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Barry Cornwall: Lost Nightingale

  • Richard Marggraf TurleyEmail author
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Abstract

In 1820, the reputation of Barry Cornwall, pseudonym of solicitor Bryan Waller Procter (1787–1874), was at its height. One of the most popular male poets of the age, Cornwall was the prolific author of Cockneyish poems that shared themes and sources with those of Keats. Unlike his less market-savvy rival, however, Cornwall was feted by public and critics alike. Today, Barry Cornwall is little read. His work has fallen out of all the major Romantic anthologies, and the poet himself is valued only for his literary reminiscences of more highly regarded writers. In the discourse of Romantic marginality, Cornwall is one of those ‘other’ Romantics. This essay’s concern is with retrieval, reclamation, and rehabilitation, with ways of seeing. I suggest that Cornwall’s relationship with his now more famous peers, particularly Keats, helps us to understand how marginalised writers are produced, and poetic canons constructed and materialised.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Aberystwyth UniversityAberystwythWales, UK

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