When preparing English Romantic Writers, one of the principal considerations was the relevance of the English Romantic writers to our own generation. This book offers a very generous selection from authors who have traditionally held a large place in our consciousness of English Romanticism, but it also includes other figures, especially women, who have been less emphasized in the past. The intellectual discourses of the age concerning governance, politics, and the impact of the French Revolution, gender and the status of women, the nature of nature and of human psychology, and the theory of literature and art are represented in the prose and poetry of writers like Wordsworth, Coleridge, the Shelleys, and Keats. There is also an usually large selection of ancillary materials -- letters, journals, reviews, and reminiscences of the writers.
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This book of poetry depicts, displays, and describes the minds of the 18th and 19th centuries like no other. With great excerpts from Coleridge, Keats, and Wordsworth that anyone not only a lover of poetry can apprieciate.
I've worked in the textbook publishing industry and I know why a lot of textbooks cost so much money. But every word of this material is in the public domain, except for the superfluous editor's comments, which were no more insightful than Wikipedia. In fact, the longer poems, like "Don Juan," are exerpted, anyway. This is exactly the kind of text that should be accessed through something like Googlebooks.
Seller stated book was in very good condition (seller stated it only had marking on one page. a single page) Instead, there's notes in almost every assignment I've had so far. Lots and lots of marginal notes and highlighting and underlining. I would not have purchased this copy is I'd known it was so marked up. Seller should be ashamed and if I didn't need it for class, I'd send it back.
Book in general is alright. Not sure why my professor assigned it, since it's 20 years old and poorly selected (not many of the influential female writers). There are certainly better anthologies of Romantic poetry.
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