s unpublished letters in our collection. The […]

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29.07.2017

Romantic but hardly romantic: Sarah Fricker'’s life as Coleridge’'s wife

by Pamela Davenport On a recent visit to Somerset, I rediscovered the beautiful Quantock Hills, which are characterised by deeply wooded combes and wonderful heathland covered with heather, and are truly deserving of their designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Visiting Coleridge’s cottage in Nether Stowey made me think again about Coleridge as […]

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26.07.2017

Sounds of Wordsworth

by Steven Matthews and Paul Whitty  Steven Matthews, poet, and Paul Whitty, composer, share some insight into their exhibition ‘Sounds of Wordsworth’, which was on display at the Wordsworth Trust throughout June 2017. This exhibition presented work from an on-going and evolving project to ‘map’ sounds in the landscape, as they continue at the sites […]

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19.07.2017

'Most musical, most melancholy' : Nightingales in Milton, Coleridge and Keats

by Jeffrey Peters   In 1973, Harold Bloom’s Anxiety of Influence described the struggle of the Romantic poets to find a voice in a world dominated by Paradise Lost, but he did little to discuss the legacy of John Milton’s lesser poems. Just as the sun overwhelms the twinkle of distant stars, so too did […]

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