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Wildly Romantic: The English Romantic Poets: The Mad, the Bad, and the Dangerous Hardcover – March 29, 2007


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (March 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805077839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805077834
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #977,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Andronik captures the English Romantic poets in all of their scandalous glory. Their notoriously reckless lives, from opium addictions and affairs to quirky obsessions and incest, have long been the stuff of literary legend, but seldom have they been rendered so accessible to teens. In the opening pages, for instance, the poets are set against the backdrop of a push in Europe for equality for the lower classes. This social movement is, in turn, likened to teenage rebellion: "What teenager doesn't want to be free and equal to authority?" The author accomplishes a difficult feat; she pulls readers into the soap opera-esque lives of the writers while skillfully weaving in discussion of the literary tradition and the historical context in which they operated. Each extensively researched chapter begins with narrative focusing on one individual and concludes with several poems, an arrangement that lends itself to contextual analysis. By the book's end, the crisscrossed lives and influences of these figures have been tied tightly together to provide an introduction to their world. Wildly Romantic is a "must have" for high school collections in need of high-interest titles on this period in English literature.—Jill Heritage Maza, Greenwich High School, CT
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This is not your usual YA literary biography. Weaving together the lives of the groundbreaking Romantic poets--Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats--Andronik talks about the revolution they brought to literature. She also describes their often flamboyantly radical lifestyles. Several were drug addicts, promiscuous, out of control. Byron had sex with boys and mistresses, even his half sister. Wordsworth, a passionate revolutionary in his youth, became ultraconservative and believed women should stay home. The open writing style makes reading easy; in fact, sometimes the text gets too chirpy, with contemporary colloquialisms about the upscale, carousing bunch and comparisons to "Hollywood's Star Trail." Best is the casual way Andronik weaves in the many classic poems at the end of each chapter. The rebels' controlled, exquisite lines will speak to teens about the lyrical use of everyday language. Hazel Rochman
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeri Lyn Flowers on July 7, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Illustrations:
Portraits of each poet contained in this resource are printed in black and white accompanying each biographical sketch. Occasionally, there is an image of a large, gray plume, presumably from a pen, filling a page between chapters.

Layout of type:
This is a single column layout. The font is simple and well spaced for easy reading. The poems are titled with a contrasting font in all capital letters. The index uses italics to denote pages that have illustrations of the indexed subject.

Chapters:
Introduction
Wordsworth
Esteesi
Lyrical balladeers
A life in ruins
Baby Byron
Young Shelley
Mary Godwin
Byronic entanglements
Byron and Shelley and the girls
Keats
Dead babies
Dead poets
Lives touched
End of an era
Chapter notes
Sources
For further reading and viewing
Index of poems
Index

Features:
The biographies of some of the romance poets are contained in this book, but there is an abundance of additional information about the time period and the relationships of the poets presented. There are two indexes; one of the poems, and one organized alphabetically by subjects.

Assessment:
This is a dependable resource that can be read as one might read a novel, straight through, or used as a reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old EnglishMajor on September 6, 2012
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well...at least for English majors. This is a well presented history of the Romantic Era poets. It is entertaining as well as informative. I'm not sure how historically accurate it is, but it appears to have been well researched. The poets certainly had their "soap opera" moments, and that aspect of their lives is well documented. Also the literary jealousies, ambitions, and personal failures of the writers are presented in an interesting and informative fashion. All in all, it's a "good read" and one that will both inform and entertain.
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By Gerald Ferguson on February 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Had very good thanks. She really liked it, and of course I was pleased. Giving books as gifts seems to work well.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the perfect book to get middle- and high-schoolers interested in 18th- and 19th-century poetry. (And let's face it, they're not going to get hooked on it of their own accord.) The scandalous details will reel 'em in and make the poets much more memorable than otherwise.

It's long been my opinion that people, especially students, are better off knowing the follies of the heroes of history (like the fact that Ben Franklin was a raging sex fiend, for example) -- not to demonize the aforementioned heroes or demean their accomplishments, but simply to make them more human.
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