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The Late Poetry of the Lake Poets
Romanticism Revised


Part of Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107033979

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  • The long-established association of Romanticism with youth has resulted in the early poems of the Lake Poets being considered the most significant. Tim Fulford challenges the tendency to overlook the later poetry of no longer youthful poets, which has had the result of neglecting the Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey of the 1820s and leaving unexamined the three poets' rise to popularity in the 1830s and 1840s. He offers a fresh perspective on the Lake Poets as professional writers shaping long careers through new work, as well as the republication of their early successes. The theme of lateness, incorporating revision, recollection, age and loss, is examined within contexts including gender, visual art, and the commercial book market. Fulford investigates the Lake Poets' later poems for their impact now, while also exploring their historical effects in their own time and counting the costs of their omission from Romanticism.

    • Provides new perspectives on the often overlooked late work of Coleridge, Southey and Wordsworth
    • Makes a strong new case for the importance of Southey alongside Wordsworth and Coleridge
    • Focuses on the theme of lateness incorporating revision, recollection, age and loss
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This richly contextual, deeply researched book is likely to appeal to all those interested in the evolution of the long creative life, and the challenges it presents to traditional categories of literary periodization.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'The 'Lakeness' of Southey, Coleridge and Wordsworth amounted to a revisionary belatedness. This richly researched study shows us how an initially hostile label came to signify something positive about these poets … this study includes many brilliantly resourceful close readings of unfamiliar poems. Fulford's critical style is enlivened by daring coinages that show off his writerly verve and reinternalize the literary as a presence within what he has to say. Not the least virtue of this learned book is not just how much its trenchant re-assessments inform us, but how well it displays the author's relish of and commitment to poetry.' Peter Larkin, Review 19 (

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107033979
    • length: 327 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 157 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Southey:
    1. The Lake Poets and the picturesque view: the visual turn in the late Southey
    2. Poetic hells and pacific edens: Southey's Tale of Paraguay and Byron's The Island
    Part II. Coleridge:
    3. Print and performance: Christabel: Kubla Khan, A Vision
    The Pains of Sleep
    4. The language of love in the late Coleridge: annual verse and collected poetry
    Part III. Wordsworth:
    5. Naming the abyss: Wordsworth and the sound of power
    6. Picturing the prehistoric: Wordsworth's sightseeing.

  • Author

    Tim Fulford, De Montfort University, Leicester
    Tim Fulford is a Professor of English at De Montfort University, Leicester. He has published widely on Romantic and eighteenth-century literature and culture. He is editor of The Banks of Wye: A Critical Edition (2012) and co-editor of Robert Southey: Later Poetical Works, 1811–1838 (2012).

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