Shakespeare and the English Romantic Imagination

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Although it is well known that the Romantics were obsessed with Shakespeare, extraordinarily little attention has been paid to how this affected their creative practice and their theories of the imagination. Yet Shakespeare's effect on both was crucial, as the book shows in this study, which includes the first full critical discussions of Shakespeare and Wordsworth, and of the influence of the plays on the poetry of Blake and Coleridge. The book also offers a fresh account of Shakespeare's powerful presence in the letters and poems of Keats and Byron, and in the Romantic drama, especially in Shelley's The Cenci.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages296
ISBN (Electronic)9780191671883
ISBN (Print)9780198129943
StatePublished - Oct 3 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Creative practice
  • Drama
  • Imagination
  • Poetry
  • Romantics
  • Shakespeare
  • Theories

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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