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The Politics of Romantic Poetry

In Search of the Pure Commonwealth


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Richard Cronin
      Pages 1-18
  3. The Revolutionary Years

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Richard Cronin
      Pages 48-60
    3. Richard Cronin
      Pages 61-82
  4. The War against Napoleon

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Richard Cronin
      Pages 92-109
    3. Richard Cronin
      Pages 110-127
    4. Richard Cronin
      Pages 128-144
  5. England in 1819

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Richard Cronin
      Pages 156-180
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 200-225

About this book


In recent years critics of Romantic poetry have divided into two groups that have little to say to one another. One group, as yet the most numerous, insists that to study a poem is to investigate the historical circumstances out of which it was produced; the other retorts that poetry offers pleasures fully available only to readers whose attention is focused on their language. This book attempts to reconcile the two groups by arguing that a poet's most effective political action is the forging of a new language, and that the political import of a poem is a function of its style.


England poem poetry Political Action Romanticism Wordsworth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

About the authors

Richard Cronin is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Bibliographic information


He is a master of his subject, and his book is the most ground-breaking critique of the Romantic movement to have appeared... Times Literary Supplement (UK)