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Romantic Lyric Poetry, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Jeremy Davies
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Core text (for purchase)

Michael O’Neill and Charles Mahoney, eds, Romantic poetry : an annotated anthology (Oxford: Blackwell, 2008)


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Poetry in the Romantic period

Introductions, edited collections and anthologies

Ashfield, Andrew, ed. Romantic Women Poets ISBN: 0719052939 (pbk); 0719053080; 0719052920 (v.2) (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997)

Chandler, James, and Maureen N. McLane, eds,  The Cambridge Companion to British Romantic Poetry  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)

Everest, Kelvin,  English romantic poetry : an introduction to the historical context and literary scene  (Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 1990)

Feldman, Paula R., British Women Poets of the Romantic Era: An Anthology ISBN: 0801866405 (pbk.); 9780801866401 (pbk.) (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997)

Ferber, Michael,  Romanticism : a very short introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Mahoney, Charles, ed.,  A companion to Romantic poetry  (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

McGann, Jerome J. The New Oxford Book of Romantic Period Verse ISBN: 0192141589 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993)

Roe, Nicholas, ed.,  Romanticism : an Oxford guide  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

Curran, Stuart, ed.,  The Cambridge Companion to British Romanticism, 2nd edn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010)


Some major works

Abrams, Meyer H ., The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition  (New York: Oxford University Press, 1953)

———,  Natural supernaturalism: tradition and revolution in romantic literature  (New York: Norton, 1971)

Ashfield, Andrew, and Peter de Bolla, eds,  The sublime : a reader in British eighteenth-century aesthetic theory  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Bennett, Andrew,  Keats, narrative and audience : the posthumous life of writing  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994)

Boyson, Rowan, Wordsworth and the Enlightenment idea of pleasure (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Curran, Stuart,  Poetic form and British romanticism  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986)

De Man, Paul,  The rhetoric of romanticism  (New York: Columbia University Press, 1984)

Fairer, David,  Organising Poetry: The Coleridge Circle, 1790-1798  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009)

Fry, Paul, Wordsworth and the poetry of what we are (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008)

Goodman, Kevis, Georgic Modernity and British Romanticism: Poetry and the Mediation of History ISBN: 9780521057295 (pbk); 0521831687 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)

Hartman, Geoffrey H., Wordsworth's Poetry, 1787-1814 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1971)

Hogle, Jerrold,  Shelley's process : radical transference and the development of his major works  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988)

Janowitz, Anne,  Lyric and labour in the romantic tradition  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998)

Jarvis, Simon, Wordsworth's philosophic song (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Keach, William,  Shelley's style (London: Methuen, 1984)

Levinson, Marjorie, Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric ISBN: 9780191864841 (ebook) : No price (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)

McFarland, Thomas,  Romanticism and the forms of ruin : Wordsworth, Coleridge, and modalities of fragmentation  (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1981)

McGann, Jerome,  The poetics of sensibility : a revolution in literary style (Oxford: Clarendon, 1996)

O’Neill, Michael, Romanticism and the Self-Conscious Poem (Oxford: Clarendon, 1997)

Perry, Seamus,  Coleridge and the Uses of Division (Oxford: Clarendon, 1999)

Richardson, Alan, The neural sublime : cognitive theories and romantic texts (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010)

Ricks, Christopher,  Keats and Embarrassment  (Oxford: Clarendon, 1974)

Stafford, Fiona, Local attachments : the province of poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010)

Vendler, Helen, The odes of John Keats  (Cambridge, MA: Belknap, 1983)

Wolfson, Susan, Formal charges : the shaping of poetry in British romanticism (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997)

———,  Reading John Keats (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015)


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Theory and practice of the lyric

Anthologies and reference

Cook, Jon, ed.,  Poetry in theory : an anthology, 1900-2000 (Oxford: Blackwell, 2004)

Greene, Roland, and others, eds,  The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012)

Jackson, Virginia, and Yopie Prins, eds,  The lyric theory reader : a critical anthology  (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014)

Leitch, Vincent B., and others, eds,  The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism, 2nd edn (New York: Norton, 2010) [see the list of relevant essays on p. xxiii]

Müller-Zettelmann, Eva, and Margarete Rubik, eds,  Theory into poetry : new approaches to the lyric  (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2005)

Thain, Marion, ed.,  The lyric poem : formations and transformations  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)


Introductory guides

Brewster, Scott,  Lyric (London: Routledge, 2009)

Brooks, Cleanth, and Robert Penn Warren, Understanding poetry (Forth Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1988)

Carper, Thomas, and Derek Attridge,  Meter and meaning : an introduction to rhythm in poetry  (New York: Routledge, 2003)

Hollander, John,  Rhyme's Reason: A Guide to English Verse, 3rd edn (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001)

Hurley, Michael D., and Michael O'Neill, eds,  Poetic form : an introduction (Cambridge Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Lennard, John,  The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005)

Lindley, David,  Lyric  (London: Methuen, 1985)


Some major works

Attridge, Derek, Moving words : forms of English poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)

Bahti, Timothy, Ends of the lyric : direction and consequence in Western poetry (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996)

Blasing, Mutlu Konuk, Lyric poetry : the pain and pleasure of words (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007)

Bloom, Harold, The anxiety of influence : a theory of poetry  (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1975)

Bradley, A. C., Oxford Lectures on Poetry, 2nd edn (London: Macmillan, 1934)

Brooks, Cleanth, The Well Wrought Urn: Studies in the Structure of Poetry (San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1975)

Brown, Marshall, 'Negative Poetics: On Skepticism and the Lyric Voice', Representations., 86 (2004), 120-40

Clark, Timothy, The Theory of Inspiration ISBN: 0719050642 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1997)

Culler, Jonathan, Theory of the lyric  (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2015)

Frye, Northrop, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays  (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1957)

Gibbons, Reginald, How poems think  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015)

Hardy, Barbara Nathan, The advantage of lyric : essays on feeling in poetry  (London: Athlone, 1977)

Hegel, G. W. F., Aesthetics: Lectures on Fine Art, 2 vols, trans. by T. M. Knox (Oxford: Clarendon, 1975)

Heidegger, Martin, '"...Poetically Man Dwells..."', in Poetry, language, thought, trans. by Albert Hofstadter (New York: Perennial, 2001), pp. 213-29

Leighton, Angela, On Form: Poetry, Aestheticism, and the Legacy of a Word ISBN: 9780199551934 (pbk.) : £14.99; 0199551936 (pbk.) : £14.99 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008)

Parini, Jay, Why poetry matters  (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008)

Richards, I. A., Practical Criticism: A Study of Literary Judgment, ed. by John Constable (London: Routledge, 2011)

Ricks, Christopher, Allusion to the poets (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)

Smith, Barbara Herrnstein, On the margins of discourse : the relation of literature to language  (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978)

Wellek, Rene, and Austin Warren, Theory of Literature, 3rd edn (London: Penguin, 1963)

'The New Lyric Studies,' special section of PMLA., 123 (2008), 181-234

This list was last updated on 11/01/2019