Robert Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism by Lynda Pratt

By Lynda Pratt

Lynda Pratt's selection of especially commissioned essays is the 1st edited quantity dedicated to the a number of connections among Robert Southey (1774-1843) and English Romantic tradition. an immense and hugely debatable personage in his personal day, Southey has till lately been the forgotten member of the Lake university.

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By Lynda Pratt

Lynda Pratt's selection of especially commissioned essays is the 1st edited quantity dedicated to the a number of connections among Robert Southey (1774-1843) and English Romantic tradition. an immense and hugely debatable personage in his personal day, Southey has till lately been the forgotten member of the Lake university.

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Liii–lxii. 16 The latter at times reads like a summary of how Warton might have completed his history had he progressed beyond 1600. It is not surprising that Warton the poet also plays a vital enabling role in Southey’s story. At the heart of this national character, and something Southey particularly emphasises in his 1814 essay, is the raw material of the English language, the ‘ore’ out of which poetry is made. It is clear that his ideal, lying between crudeness and over-refinement, is a practical working of the materials that does not sacrifice strength to ornateness: ‘the mere ore of speech’, he notes, ‘must be refined before it can be ductile enough for verse.

419–20 (‘Life of Dryden’). 18 ‘Johnson gave it the sanction of his great authority, that Waller and Denham began to refine our versification ... But there was no subject of which Johnson, if he knew any thing, knew so little as of our early poetry’ (1835:294). He repeats the point on (1835:306). Southey’s Literary History 7 sentence it becomes clear that Southey belongs to the first of the opposing critical ‘parties’ identified by Vicesimus Knox in 1782: I think it is not difficult to perceive, that the admirers of English poetry are divided into two parties.

Future references are given in the text in the form of (1835:291). 14 See René Wellek, The Rise of English Literary History (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1941), pp. 162–5. Pope’s sketch plan was first printed by Owen Ruffhead, The Life of Alexander Pope (London: C. Bathurst, H. Woodfall, W. Strahan, J. Rivington and F. Rivington, W. , 1769), p. 425. , ed. Richard Mant, 5th edn, 2 vols (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1802), I, pp. liii–lxii. 16 The latter at times reads like a summary of how Warton might have completed his history had he progressed beyond 1600.

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