21. Poetry and Illustration: “Amicable strife”

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Sophie Thomas Associate Professor of English

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch21

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Thomas, S. (2010) Poetry and Illustration: “Amicable strife”, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch21

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 26 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650



  • poetry and illustration - “Amicable strife”;
  • William Wordsworth, sonnet on “Illustrated Books and Newspapers” - decrying stupefying effect of pictures in books and periodicals on the reading public;
  • Wordsworth's sonnet, set of tensions - verbal–visual relations proper to the period in question;
  • issues surrounding popularity of illustrated books of poetry - in the Romantic period;
  • Blake's illuminated books, and Wordsworth and Coleridge's engagement with illustration - Turner's designs for the poetry of Byron and Scott;
  • literary annuals and popular verse - beautifully bound presented volumes;
  • literary galleries, visual images and printed word - clear in long tradition of literary painting;
  • Blake and the “Sister” Arts - work of William Blake, so-called sister arts receiving their most powerful expression and their toughest challenge;
  • Wordsworth and Beaumont - appreciation of the graphic arts, from his acquaintance with Sir George Beaumont;
  • J. M. W. Turner, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - Italy, exhibited at the Royal Academy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Book Production and the Literary Marketplace

  • The Literary Annuals and Popular Verse

  • The Literary Galleries

  • Blake and the “Sister” Arts

  • Coleridge and the Pictures of the Mind

  • Wordsworth and Beaumont

  • Turner, Byron, and Scott

  • Conclusion: Ekphrasis and Illustration

  • References and Further Reading