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And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time by William Blake
Auguries Of Innocence by William Blake
The Book Of Thel by William Blake
The Chimney Sweeper, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
The Clod And The Pebble, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
The Defiled Sanctuary by William Blake
Earth's Answer, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
The Garden Of Love, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
Holy Thursday, Fr. Songs Of Innocence by William Blake
The Lamb, Fr. Songs Of Innocence by William Blake
The Little Black Boy, Fr. Songs Of Innocence by William Blake
London, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
Mock On, Mock On! Voltaire, Rousseau by William Blake
Nurse's Song, Fr. Songs Of Innocence by William Blake
A Poison Tree, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
Preludium by William Blake
Proverbs Of Hell by William Blake
The Sick Rose, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
The Smile by William Blake
Song by William Blake
Songs Of Experience: Introduction by William Blake
Songs Of Innocence: Introduction by William Blake
The Sunflower, Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
Thel's Motto by William Blake
The Tyger [tiger], Fr. Songs Of Experience by William Blake
When We Two Parted by George Gordon Byron
Christabel: Part 1 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Christabel: Part 2 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Dejection: An Ode by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Dungeon by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
France: An Ode by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Frost At Midnight by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
On A Ruined House In A Romantic Country by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Pains Of Sleep by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 1 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 2 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 3 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 4 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 5 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 6 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Part 7 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
This Lime-tree Bower My Prison by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Eve Of St. Agnes by John Keats
Isabella, Or The Pot Of Basil by John Keats
Italy Sweet Too! by John Keats
Last Sonnet (revised Version) by John Keats
Lines On The Mermaid Tavern by John Keats
Ode On A Grecian Urn by John Keats
Ode On Indolence by John Keats
Ode On Melancholy by John Keats
Ode To A Nightingale by John Keats
Ode To Psyche by John Keats
On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer by John Keats
On Seeing The Elgin Marbles by John Keats
On The Sea by John Keats
Sonnet by John Keats
Sonnet by John Keats
Sonnet by John Keats
Sonnet To Mrs. Reynold's Cat by John Keats
Sonnet: To Homer by John Keats
Sonnet: To Sleep by John Keats
To Autumn by John Keats
To J. H. Reynolds Esq. by John Keats
Arethusa by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley
A Dirge by Percy Bysshe Shelley
England In 1819 by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Flight Of Love by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Hellas; A Lyrical Drama by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Hymn To Intellectual Beauty by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Indian Serenade by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Love's Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ode To The West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Song by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Song To The Men Of England by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Sonnet by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Stanzas 1-45 by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Stanzas Written In Dejection, Near Naples by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To - (1) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To A Skylark by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Jane: The Invitation by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Jane: The Recollection by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To Night by Percy Bysshe Shelley
To The Moon (1) by Percy Bysshe Shelley
The Waning Moon by Percy Bysshe Shelley
With A Guitar, To Jane by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Apparition On The Lake by William Wordsworth
Character Of The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth
Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 by William Wordsworth
Daffodils by William Wordsworth
Ecclesiastical Sonnets: Part 3: 34. Mutability by William Wordsworth
Extempore Effusion Upon The Death Of James Hogg by William Wordsworth
In London, Setpember 1802 by William Wordsworth
Lines Composed A Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey by William Wordsworth
London, 1802 (2) by William Wordsworth
Lucy (1) by William Wordsworth
Lucy (2) by William Wordsworth
Lucy (3) by William Wordsworth
Lucy (4) by William Wordsworth
Lucy Gray; Or, Solitude by William Wordsworth
Nutting by William Wordsworth
Ode To Duty by William Wordsworth
Ode: Intimations Of Immortality From Recollections Of Early Childhood by William Wordsworth
On The Extinction Of The Venetian Republic by William Wordsworth
Perfect Woman by William Wordsworth
'the Prelude': Book Xi, 105-143 by William Wordsworth
The Rainbow [in The Sky] by William Wordsworth
Resolution And Independence by William Wordsworth
The Solitary Reaper by William Wordsworth
The Sonnet by William Wordsworth
To Toussaint L'ouverture by William Wordsworth
We Are Seven by William Wordsworth
The World; Sonnet by William Wordsworth
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About the Author

Stanley Appelbaum served for decades as Dover's Editor in Chief until his retirement in 1996. He continues to work as a selector, compiler, editor, and translator of literature in a remarkable range of languages that includes Spanish, Italian, French, German, and Russian.
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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Edition edition (November 8, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486292827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486292823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dale A. Favier on July 31, 2002
Format: Paperback
The price is certainly right. I used this book to teach a high-school poetry class. The selection of Blake is the weakest part of it: the selections from Innocence and Experience aren't ample enough to give a real sense for the book, and exclude some lyrics that I just couldn't do without (e.g. the "Holy Thursday" of Experience). The complete lack of notes (which originally I thought of as a plus :->) led to some unnecessary pain for students -- I remember one attempted close-reading of "The Extinction of the Venetian Republic" which toiled slowly through the poem, dealing with mysteries that wouldn't have been mysterious at all if there had been even a brief note on the political context of the poem.
On the plus side, there is not a bad poem in the whole book: every rift is loaded with ore. And it's an attractive paperback, nicely typeset, comfortable in the hands: it doesn't feel like a cheapo-cheapo book, which you'd rather expect from the price.
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Dover Thrift Edition books are known for providing classical literature for a great price, without abridging the material (unless they say so of course). This anthology is no exception. The best poets of the English Romantic period are included, including two of my favorites, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Blake, Byron, Shelley, and Keats are also represented quite liberally.
Don't expect too much of this anthology outside of the actual poems themselves though. It is a Thrift Edition after all. The paper is strong, but not of the highest quality. There are brief introductions to each of the poets, but no real commentary or notes on the poems themselves. The editor does translate some of the ancient languages that the poets occasionally employ, like Latin and Greek. At the end there is an index of first-lines and titles. Also, I have to say, that these are not "romantic" as modern readers often use the term. "Romantic" refers to an era of art, music, philosophy, and literature where artists and writers allowed their emotions to overflow using a whole host of symbols, creating great works that owed more to the depths of the Imagination than the rational intellect. Coleridge was himself a theologian and philosopher and expressed many of his ideas of Imagination and eternal Symbol in his poems. Overall, this is a good sampling of some of the finest poetry available. Factoring in price and quantity, it is definitely 4 stars.
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Fine choice of poetry. The collection works beautifully on my Kindle app for PC. However, when I transferred this collection to my Kindle, the lists of poem titles and the links to them disappeared leaving only links to the poets. This means a lot of paging through text to get to the individual poems that are piled up on each other with little if any spacing between. There is an index of first lines at the back of the collection but this contains page numbers without links so is almost useless. I am only able to make use of this wonderful collection of poetry on my Kindle by using it with the information given on my Kindle for PC application

Why would the format be so different on PC and Kindle, when it's the same download?
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I think most readers know what they are going to get with a 'Dover edition or reprint'. An attractive, spartan looking volume( It has changed in recent years and their volumes are more colorful) without extensive commentary or note. The works themselves.

In this case it is a collection of the poetry of the great Romantics, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron.

There are of course many anthologies of this poet, most with more elaborate notes and explication.

But I love many of these poems so much that I am happy to see them again in any new edition.

The poetry of the English Romantic period is among the greatest Mankind has.

On that basis primarily I would recommend this volume.
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For most of my life I have had a passion for poetry. Even though I am not a real fan of English poetry, decided to expand my horizons and read more poetry on this topic. This volume (English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology edited by Stanley Appelbaum) focuses on six poets of the English Romantic era. They include work from William Blake, William wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley and John Keats.

There are numerous wonderful poems in this collection but I also found a few that were just too long and sometimes boring to read. I did like one of the long poems (Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner), but I have always loved the short poem forms best. Some of the long poems in this collection are longer than many short stories I have read. I am sure some poetry lovers enjoy these long never ending poems, but this is not my cup of tea. Nevertheless, there are many beautiful poems in this collection from some of England's most famous poets and that is why I liked it enough to give it 4 stars.

In conclusion, if you are an English poetry lover you will probably enjoy this volume.

Rating: 4 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
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