A History of English Romanticism in the Nineteenth Century, first published in 1926, presents the great artistic and literary innovations of the Romantic movement according to an often overlooked and unacknowledged definition of ‘Romanticism’, which is of particular relevance in the consideration of the English Romantic spirit: pertaining to the style of the Christian and popular literature of the Middle Ages.
The author recapitulates the key contributions of English poets – including Scott, Coleridge and Keats - in light of their recovery of certain themes and leitmotifs that clearly distinguish the Romantic style. In addition, the development of the Romantic movement in France and Germany is given some attention, and the specific tendencies of their respective approaches is considered in relation to England. The emergence of the Pre-Raphaelites is investigated, and a tentative evaluation of the progress of English Romanticism in the nineteenth century is offered.
1. Walter Scott 2. Coleridge, Bowles, and the Pope Controversy 3. Keats, Leigh Hunt, and the Dante Revival 4. The Romantic School in Germany 5. The Romantic Movement in France 6. Diffused Romanticism in the Literature of the Nineteenth Century 7. The Pre-Raphaelites 8. Tendencies and Results
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