Series Editor: Joseph Pearce

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The Romantic Poets

Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge

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"Stop, Christian passer-by!—Stop, child of God,
And read with gentle breast. Beneath this sod
A poet lies, or that which once seem'd he.—
O, lift one thought in prayer for S.T.C."

The word "romantic" has so many varied meanings that C.S. Lewis quipped it should be deleted from our vocabulary. Yet, from the perspective of English literature, "romantic" is associated, first and foremost, with the poetry of Romanticism, the movement that accentuated the aesthetic value of emotion, human experience, and the majesty of nature. In this volume the finest works of the first generation of Romantic Poets—William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge—are assembled in an accessible and yet scholarly manner, together with a selection of contemporary criticism by tradition-oriented experts, in order to introduce these poets to a new generation of readers.

A look at the essays

Besides the copious editorial notes (Pearce, Asch) throughout this work, you'll find:

  • "'A Still More Naked and Simple Style'—the English Romantic Poets and the Ballad" – Raimund Borgmeier
  • "The Architecture of English Romanticism: Constructions of Wordsworth and Coleridge" – Crystal Downing
  • "The Romantic Sonnet in England" – Michael Hanke
  • "The Externalization of the Internal: Perception in Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience" – Louis Markos

Joseph Pearce situates the reader with the introductory essay.

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Meet the Minds behind the Romantic Poets Edition


Robert Asch

Robert Asch is an English critic, specializing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Educated in London and Toronto, he spent most of the 1990s in Central Europe and presently lives in France with his wife and children. He is a cofounder and coeditor of the Saint Austin Review, and editor of the Saint Austin Press. He is currently translating L�on Bloy and preparing an annotated edition of Lionel Johnson's writings.

Other Works Edited

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, and director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture. He is the editor of the St. Austin Review and the Ignatius Critical Editions series editor. He is the author of three books on Shakespeare, published by Ignatius Press: The Quest for Shakespeare: The Bard of Avon and the Church of Rome (2008), Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays (2010), and Shakespeare on Love: Seeing the Catholic Presence in Romeo and Juliet (2013). He has also published books on a number of modern literary figures, including Oscar Wilde, G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Roy Campbell, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Critical Essayists

Raimund Borgmeier

Raimund Borgmeier is professor emeritus of English Literature at the University of Giessen, Germany. He has been visiting professor of English at the University of Wisconsin in both Madison and Milwaukee. His research fields are Shakespeare, eighteenth-century and Romantic poetry and culture, special genres (science fiction and crime fiction), nineteenth-century fiction, and contemporary literature. In 2000, he was honored with the Festschrift Lineages of the Novel: Essays in Honour of R. B., ed. B. Reitz and E. Voigts-Virchow.

Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing

Crystal Downing received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies at Messiah College in Pennsylvania. She has published on a wide variety of literary topics, from Shakespeare to the Brontës, and has won both national and international awards for her essays on film. Her three books explore the relationship between Christianity and poststructuralism: Writing Performances (2004); How Postmodernism Serves (My) Faith (2006); and Changing Signs of Truth (2012).

Michael Hanke

Michael Hanke obtained his PhD and his habilitation at German universities. He taught English Literature at the universities of Hamburg, Duisburg, and Gie�en; has published books on John Crowe Ransom, Roy Campbell, and German Expressionist poetry; has written many articles on English literature; and has edited several collections of critical essays.


Louis Markos

Louis Markos is a professor in English and scholar in residence at Houston Baptist University and holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities; he is author of From Achilles to Christ, Pressing Forward: Tennyson and the Victorian Age, Apologetics for the 21st Century, and Eye of the Beholder: How to See the World Like a Romantic Poet.

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