Ten Poems by The Romantics
With an Introduction by Catherine Kay, Education Officer at The Wordsworth Trust, Ten Poems by The Romantics covers a lot of ground in a short space (not quite William Blake’s “a world in a grain of sand” but something along those lines). The Romantics shared a passionate belief in the transforming power of the imagination and a related faith in the human spirit. The poems in this selection introduce the reader to the ideas and themes of Romantic poetry, and also to its beauty and music.
William Blake, ‘A Poison Tree’
George Gordon (Lord) Byron, ‘She walks in Beauty’
William Wordsworth, ‘The Solitary Reaper’ and ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ‘Frost at Midnight’
Charlotte Smith, ‘To Melancholy’
John Keats, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’
Felicia Hemans, ‘Casabianca’
Dorothy Wordsworth, from ‘Grasmere – a Fragment’
Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘Ozymandias’
Cover illustration by Peter Reddick
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