34. The Persistence of Romanticism

  1. Charles Mahoney Associate Professor of English
  1. Willard Spiegelman Professor of English

Published Online: 3 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch34

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

A Companion to Romantic Poetry

How to Cite

Spiegelman, W. (2010) The Persistence of Romanticism, in A Companion to Romantic Poetry (ed C. Mahoney), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444390650.ch34

Editor Information

  1. University of Connecticut, USA

Author Information

  1. Southern Methodist University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135542

Online ISBN: 9781444390650



  • Romanticism and its persistence;
  • William Butler Yeats - “The Muncipal Gallery Revisited,” commitment he shared with John Millington Synge and Lady Augusta Gregory;
  • revolution set rolling by principles of Wordsworth's 1800 Preface to Lyrical Ballads - the Rhymers' Club and Irish Independence movement;
  • What “Romanticism” meant, or means, changes, of course - For Yeats, it had a distinctly conservative cast to it;
  • Stevens's echo of Keats rings loud - “Terra Incognita,” an ekphrastic lyric by Christopher Bakken;
  • Bishop, learning many things from Wordsworth - of the Wordsworthian poem of encounter;
  • Wordsworth, claiming always “to look steadily at my subject” - setting the standard for objective interactions with the natural surround;
  • Ammons's poem “Gravelly Run” - alluding to Wordsworth's “rocks and stones and trees”;
  • general legacy of Romanticism - creation or reflection of poetic “selfhood,” commitment to acts of speculation and looking;
  • allusion and quotation, turning poems into hybrid-responses to original models - poem inspiring another


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  • References and Further Reading